Select a topic on which your persuasive writing paper will be focused.Write a one to two (1-2) page research proposal in which you:Identify the topic you selected and explain two (2) reasons for using it.Include a defensible, relevant thesis statement in the first paragraph. Describe three (3) major characteristics of your audience (official position, decision-making power, current view on topic, other important characteristic).Describe the paper’s scope and outline the major sections.Identify and explain the questions to be answered.Explain your research plan, including the methods of researching and organizing research.  Document at least three (3) primary sources and three (3) secondary sources. Use credible, academic sources available through Strayer University’s Resource Center. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.Your assignment must follow these formatting guidelines:Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.Running head: Research and Explanation
Assignment 1:
Research and Explanations
Datrell Parker
Professor Stephen Webber
ENG 215
July 16, 2015
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Research Topics
1. Should regulations be changed regarding genetically altering plants and/or animals?
2. Should the U.S. prohibit trade with countries that have poor records on human rights?
3. Should state and local governments provide health insurance only for retirees who have
served 20 years in government service?
Should regulations be changed regarding genetically altering plants and/or animals is a
topic that has been under debate for quite some time now. It is a topic of interest because it
touches on not only the human nature but also the religious and scientific part of the society. The
parties involved in this topic range from the farmers themselves, scientists, religious groups,
governments, consumer protectionist groups to the mere consumer or citizen. Currently, genetic
engineering allows for transfer of genes between different species or the complete removal of
certain genes in other species. Unlike traditional breeding which relied on naturally occurring
organisms, today modification occurs in laboratories both for the animals and plants. This has
resulted to questions asked about taking creation from God into human hands by religious piety
but scientists know well how to defend themselves. Farmers are benefiting because they get
crops that produce well and withstand climatic conditions and governments are supportive as
they get to feed populations. The genetically modified organisms however come with a price to
the consumers with allergic diseases being so common leading consumer protectionist groups to
raise eyebrows concerning what populations are given to consume. The regulations in this field
favour the genetically modified organisms and the lab with consumers unable to tell what they
consume since there is no labelling of modified plants or animals.
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Should the U.S. prohibit trade with countries that have poor records on human rights?
This is an interesting topic because currently the wave of human rights protection is quite high in
the U.S. This can be seen from the way that the minority groups such as the LGBT community
have benefited from President Barack Obama’s regime. The U.S government has been equivocal
in the world in trying to censure other governments to uphold human rights and leave the choices
of what one wants to be and do with their lives to individuals. Every person, all the way from the
government, citizens both adults and children, whether religious or not is directly or in one way
affected by human rights decisions. Sanctions and other trade related punishments are quite
common to countries that fail to meet certain requirements as required. For a country like U.S
where human rights protection is at the top of its list, trading with countries that do not uphold
human rights raises questions and goes against the UN charter.
Should state and local governments provide health insurance only for retirees who have
served 20 years in government service? This topic is of interest because serving in the
government in the U.S is a lifetime opportunity for individuals. It is termed as a great
achievement due to the benefits that abound for the government employees. Health insurance
benefits decisions for government retirees have an effect on the retirees themselves in an event of
ailment, state and local government in paying the insurance premiums and health institutions that
serve the retirees. The local and state governments have been spending lump-sum amounts of
money on health insurance benefits for retirees leading them to near bankruptcy. Raising the
service time required for employees to qualify for health insurance benefits is just but one way
that the governments will be able to cut off on spending that don’t benefit them in anyway.
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References
Applegate, J. S. (2001). The Prometheus principle: Using the precautionary principle to
harmonize the regulation of genetically modified organisms. Indiana Journal of Global
Legal Studies, 207-263.
Burton, M., Rigby, D., Young, T., & James, S. (2001). Consumer attitudes to genetically
modified organisms in food in the UK.European Review of Agricultural Economics,
28(4), 479-498.
Clinton, H. R. (2011). Remarks in Recognition of International Human Rights Day.US
Department of State, 6.
Kaplan, R. L., Powers, N. J., &Zucker, J. (2009). Retirees at Risk: The Precarious Promise of
Post-Employment Health Benefits. Yale journal of health policy, law, and ethics, 9(2),
09-04.
Sheils, J., &Haught, R. (2004). The cost of tax-exempt health benefits in 2004. Health affairs,
W4.
Srinivasan, T. N. (1998). Trade and human rights.Constituent interests and US trade policies,
225-53.

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