The following recommendation appeared in a memo from the mayor of the town of Hopewell.
"Two years ago, the nearby town of Ocean View built a new municipal golf course and resort hotel. During the past two years, tourism in Ocean View has increased, new businesses have opened there, and Ocean View's tax revenues have risen by 30 percent. Therefore, the best way to improve Hopewell's economy—and generate additional tax revenues—is to build a golf course and resort hotel similar to those in Ocean View."
Write a response in which you examine the stated and/or unstated assumptions of the argument. Be sure to explain how the argument depends on these assumptions and what the implications are for the argument if the assumptions prove unwarranted.
The mayor of Hopewell points out that building a golf course and resort hotel is the best way to escalate Hopewell’s economy and generate extra tax revenues. To buttress his recommendation, he cites the experience of the nearby town where a new golf course and resort hotel was built. The argument seems to be plausible at first glance, but it reveals several logical flaws, as they are based on precarious assumptions.
To begin with, the mayor made an assumption that the increasing tourism in Ocean View in the past two years was attribute to the newly built golf course and resort hotel. However, it is entirely possible that the town has imposed several government policies to spur the flourish of tourism, such as reconstructing public attractions, improving sanitary conditions of the restaurants and the streets, etc. Without detailed investigation regarding the government policies enacted in the past two years, the assumption that the new golf course and resort hotel in Ocean View has stimulated the tourism industry can not be justified.
Secondly, the mayor assumes that the increase of tax revenues reveals the prosperity of economy. The mayor indicates that Ocean View’s tax revenues have escalated 30 percent in the past two years. However, 30 percent might seem to be a large increase, but it is entirely possible that the original tax revenues are very low and a 30 percent increase does not make any difference to the overall situation. Thus, unless the mayor presents detailed information regarding the tax revenues two years ago, I will not be convinced by his assumption that such an increase in tax revenues mean the flourish of economy in Ocean View.
Finally, the mayor also premises the situation of the two towns are all the same and the policy in Ocean View also can succeed in Hopewell. However, perhaps Hopewell is too small to build a large golf course and resort hotel, therefore, the recommendation to build such facilities is certainly impossible. Also, the construction of such facilities require plenty of funds, what if the hopewell government does not have sufficient financial budget to invest in the golf course and hotel? Thus, the recommendation made by the mayor is unwarranted.
In sum, the assumptions made by the mayor certainly undermines the credibility of the recommendation to build a golf course and hotel to boost the economy in Hopewell. To bolster his recommendation, more detailed investigations and information, such as government policies imposed in Ocean View in the past two years, tax revenues conditions, etc, should be provided.
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Discourse Markers used:
['also', 'but', 'finally', 'first', 'however', 'if', 'may', 'regarding', 'second', 'secondly', 'so', 'therefore', 'thus', 'well', 'such as', 'all the same', 'to begin with']
Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments
Performance in Part of Speech:
Nouns: 0.286919831224 0.25644967241 112% => OK
Verbs: 0.143459915612 0.15541462614 92% => OK
Adjectives: 0.0822784810127 0.0836205057962 98% => OK
Adverbs: 0.0527426160338 0.0520304965353 101% => OK
Pronouns: 0.0189873417722 0.0272364105082 70% => OK
Prepositions: 0.0949367088608 0.125424944231 76% => OK
Participles: 0.0400843881857 0.0416121511921 96% => OK
Conjunctions: 2.96850662589 2.79052419416 106% => OK
Infinitives: 0.0295358649789 0.026700313972 111% => OK
Particles: 0.00210970464135 0.001811407834 116% => OK
Determiners: 0.113924050633 0.113004496875 101% => OK
Modal_auxiliary: 0.0105485232068 0.0255425247493 41% => OK
WH_determiners: 0.0042194092827 0.0127820249294 33% => Some subClauses wanted starting by 'Which, Who, What, Whom, Whose.....'
Vocabulary words and sentences:
No of characters: 2609.0 2731.13054187 96% => OK
No of words: 423.0 446.07635468 95% => OK
Chars per words: 6.16784869976 6.12365571057 101% => OK
Fourth root words length: 4.53508145475 4.57801047555 99% => OK
words length more than 5 chars: 0.366430260047 0.378187486979 97% => OK
words length more than 6 chars: 0.295508274232 0.287650121315 103% => OK
words length more than 7 chars: 0.238770685579 0.208842608468 114% => OK
words length more than 8 chars: 0.141843971631 0.135150697306 105% => OK
Word Length SD: 2.96850662589 2.79052419416 106% => OK
Unique words: 188.0 207.018472906 91% => OK
Unique words percentage: 0.444444444444 0.469332199767 95% => More unique words wanted or less content wanted.
Word variations: 48.0575226809 52.1807786196 92% => OK
How many sentences: 16.0 20.039408867 80% => OK
Sentence length: 26.4375 23.2022227129 114% => OK
Sentence length SD: 48.0726988529 57.7814097925 83% => OK
Chars per sentence: 163.0625 141.986410481 115% => OK
Words per sentence: 26.4375 23.2022227129 114% => OK
Discourse Markers: 1.0625 0.724660767414 147% => OK
Paragraphs: 5.0 5.14285714286 97% => OK
Language errors: 0.0 3.58251231527 0% => OK
Readability: 55.9883274232 51.9672348444 108% => OK
Elegance: 1.96078431373 1.8405768891 107% => OK
Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.632169941214 0.441005458295 143% => OK
Sentence sentence coherence: 0.169429760204 0.135418324435 125% => OK
Sentence sentence coherence SD: 0.0872966514935 0.0829849096947 105% => OK
Sentence paragraph coherence: 0.678946829448 0.58762219726 116% => OK
Sentence paragraph coherence SD: 0.0996146325343 0.147661913831 67% => OK
Sentence topic coherence: 0.324977047506 0.193483328276 168% => OK
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.131733750484 0.0970749176394 136% => OK
Paragraph paragraph coherence: 0.502365521242 0.42659136922 118% => OK
Paragraph paragraph coherence SD: 0.0657217523112 0.0774707102158 85% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.470033189135 0.312017818177 151% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.0818103673013 0.0698173142475 117% => OK
Sentences with positive sentiment : 8.0 8.33743842365 96% => OK
Sentences with negative sentiment : 3.0 6.87684729064 44% => OK
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 5.0 4.82512315271 104% => OK
Positive topic words: 8.0 6.46551724138 124% => OK
Negative topic words: 2.0 5.36822660099 37% => OK
Neutral topic words: 2.0 2.82389162562 71% => OK
Total topic words: 12.0 14.657635468 82% => OK
What are sentences with positive/Negative/neutral sentiment?
Rates: 62.5 out of 100
Scores by essay e-grader: 3.75 Out of 6 -- The score is based on the average performance of 20,000 argument essays. This e-grader is not smart enough to check on arguments.
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