Sara Pennington, a native of West Virginia, now lives in the Appalachian foothills of Kentucky. She is a new power campaign organizer on staff with Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, working on the campaign to stop the coal-burning Smith power plant proposed by the East Kentucky Power Cooperative and promote democratically run electric co-ops and a clean energy future.

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Central Appalachia has much to recommend it. It contains one of the most biologically diverse forests in the world and breathtaking mountains that have inspired artists and writers for centuries. These same mountains have helped to shape the people who call this region home. Appalachian people are proud of their heritage, of the culture that …

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