Letter to the Editor

Above and beyond

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Dear Editor,

Our heartfelt thanks go out to the REA crews who worked long and hard hours to restore power to the rural areas of McCook.

They went above and beyond the call of duty, working 20 hour shifts until they were pulled off late Saturday night and sent home for some rest. Then back again early Sunday morning as some areas still did not have power.

We take so many things for granted until they are no longer available to us. Flip the switch for lights; turn the handle for water; push the button to do the laundry.

All at once I flipped, turned and pushed and nothing happened! If we did not have cattle to feed and water we could have loaded up Dogbert -- headed to McCook and motel'd it for a couple of nights.

That not being an option, Harlow got out the generator and we were good to go -- for the first day. Then the generator quit. Harlow called Kenny at K&C Motor and Electric who worked past closing hours Friday night to fix our generator.

Kenny is an example of the type of persons living in our area who go out of their way to help when someone is in trouble.

Our thanks to him also. Saturday evening Harlow took the generator to pump water for the cattle we have about a mile from here. As I sat here in the dark, with just a tiny candle for light, I thought back to visiting my grandparents on their farm when I was a child.

They didn't have any electricity or the conveniences we all take for granted now, but they were happy. And the things they did have were an advancement over what their parents had.

Maybe it takes being without for a while for us to fully appreciate what we have.

Nancy L. Wilhelm,


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