Proposal Essay Response Belina
  • Explain how Edmondson responds to opposing points of view. Describe specific passages in which she counters those or concedes and refutes them.

She describes how "it may seem that the Walmarts of the world bring variety to their host towns, thereby adding to the local culture, these giants truly have the opposite effect." She is responding to the claim that box stores are good for the community. The passage then goes on to explain how the Walmart headquarters doesn't have any idea of what this specific communitiy actually wants or needs. They just rave about certain products and shove them down consumers throats.

Another claim she responds to is that box stores have cheaper prices. Edmondson states that it is "shortsighted to say that the products are cheaper even if the price tag displays a smaller number." She then goes on to explain how the health of their downtown is impacted by these "low prices."

  • Identify her main claim and at least three supporting claims. For each of these claims, describe one piece of support she has that is linked to each claim.

Big box stores are destroying communities because they offer "smaller prices."

Box stores take away from local culture.
These decisions are made in remote board rooms nowhere close to the town.

Economically, allowing chain stores into a town would seem like a sound game plan.
She then goes on to disagree with this plan and uses linkage such as stores not offering any benefits to employees.

It is shortsighted to say that the products are cheaper even if the price tag displays a smaller number.
She then goes onto explain how local businesses cannot compete and the family's legacy is possibly lost.

  • Edmondson uses sources throughout her argument. Which ones are the most effective? Why?

The most effective sources throughout the essay are the ones with the credentials clearly stated. Such as "Economic development consultant Donovan D. Rypkema." It gives a stated reason on why we should trust what information is coming from this source.

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