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  1. Topic 431 - The following appeared as part of an editorial in an industry newsletter. "While trucking companies that deliver goods pay only a portion of highway maintenance costs and no property tax on the highways they use, railways spend billions per year maintaining and upgrading their facilities. The government should lower the railroad companies' property taxes, since sending goods by rail is clearly a more appropriate mode of ground transportation than highway shipping. For one thing, trains consume only a third of the fuel a truck would use to carry the same load, making them a more cost-effective and environmentally sound mode of transport. Furthermore, since rail lines already exist, increases in rail traffic would not require building new lines at the expense of taxpaying citizens." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  2. Topic 448 - The following appeared in the editorial section of a campus newspaper. "Because occupancy rates for campus housing fell during the last academic year, so did housing revenues. To solve the problem, campus housing officials should reduce the number of available housing units, thereby increasing the occupancy rates. Also, to keep students from choosing to live off-campus, housing officials should lower the rents, thereby increasing demand." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  3. Topic 535 - The following appeared in a memorandum from the human resources department of HomeStyle, a house remodeling business. "This year, despite HomeStyle's move to new office space, we have seen a decline in both company morale and productivity, and a corresponding increase in administrative costs. To rectify these problems, we should begin using a newly developed software package for performance appraisal and feedback. Managers will save time by simply choosing comments from a preexisting list; then the software will automatically generate feedback for the employee. The Human Resources department at CounterBalance, the manufacturer of the countertops we install, reports satisfaction with the package." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  4. Topic 485 - The following appeared in a letter to the editor of a popular science and technology magazine. "It is a popular myth that consumers are really benefiting from advances in agricultural technology. Granted ? consumers are, on the average, spending a decreasing proportion of their income on food. But consider that the demand for food does not rise in proportion with real income. As real income rises, therefore, consumers can be expected to spend a decreasing proportion of their income on food. Yet agricultural technology is credited with having made our lives better." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  5. Topic 423 - The following appeared as part of a campaign to sell advertising time on a local radio station to local businesses. "The Cumquat Caf? began advertising on our local radio station this year and was delighted to see its business increase by 10 percent over last year's totals. Their success shows you how you can use radio advertising to make your business more profitable." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  6. Topic 464 - The following appeared in an Excelsior Company memorandum. "The Excelsior Company plans to introduce its own brand of coffee. Since coffee is an expensive food item, and since there are already many established brands of coffee, the best way to gain customers for the Excelsior brand is to do what Superior, the leading coffee company, did when it introduced the newest brand in its line of coffees: conduct a temporary sales promotion that offers free samples, price reductions, and discount coupons for the new brand." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  7. Topic 435 - The following appeared as part of an article in a magazine on lifestyles. "Two years ago, City L was listed 14th in an annual survey that ranks cities according to the quality of life that can be enjoyed by those living in them. This information will enable people who are moving to the state in which City L is located to confidently identify one place, at least, where schools are good, housing is affordable, people are friendly, the environment is safe, and the arts flourish." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  8. Topic 482 - The following appeared as part of an editorial in a campus newspaper. "With an increasing demand for highly skilled workers, this nation will soon face a serious labor shortage. New positions in technical and professional occupations are increasing rapidly, while at the same time the total labor force is growing slowly. Moreover, the government is proposing to cut funds for aid to education in the near future." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  9. Topic 517 - The following appeared in a memorandum written by the assistant manager of a store that sells gourmet food items from various countries. "A local wine store made an interesting discovery last month: it sold more French than Italian wine on days when it played recordings of French accordion music, but it sold more Italian than French wine on days when Italian songs were played. Therefore, I recommend that we put food specialties from one particular country on sale for a week at a time and play only music from that country while the sale is going on. By this means we will increase our profits in the same way that the wine store did, and we will be able to predict more precisely what items we should stock at any given time." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  10. Topic 516 - The following appeared in a memo to the Saluda town council from the town's business manager. "Research indicates that those who exercise regularly are hospitalized less than half as often as those who don't exercise. By providing a well-equipped gym for Saluda's municipal employees, we should be able to reduce the cost of our group health insurance coverage by approximately 50% and thereby achieve a balanced town budget." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  11. Topic 462 - The following editorial appeared in the Elm City paper. "The construction last year of a shopping mall in downtown Oak City was a mistake. Since the mall has opened, a number of local businesses have closed, and the downtown area suffers from an acute parking shortage, and arrests for crime and vagrancy have increased in the nearby Oak City Park. Elm City should pay attention to the example of the Oak City mall and deny the application to build a shopping mall in Elm City." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  12. Topic 515 - The following appeared as part of a letter to the editor of a local newspaper. "Bayview High School is considering whether to require all of its students to wear uniforms while at school. Students attending Acorn Valley Academy, a private school in town, earn higher grades on average than Bayview students and are more likely to go on to college. Moreover, Acorn Valley reports few instances of tardiness, absenteeism, or discipline problems. Since Acorn Valley requires its students to wear uniforms, Bayview High School would do well to follow suit and require its students to wear uniforms as well." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write

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