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# Highway commissioner: at the present time, the forty mile stretch of i

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08 Oct 2016, 15:22
Highway commissioner: at the present time, the forty mile stretch of interstate highway from the town of Hillsborough to the city of West Fredericksport is clogged every weekday with commuter who live in Hillsborough and work in West Fredericksport. Our department is considering increasing the lanes in this stretch of the interstate highway, and the town of Hillsborough could benefit its citizens by contributing to this highway improvement.

Mayor of Hillsborough: we could contribute much more to the well-being of citizens of Hillsborough by investing that same money in a stimulus package to increase the number of jobs here in Hillsborough.

Suppose that the highway commissioner’s and mayor’s statements express their genuine opinions. Select statements (1) and (2) as follows: the highway commissioner would likely disagree with (1), and the mayor would take (2) to present logical support for (1). Select only two statement, one per column.

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first statement = (E), second statement = (B)

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05 Nov 2016, 00:53
(1) in the first row
(2) in the second row.

Is that correct?
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03 Dec 2016, 03:03
Hi Mike ,

not able to understand the OA :

How is B the logical support of E ?
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03 Dec 2016, 14:32
Shrivathsan wrote:
Hi Mike ,

not able to understand the OA :

How is B the logical support of E ?

Dear Shrivathsan,

I'm happy to respond.

For choice (1), we need something that would clearly oppose the highway commissioner’s argument. (E) does this, and it seems in line with what the mayor would argue. This is our choice for column (1).

(E) If the town of Hillsborough's available funds were devoted exclusively to highway improvement, this would not be in the best interests of the citizens of Hillsborough.

Notice that this phrase "best interests" is vague when we only look at this one statement. What would the mayor consider our "best interests"? Well, the mayor talks about "the well-being of the citizens of Hillsborough." This is important. The highway commissioner is just interested in a faster commute. The term "well-being" implies a more holistic concern for overall satisfaction and fulfillment. This is what the mayor considers important.

What would support the idea that if we wanted to support the "the well-being of the citizens of Hillsborough," then spending the money on the highway wouldn't be the best move?

Clearly, (B) supports this idea. This is the best choice for (2).

(B) A short commute, brought about by a job close to one's residence, contributes to an individual's quality of life.

The phrase "quality of life" echoes the mayor's concern for "well-being." If what is most important is the "well-being" and the "quality of life" of the citizens of Hillsborough, then making the commute to West Fredericksport marginally better is not going to be the best use of money & effort; instead, supporting jobs in Hillsborough is a much better plan to pursue.

Does all this make sense?
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06 Dec 2016, 01:09
Sigh, answered E for the first one (was kinda obvious), but D for the second one. Is it wrong coz its just weaker or am I missing something?
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06 Dec 2016, 14:55
Zhenek wrote:
Sigh, answered E for the first one (was kinda obvious), but D for the second one. Is it wrong coz its just weaker or am I missing something?

Dear Zhenek,

I'm happy to respond.

Would you say that (D) provides clear support for (E)? Remember, the best support is not something that we can imagine supporting in some special case, but something that is clearly a support. Can you make an argument that (D) supports (E)?

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07 Dec 2016, 01:12
mikemcgarry wrote:
Zhenek wrote:
Sigh, answered E for the first one (was kinda obvious), but D for the second one. Is it wrong coz its just weaker or am I missing something?

Dear Zhenek,

I'm happy to respond.

Would you say that (D) provides clear support for (E)? Remember, the best support is not something that we can imagine supporting in some special case, but something that is clearly a support. Can you make an argument that (D) supports (E)?

Mike

Hello Mike.

Well, I guess (D) does indeed not provide a clear support. It is basically weak or imaginary.

My argument: "if funds are devoted to that specific highway (between Hillsborough and Fredricksport) improvements, then people, who work in Rock city, will not feel any of those improvements since they are not using this highway". The option says: "... 30 miles in the OTHER DIRECTION from Fredricksport", which implies that the potential highway improvements would literally do nothing for some people.

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16 Dec 2016, 03:58
mikemcgarry wrote:

Does all this make sense?
Mike

Thanks Mike I got it now.
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