GMAT Essay Topic 481 - The following appeared in a letter to the editor of a regional newspaper. "In response to petitions from the many farmers and rural landowners throughout our region, the legislature has spent valuable time and effort enacting severe laws to deter motorists from picking fruit off the trees, trampling t hrough the fields, and stealing samples of foliage. But how can our local lawmakers occupy themselves with such petty vandalism when crime and violence plague the nation's cities? The fate of apples and leaves is simply too trivial to merit their attention." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc.
Author: Jay Zhan | Date: November 7, 2016 | Score:5
In the letter to the editor, the writer expresses his concern that local lawmakers are wasting precious time and resources enacting laws that only prevent petty crimes such as motorists picking fruits off of trees and trampling through the fields while there are more serious crimes plaguing the ...
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In the passage the author argues that the local lawmakers are busy with petty vandalism such as picking fruits off the trees, trampling through the fields and stealing samples of foliage when crimes and violence are plagued throughout the nation's city. This is based on the premise that legislature has spent valuable times and effort enacting several laws to deter motorist to do such act. However on deeper analysis, it becomes apparent that certain relevant aspects have not been taken into consideration, leading to a number of mistaken assumption and logical flaws.
One such flaw is the casual assumption that responding to the petition of many farmers and landlord throughout our region, by our legislature, is simply waste of time. However, if motorists passing through these rural areas pick very large fruits or if they trample almost entire field of framers, then this is a grave crime against farmers and it must be addressed by legislature. In order to make the argument tight the author may show the percentage of fruits, which are plucked by the motorists.
Moreover the author wrongly assumes that crimes in the rural area are petty, and crimes in the nation's cities are grave, so the legislature should focus more the cities instead of rural area. But no information is provided how he differentiates the nature of crimes. Farmers' crops are farmers earning and if one vandalizes farmers' land and their crops, then one is ruining farmers' entire earnings. To overcome this flaw the argument should clearly delineate how he is deciding the nature of crimes for example he should show that very few fruits are plucked by the motorist and very rarely motorist trample farmers' and landlords' land.
After closer examination of the passage, it is apparent that argument leaves out several key issues, and that the argument is not sound. If the argument included the items discussed above, the argument would have more logically convincing