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January 2018 Letters

TCP Talk

Letters and comments from our readers

Restoring Service

We live in a very rural part of Rockport and have enjoyed San Patricio Electric Cooperative service for over 12 years. Our area was devastated by Harvey, and we would like to thank San Patricio EC employees for their outstanding performance in restoring service.

While all of the larger power providers were struggling to get their customers back in service, San Patricio EC went above and beyond our expectations to get us on the road to recovery.

Robert Boston | Rockport
San Patricio EC

Harvey’s Superheroes

Our daughter teaches in Woodsboro, southwest of Refugio. Like the other towns in that coastal area, Woodsboro incurred a lot of damage from Hurricane Harvey [‘It’s Just What You Do,’ November 2017]. Power poles were snapped off one after another along long stretches of Highway 77, and fallen trees ripped down power lines throughout the town.

Teams of linemen arrived with fleets of bucket trucks, and what a welcome sight they were! I just want these linemen to know how grateful these storm victims are for your dedication and endless hours of work, often far from your own homes, to restore power to the area. You guys are real superheroes.

Marilyn Marshall | New Braunfels
Guadalupe Valley EC

I have nothing but heartfelt gratitude and admiration for all the linemen and techs—those from the various co-ops and those who were borrowed or volunteered to come to the Texas coast—who got our power back on.

Yet well before all of Harvey’s destruction was taken care of, many of those same linemen had to rush to Florida to assist after Hurricane Irma. Men and women, you are to be praised, thanked, commended and blessed.

Joyce Schaefer | Port Lavaca
Victoria, Pedernales and Karnes ECs

Those Who Served

My father and many of my uncles served in World War II. My brother-in-law served in Vietnam. Countless friends have served this country so that we have freedom. I love my country and our flag, and I’m forever grateful for those who have served this country. We as a nation owe them [Welcome Home, November 2017].

Connie Thomas | Bowie
Wise EC

Checking Up on the Chicks

Well, first you had me hooked, but now I’m just irritated. I have spent an hour trying to find the answer online for Here a Chick, There a Chick [Currents, October 2017]. What is the answer?

Kathleen Phillips | Camp Wood
Pedernales EC

Editor’s note: The riddle we printed in Currents was supposed to be fun, but more than a dozen readers let us know they couldn’t find the answer online (it is there, we promise). Here is the riddle: 100 chicks sit peacefully in a circle. Suddenly, each chick pecks the chick immediately to its left or right. What is the expected number of unpecked chicks?

The answer is 25. For any one chick, there are four possible outcomes: getting pecked only by the chick to its left, pecked only by the chick to its right, pecked by both chicks, or pecked by neither. Each of the four outcomes is equally probable, so there is a one in four chance of any chick being unpecked. Because there are 100 chicks in the circle, each with a 25 percent chance of not being pecked, 25 is the expected outcome.