The Cooperative Difference

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Lawmakers loosen gridlock for co-op legislation

Sometimes it may appear there is only gridlock and divisiveness in Washington, D.C., and there is indeed an abundance of that. However, there are also many things being accomplished that the average American never hears about ­­— things that may not make headlines or be “exciting” enough to make the…

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New beginnings

January marks the time for setting goals and expectations for a new year, often referred to as resolutions. At the outset, we are optimistic, rested from the holiday season and full of energy. Whether it’s a new business or product launch, a new school semester, a creative business plan or…

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’Tis the season for giving

The month of December is a time of giving, caring and sharing, and a special time for families and friends to spend time together. The employees, managers and directors of the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas celebrate this special time of year by giving their time, resources and joyful service to…

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Willie Wiredhand: A symbol of co-op pride

More than 60 years ago, a dramatic courtroom battle took place between investor-owned utilities (IOUs) and rural electric cooperatives. The subject of the dispute: whether or not the rural electric cooperatives could have their own mascot — Willie Wiredhand — separate and distinct from the IOU mascot dubbed Reddy Kilowatt.…