Power to the people



Dear Editor:

Rep. Nicole Grohoski’s commentary in last week’s EA is right-on. Based on my own personal experience of being a 10-plus-year member of the Jackson Electric Membership (JMC) Co-op, I can attest to the quality service, economy and dependability of a not-for-profit, membership-owned electric co-op.

JMC is based in Jefferson, Ga., and was founded in 1938 to serve rural towns in Georgia that did not receive municipality-supplied electricity. It is the largest nonprofit, membership-owned co-op in the state of Georgia.

I moved from Lawrenceville, Ga., to Maine in October 2003. Every few years I receive a dividend check from JMC in the mail! When I called to question “why” I was still receiving a check, I was told: “As a former owner/member-user, JMC will continue to send you a dividend check for life.” Confirmation to me that it is truly a nonprofit.

Has anyone around here recently had a pleasant experience with your for-profit/shareholder-minded power company? Probably not! You might want to research LD 1708 and consider supporting it. From my experience, you’ve nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

Serena R. Smith

Franklin

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