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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, December 27, 2007

Continuing drought leaves officials scrambling to cope

Farm businesses will suffer the most, agriculture secretary says

The record-setting drought that has forced the governor to plead for conservation, home-owners to shelve their lawn sprinklers and farmers to drain their ponds for irrigation is only forecast to get worse in the new year.

If the predictions come true, convenience won’t be the only casualty.

North Carolina’s multibillion-dollar agriculture industry is preparing for what may be a devastating year for both crops and livestock, while local governments are looking at emergency plans - and expensive solutions - for water systems on the brink of crisis.


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