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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.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Health director's column hits nerve

People really hate to be called selfish.

By James Romoser in today's WSJ:

The Forsyth County health director is being criticized by county commissioners after he publicly questioned the county's commitment to helping the poor. Dr. Tim Monroe wrote an opinion column, which appeared in Thursday's Winston-Salem Journal, that denounced the county's recently approved 2006-07 budget. In the article, he wrote that the commissioners and many county residents are so concerned about avoiding a tax increase that they have neglected services, such as health care, to people in need.
The chairwoman and vice chairwoman of the board of commissioners shot back. "I think he's very disrespectful to the commissioners. I think he's being misleading to the community," said Gloria Whisenhunt, the chairwoman. "Tim has never been a team player."


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