This article is an opinion editorial called “An Invitation to President Obama” that was published in the Chicago Sun Times today (February 6). However, like the previous editorial, the author is unknown. This editorial is basically a plea to President Obama to visit Chicago and do something about the senseless shootings that happen here. The author wants the kind of response that Newtown, Connecticut, got after the Sandy Hook massacre.
Unlike the last two editorials, this one is almost entirely opinion. There is one statistic about the number of kids that were killed in Chicago, but other than that it’s basically the author writing a letter to the President. It’s very informal and subjective, and clearly there is bias because the author is from Chicago, the area that he or she is concerned about.
This piece is clearly an editorial because the sentences are short – as is the overall article – and there really isn’t that clear of a lead. It’s written in the form of a letter almost, addressed to the President.
The fourth paragraph, while only two sentences long, is chock full of powerful word choices and ideas. In the previous paragraph, the author describes how Obama visiting Chicago could possibly embarrass Mayor Emmanuel. However, this paragraph explains how Chicago couldn’t possibly be more embarrassed. “To walk to school in certain neighborhoods”, the author writes here, “is to walk through a war zone.” This puts focus on the senseless voilence being directed towards children in particular in this city, and I think that, though it is only two sentences long, this paragraph could well be one of the most important in the piece.
SOURCE ARTICLE: http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/18028596-474/editorial-an-invitation-to-president-obama.html
This article is an opinion editorial called “All They Want is a Choice” that was published in the Chicago Tribune today (February 4). However, the name of the author is unknown. In essence, the article tells the story of fifteen at-risk families in Chicago that were given a chance to choose a private school for their children to attend basically for free – the tuition would be covered by the Illinois Lottery. It goes on to explain how there is a bill being proposed that would give more and more families in Chicago whose children are “stuck” in dangerous public schools a chance to choose to leave those schools. The article ends with a clear call-to-action directed at lawmakers to not “let another three years slip away without implementing a school choice program”.
Most of the article is factual information – information about the proposed bill, statistics, etc. But there is definitely a lot of opinion riddled throughout as well. Phrases like “They deserve a chance” and “It’s about time” are used, and that as well as a few rhetorical devices give away the author’s view – that school choice program needs to be instilled in Chicago, and it needs to happen soon.
The tone is very much subjective and clearly biased, and the overall style is very informal. Short sentences and paragraphs are used, and interesting syntax is implemented as well – like at the end of the seventh paragraph, when in order to emphasize a point, the author separates three words with periods: “…And many of the schools Meeks identified in his legislation remain failing and overcrowded. Three. Years. Later.” It helps with emphasis, definitely, and you can almost hear the author speaking the words out loud as if trying to hammer the point into your head. I quite like it.
Some attributes of an editorial are present here. There is no clear lead – the article starts with a story rather than a blurb of information – and it ends with an obvious call-to-action. These things were seen in the previous editorial, as well.
The third paragraph of this article contains reasonably simple word choice, but the imagery of fifteen poor children walking out of a gym with new backpacks “and a chance” the author uses is rather potent. The paragraph is reasonably short – only four sentences – but its impact is substantial when it comes to the point that the author is trying to make: that more than fifteen children should be able to get a private school tuition.
SOURCE ARTICLE: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-scholarships-20130204,0,4461235.story
This article is titled “Why Roe v. Wade Needn’t be a Holy Grail” and it was written by Angie Weszely. This is an opinion editorial piece. The main point of this article is the fact that most women don’t get abortions because it is legal, but because they feel ashamed and horrified at themselves for becoming “one of those girls”. It calls Christians to be supportive and accepting of teens and young women who find themselves pregnant after making a mistake – in fact, is says that Christians are the “most equipped” to be supportive in these situations because of the lives of grace that we lead. It also begs the question, if Christians believe that God creates all life, then should we want to overturn Roe v. Wade?
When it comes to the type of writing in this article, the large majority of it is opinion. It talks about Christians’ calling from God to be loving and supportive to those who need love and support, which can be interpreted as both fact and opinion, really. It also uses phrases like “We need…” and “We can…”, which are opinion-introducing phrases. There are several facts in there, as well – evidence from abortion research, information about Roe v. Wade, etc. I would say that the overall tone of this piece is formal because of the lack of vernacular language.
Some attributes of this type of writing include a short lead in the first paragraph that summarizes part of the focus of the article, a large amount of opinion, and a Christian bias (the website this article is from is called ThinkChristian). This could definitely skew the way the author presents some facts, and could lead us to believe that the author has even left out a few facts.
The very first paragraph contains the short lead, which answers the questions when and what. The entire paragraph is only two sentences long, and the sentences themselves are actually very short and simple. There aren’t really any very fancy words used – in fact, the article could’ve been written by a high school student (this is not intended to be an insult, mind you).