Category Archives: Issues in Communities

Pastor pulls a fast one in anti-gay rights speech

Setting aside any comments on the political, religious, or moral message here, I thought this Missouri pastor (if that’s what he really is) employed an interesting rhetorical technique in this speech. To really understand what he’s doing, listen all the … Continue reading

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The Plague of Litter: Conjecture and Definition

(The following is a rhetorical exercise. My objective here is to write at the level of conjecture and definition, but using the verb style rather than the conventional academic noun style. See Richard A. Lanham, Analyzing Prose, New York: Continuum, … Continue reading

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The Virtue of Those Who Listen to What Others Have to Say

(Note: The following is written as an exercise in rhetoric — it’s exploratory and is not meant to be exhaustive. The format is based on the outline given in Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students, Sharon Crowley and Debra Hawhee, Pearson, … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’: Brilliant Rhetoric

I’ve long admired Martin Luther King’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” as a masterful and powerful composition. King wrote the letter from the Birmingham, Ala., city jailĀ AprilĀ 16, 1963, where he was under arrest as a result of civil rights demonstrations that … Continue reading

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A Recent Argument Against a North Carolina Bottle Bill

On 29 January 2011, the News & Observer of Raleigh, NC, published a letter to the editor by Roger Reilly of Raleigh, arguing against the establishment of a new “bottle bill” in North Carolina — see “Stinky, Sticky.” Reilly’s letter … Continue reading

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The Scourge of Leaf-Blowers in Our Neighborhood

The Scourge of Leaf-Blowers in Our Neighborhood Al Bredenberg, 18 January 2011 One day a couple of years ago in the fall, I was on a phone call doing an interview with an important source for a report I was … Continue reading

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