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February 2020 Letters

TCP Talk

Letters and comments from our readers

Clip–and–Save Recipes

Being in my 20s, I know that I am in the minority of your readership, but that also makes me the future of your readership. I read your articles monthly, but I only ever save the recipes, just like my mother and my mother’s mother before her. I clip them out and keep them in my homemade recipe book/binder/scrapbook.

Kasey Menn | Bryan
Bryan Texas Utilities

Keeping in Touch

I am 84 and rely on good reading material to keep in touch with “all.”

Seldom have I enjoyed such fine articles as your November issue. I began with interesting Letters, then the woman behind Wreaths Across America and the magnificent photos accompanying the one-of-a-kind artists. Then comes my favorite subject—history.

Brenna Quebbemann | Blanco
Pedernales EC and CECA

Startling Conclusion

The star on the coin looks nothing like the lone star on the flag [A Star Is Born, December 2019]. There were stars for centuries on flags, shields and emblems of nations. Our Texas founding fathers . . . considered Texas a “lone star”—alone as a region fighting the tyrannical dictatorship of Santa Anna.

To try to stretch so far to connect these patriots to an insignificant star on a coin minted in 1817 is a thin presumption and certainly not clear. The Long Expedition in 1819, usually given credibility for being the first image of the lone star, is proven history.

Coy Prather | Montalba
Trinity Valley EC

Made in Texas

It is great that you are celebrating the makers in our areas [In the Making, November 2019]. Nice photos and nice story.

Travis Froehlich | Bastrop
Bluebonnet EC

So many of us artisans here in Texas! . . . My husband and I have been making soap for the past 17 years using the milk from our award-winning Nubian dairy goats.

Caroline Lawson | Via Facebook
Navasota Valley EC

Ryan Drapela is an awesome young man. He works hard to be the best craftsman he can be.

Mark Woods | Via Facebook

Hamil to the Rescue

President Richard Nixon’s failure to thwart REA was a huge success for rural electrification nationwide [Nixon’s Attack on Co-ops, December 2019]. Pictured behind Nixon was REA administrator Dave Hamil, a dear friend of mine.

Hamil almost single-handedly organized national leadership to save co-ops. Nixon was forced to sign legislation that restored federally funded loans and even greater financial health to co-ops.

Bill Muldoon | Kerrville
Central Texas EC

Co-ops and VFDs

I applaud your recognition of the critical importance and needs of volunteer fire departments in the communities they serve [Putting Others First, October 2019]. There are several volunteer fire departments served by our local co-op, Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative, including the McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department.

In October, the McQueeney VFD was the recipient of a Power-Up Grant of $20,000 for the purchase of lifesaving extrication equipment. This is one of the many ways in which GVEC has helped our department to better serve our community.

Marilyn Marshall | New Braunfels
Guadalupe Valley EC