Failure of Holshouser's Mountain Management Act
Holshouser remembers with regret his inability to hold together a coalition to push through his Mountain Management Act.
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Oral History Interview with James E. Holshouser Jr., June 4, 1998. Interview C-0328-4. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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- JACK FLEER:
Other than these sort of personnel decisions and the difficulty of making
those and explaining it fairly to the people involved, were there any
substantive or policy decisions that you wish you could have made more
progress on or made progress on of any type?
- JAMES E. HOLSHOUSER, JR.:
Well we talked before about the bear of getting the mountain area
management act through. I think that was the single biggest
disappointment in the four years. Because the coastal act had gotten
through and we just couldn't hold together the coalition for
the mountain act. I still think the mountains would be a lot better off
if we had. Since that is my part of the state, I feel a special sense of
disappointment about that. Even though if it had passed, knowing the
mountaineers and their independence, a lot of them would still be
fussing about Jim Holshouser probably. So in a sense of personal legacy
they probably think better of me because of how things happened than if
we had gotten it through.