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June 2017 Letters

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Letters and comments from our readers

Lineman Appreciation

My most thankful appreciation for all the linemen who risk their lives to keep us in power [Much Appreciated, April 2017]. If there is a problem in Llano or Field Creek during a storm, I always tell the person answering to hold off sending our linemen out until the danger (storm) is over.

Of course, the danger is never over. The high voltage is always there.

Dottie Simpson | Llano
Central Texas EC

Every month, when I open our magazine, I remember my brother, John Flanagan, a lineman for the Houston County REA [now Houston County EC]. Sonny, as he was known, helped bring power to all parts of rural Houston County. He put a ceramic light fixture with a pull string in each room of the rural homes and a wall plug that brought precious power to homes that had never had electricity before.

When my wife was office manager for Northeast Texas EC in Longview, she decorated their office with pictures and personal equipment belonging to my brother. Thank you for the article Line of Duty [October 2016], as it brought back many memories of lives enhanced by linemen like Sonny Flanagan.

Rick Flanagan | Franklin County
Wood County EC


I’m pleased (relieved) to know that others share my addiction to and fascination with buttons [Gluttons for Buttons, March 2017]. While shopping for vintage linens, I started collecting buttons, as well.

Gaye Kriegel | Georgetown
Pedernales EC

Weathered Memories

Until reading Blizzard of 1957 [March 2017], I did not realize I had lived through the top three weather events of the Panhandle.

I was about 4 when I was in a dust storm so bad that we turned the lights on in my house, and Mother put damp towels down to keep fine dust out of the windows.

At 13, standing outside my junior high school after play practice, I watched the tornado go over the school on its way to Higgins and Woodward, Oklahoma.

In 1957, I was married and teaching school in the same town, Pampa, when the snow shut us in for three days.

Sue Lynn Hatcher | Victoria
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