Meeting up to these Objectives:
-Clearly identify a current issue or problem at the community, state, or national level
Take a stand
Use examples to support your stand
Provide a solution
Use the rhetorical devices ethos, logos, and pathos as needed to support your points
Another issue that is front and center in the country right now concerns the role of government in health care reform, especially in regard to a public option. Should the government offer health insurance plans that compete with those of private companies? Should people be able to choose between government-sponsored health care coverage and health care coverage purchased through existing private companies? Should the government stay out of health care altogether? Everyone seems to agree that health care reform is needed, but the argument is raging on both sides of the issue as Congress struggles with reform measures. Researching this topic for an op-ed piece would be challenging because the issue is complicated and has been clouded with much partisan rhetoric, but it would be easy to research in this way--it's in the news, everywhere!
I think a good op- ed piece which is quite relevant given right now could be what path the United States should pursue regarding the ongoing demonstrations in Iran. This is a national concern right now, given the fact that the democratic process in Iran has come under question and because Iran is such an important geopolitical nation in that region of the world. You would have to determine what you think the United States should do (I guess your options could be either to increase US Support of the protestors through actions/ language or to do nothing. ) Your examples could be based on our past history (for example, our vigorous defense notions of democracy in other parts of the world) and your solution would naturally be how we should address the issue. Your use of ethos could lie in how you and your voice, as a youthful participant in the democratic process, would feel if you were in a similar situation (Example: We know that 70% of Iranians are young people and many of the protestors are using social networkng sites like facebook and twitter to convey their experiences to the outside world.) Your logical based arguments can derive from America's own experience with democracy and protest, as being a democratic experiment for about 200 years. Emotionally, you can make an assertion that many Iranians are fighting for the freedoms that we, as Americans, currently have. Again, as one young person writing about another group of young people, there can be quite a compelling emotional connection present in this op- ed piece.