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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Thursday, June 16, 2005


This is in today's Letters to the Editor in the Winston-Salem Journal. This was submitted by one of Stokes County's well known socialists, Don Elliott. BP contributor Steve Brenneis defeated Don's wife, Reba, for Stokes County commissioner in 1996 when Reba ran for re-election.

The Democrats in the General Assembly seem determined to extend the sales tax and raise the tax on cigarettes. A number of these Democrats come from eastern North Carolina, where Democrats remember their heritage and do the right thing. Democrats want to provides funds for our university system and public schools and improve our roads.

Republican representatives from the Northwest thumb their political beads and mutter, "tax and spend."

Republicans would rather talk about gay marriage. Apparently there's such an outbreak of gay marriages in Davidson County a local preacher there wants a constitutional amendment banning them. Too bad he isn't for better schools and roads. He would be talking about how to pay for them instead of going on about gay marriage.

Eastern Democrats face the realities of running a government. Maybe they should tax gay marriage in Davidson County. At even $5 a marriage, think of the revenue.



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