Decatur County REMC response

to recent Letter

to the Editor

Dear Editor:

Decatur County REMC would like to respond to the concern regarding the REMC’s debt.

In order to maintain a reliable system, we must continue to invest in the replacement of poles, transformers, wire, etc. (infrastructure lifecycle management).

As a cooperative we operate as a not-for-profit and have two sources through which we can collect money: through rates to members or through low interest loans by federally backed lenders.

To access federal loans a detailed construction plan must be submitted, approved, and built prior to accessing. The July 2019 loan funds were from improvements previously completed and already applied to our balance sheet.

Decatur County REMC believes in maintaining a responsible blend of low interest debt along with member contribution to avoid raising rates.

We continue to be open, accessible, and transparent with members and as always, we welcome conversations and discussions with members or others in the community.

Decatur County REMC

The importance of staying healthy

Dear Editor:

There is little doubt that the coronavirus pandemic is affecting every aspect of our lives. Now is a crucial time to keep your body resilient against illness.

Here are some tips for maintaining overall physical and mental health:

• Eat a healthy diet

• Exercise

• Get plenty of rest

• Quit smoking and vaping. Initial research shows that people who smoke may develop serious complications from COVID-19.

• If you’d like to quit, free help is available at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or QuitNowIndiana.com.

• Young people interested in quitting vaping can text “Indiana” to 88709 to enroll in the free “This is Quitting” text messaging program.

For up-to-date information about coronavirus in Indiana, visit coronavirus.in.gov. For more information on tobacco use and COVID-19, visit QuitNowIndiana.com/covid-19.

Additional resources:

• Is there Actually a Link Between Vaping and Coronavirus? – TIME article

•COVID-19: The Connection to Smoking and Vaping, and Resources for Quitting – Truth Initiative

•Smoking or Vaping May Increase the Risk of a Severe Coronavirus Infection – Scientific American

•COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders – National Institute on Drug Abuse

•COVID-19: Never has it been more important for smokers to quit and for individuals to avoid damaging their lungs by vaping – Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Taylor Kenyon, Indianapolis

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