By Marc Cullison
I’ve always been a fan of coops, and since moving to a rural part of Oklahoma in the early 80s, I have become fond of the Cookson Hills Electric Coop. These folks are always there for you, and so is the electricity. Well, except for the times when weather and other circumstances make it unavailable. But that’s when the folks at Cookson Hills get in gear and take care of it all.
I have a great deal of respect for the people who work in the field. I would not care to have their jobs. It’s got to be rough. I spend enough time outside in the winter cutting and splitting wood and making repairs on my house. I know what it must be like to traipse through trees and brush and creeks to find and correct electric outages. They have my undying gratitude. To make it really sweet, the folks in the office are always courteous and helpful when I call. It’s a win-win for everyone.
I imagine we rural folks pay a bit more for electrical power than the those who live in a city, but we gladly endure that for the peace and quite the country brings. No lawn mowers on Sunday morning while you’re trying to sleep, no prying eyes into your back yard during your outdoor dinners, and very little traffic zooming by your house all day and night. Plus we get the pleasure of seeing wildlife pass by into the woods and bright stars at night that are not masked by bright lights of the city.
I’m glad we don’t have to rely on oil lamps and such at night, although I might not be opposed to them as long as I could enjoy the pleasures of the country. But as long as I am a member of the Cookson Hills Electric Coop, I don’t have to worry about that. Well, except for weather catastrophes.