Winds of Change Newsletter, February 2007 See sidebar for table of contents
E-Tastic! We Knew We Were Good
This year, The Appalachian Studies Association will award OVEC and our website www.ohvec.org its e-Appalachia Award for 2007.
Dr. Emily Satterwhite, an assistant professor at Virginia Tech, e-mailed us the news.
She wrote, "I have personally used your website in teaching Appalachian studies here at Tech and am delighted with it "
A big thanks goes to Spencer resident Don Alexander for his technical expertise in creating and maintaining the website.
Thanks to everyone who helps by contributing content for the website.
Security Of Electronic Voting Condemned
by Cameron W. Barr, Washington Post, Dec. 1, 2006
Paperless electronic voting machines used (in) much of the country "cannot be made secure," according to draft recommendations issued this week by a federal agency that advises the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
The assessment by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is the most sweeping condemnation of such voting systems by a federal agency.
In a report hailed by critics of electronic voting, NIST said voting systems should allow election officials to recount ballots independently from a machines software. NIST endorses "optical-scan" systems in which voters mark paper ballots that are read by a computer and electronic systems that print a paper summary of each ballot, which voters review and elections officials save for recounts.
Current U.S. Renewable Energy Goal too Low, Says Head of National Lab
by Alvin Powell, Harvard News Office
The head of the U.S. governments renewable energy lab said the federal government is doing "embarrassingly few things" to foster renewable energy, leaving leadership to the states at a time of opportunity to change the nations energy future. Dan Arvizu, director of the U.S. Department of Energys National Renewable Energy Laboratory, said a brief opening exists to dramatically increase the energy generated from renewable sources in the coming decades, but more resources and a national policy are needed.
An Ode to Coal
On the 35th anniversary of the Buffalo Creek disaster, we can look back at how far we have come, and how very, very far we have yet to go before King Coal no longer rules our lives with its uncaring iron fist.
In Memory of the 125 dead -
by Winnie Fox
Theyve got no heart