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Friday, February 24, 2012
Soucek Took the Money
During the recent three-day special session of the NC General Assembly, during which precisely nothing was done, the members were paid $104 per day, plus travel expenses, for doing precisely nothing. When criticism of this waste of time and state money grew in the public press, some 121 lawmakers in both chambers said they wouldn't accept their per diem allowance, saving the taxpayers about $12,000-a-day.
Dan Soucek took the money, along with 19 other senators. Fellow Republican and NC House member Jonathan Jordan, turned back the money.
J.W. Williamson was the founding editor in 1972 of the Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review, which he edited until July of 2000. He has taught college classes in Appalachian history, cultural politics, and literature, and he has lectured widely on the pop-culture history of "Appalachia" in the American consciousness. His books include Interviewing Appalachia, Southern Mountaineers in Silent Films, and Hillbillyland: What the Mountains Did to the Movies and What the Movies Did to the Mountains. He has won the Thomas Wolfe Award given by the Western North Carolina Historical Society, the Laurel Leaves Award given by the Appalachian Consortium, a special Weatherford Award given by Berea College, and the Cratis Williams-James Brown Award given by the Appalachian Studies Association.
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