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Don't discard that ballot

Posted: March 27, 2012 - 8:56am

On Friday, March 30, Homer Electric Association election ballots will be mailed to members. If you buy electricity from HEA you're eligible to vote for a person to represent your interests on the Board of Directors.

Why bother to vote?

HEA Directors make decisions that affect your pocket book and quality of life. They approve hundreds of millions of dollars in loans and purchases. They determine what projects -- power plants, transmission and distribution lines, substations, dams and creek diversions -- will be built and how to staff them. They decide when and how much to raise your electric rates.

For the last three years I've attended most HEA Board and committee meetings and watched how the nine HEA Directors work. Do they take time to understand issues they deal with? Do they make thoughtful, independent decisions or simply "go along to get along?" Do they treat ordinary HEA members with respect and seriously consider their concerns? Are they dedicated to conducting business in an open manner?

Three candidates have consistently demonstrated all those characteristics: David Thomas (district 1); Ed Oberts (district 2); Jim Levine (district 3). Ed and Jim are completing their first terms. David served one term ending last May. All are diligent, fiscally responsible, and approachable.

There will also be a ballot proposition this year. Members are asked to approve amending HEA bylaws to allow for optional electronic voting. Perhaps that would improve member participation -- a good thing. Unfortunately many local, state, and federal elections have been plagued with electronic voting problems. If we approve this we should make clear to HEA Directors and management that we want adequate safeguards to protect against glitches, hacking, and outright vote manipulation.

Unlike ratepayers who buy electricity from a private power company, HEA members have the right to help determine our cooperative's policies and direction. The best way to do this is by electing capable, responsible, Directors.

You won't go wrong voting for Ed Oberts, David Thomas, or Jim Levine.

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Jerry 03/27/12 - 09:38 pm
Man was i gonna tell ya'll

Man was i gonna tell ya'll what i thought about HEA, Board & Management included, then i messed up and asked my wife if i was being nasty with my wanted to tell ya words. She said yes, so i Deleted & started over.
See how eazy it is to almost be sucked into hate from past experiances towards people we KNOW hurt us intentionally by a simple bit of advice on the upcoming ballot??
Praise God for wives that can help us be more loving like Yeshua.
It's called my attitude check.

Jerry Baty

jlmh 03/27/12 - 10:53 pm
Relevant or not, your candid

Relevant or not, your candid posts just bring a smile to my face.

Jerry 03/28/12 - 09:20 am
jlmh so very glad i could

jlmh so very glad i could help.
As a 42yr powerlineman that worked for HEA 22+yrs and was, i feel singled out for my mouth & unwillingness to stand by and allow abuse of consumers or fellow employees, yes i fail & fall back into contempt of any associated with board or management at HEA.
I was terminated due to shoulder troubles which my Dr said would restrict me from my duties as a lineman. I would have been a GR8 asset to consumers in other areas, but no, i was not a TEAM player for the desired road which was being taken, kind of like Ray Southwell at CPH.

Praise God after much anger & hate and many dollars spent gambling & drinking i reached the point of allowing Gods love to fill my heart & have gone to work for Yahweh God & his son Yeshua. The benefits are out of this world & my 801k is backed by AIG, so im set for eternity.

So you and others will know, 8 is the # for eternal, and AIG is Almighty Indiscribable God, so i'm happy as a clam at high tide most of the time that is as long as i can keep me out of Gods way & plans, and remember how much he has forgiven me, so i need to also forgive others.
Not eazy, but doable with my Attitude Checkers help.

Have a GR8 Day and remember who loves you & everyone.

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