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.
The views expressed on WataugaWatch are solely those of J.W. Williamson or individual contributors and are not necessarily shared nor endorsed by the Watauga County Democratic Party nor by any other adults of sound mind in this or any other universe.
You would think that parents of teens, even Soucek himself, would want their kids to go through driver's ed.
Why don't people see how important education is, on every level of our society?
Our kids are being disadvantaged every day these guys are in office. Why doesn't EVERYONE storm their representative's offices in protest?
Our children need respected, engaged, well-educated teachers, who are paid fairly. Our kids need music and art classes, proven to improve understanding of mathematics. And, yes, science, and drivers's ed, too.
Our teachers need teacher assistants in the many over-stuffed classrooms. School counsellors, librarians, and administrators need to be present in our schools. Every one of them.
Legislators have no clue what our teachers and students really need; instead, put profit motive in front of our children's education.
We MUST get them out of Raleigh!
Dan Soucek needs to find a new job, stat. He's not responsive to voters - but very responsive to his puppet masters. What's so sad - his children go to school in Watauga County Schools - or perhaps his wife is homeschooling them, which explains the lengths Soucek is going to ruin NC public education.
He's certainly not a advocate for children, teachers, Watauga County, families. Just who's pulling his strings? Franklin Graham? Koch Brothers? Art Pope? Here's to hoping we pull back the curtain and expose Soucek for the puppet he really is...
A drivers license is just a pesky form of legitimate voter i.d.
Anon 5:26, I agree, I wish an investigative journalist would get in and dig on Soucek's bio so we could learn what makes him (and his family) tick. He is even less responsive to his constituents than Jordan is, and that's saying a lot!
How laughable that anyone (Brother Doc) would suggest investigative journalism here. The Watauga Democrat is nothing but a tool of the extreme Right, and a cheerleader for Soucek, Jordan, Nathan Miller, Four Eggers, et al. Until some responsible publisher reclaims that paper and establishes an independent voice, as existed under the Coffeys, not going to happen.
Well Anon 7:49 you may be right, but Soucek is an elected official in the NC GA and we are not The Lost Provinces any more, a state newspaper or regional medium could take on the investigation.
I have always found both Senator Soucek and Rep Jordan to be responsive. I don't expect them to become my pen pals, but they have answered all correspondence I have sent them. Let's me fair about our criticisms.
Oh, yeah! Liberals don't like how Sen Soucek votes. Well, then dig up some dirt on him. There must something there. Get your lackeys in the MSM to do your dirty work. You just can't tolerate someone in the legislature who doesn't share your left wing views.
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