Italy: Look at its issues

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS

Name: Brandon Najera-Roque

Period: 3

Nation of your choice: Italy

Rationale: I'm curious about what kind of issues Italy faces. Im also interested in how the architecture there is like. Economical issues seem to be fascinating to learn about there. Social issues there could be different from the U.S. so it makes me curious. Politics there seem to stress on different kind of social issues.      

Summary: Italy is located in Southern Europe and there islands there such as Sicily as well as Sardinia. Culture there is steeped in arts, family, architecture, music and food. Italy is the home of the Roman Empire and a major center on the Italian peninsula has gotten better. Barbarians destroyed the western Roman Empire in 4th and 5th centuries A.D. Vatican became its own independent state.   

Prediction: I will hope to discover Italy's types of architecture. Discovering the historical buildings that Italy holds will be something that I want to discover. Italy's economical issues will be another thing I will hope to discover as well. Social issues will be great to discover and all sort of issues Italy faces today. Music there seems like a cool topic to explore into and what kinds of foods they make.

Discussion: Italy in the present day is a leader in olive oil production, wine, fashion, automotive, and shipbuilding. Learning to speak Italian can help people understand many different sorts of languages around the world. The Italian peninsula has been the birthplace of some of the world's most gifted works of art. Italian architects and artists have contributed to some of the world's finest buildings from Moscow's Kermlin to the capital  building in Washington, D.C. Many people consider Italian food their favorite cuisine.

#1 They Say, I Say

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Swiss, Italian Ministers sign deal to fight Tax Evasion"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): NYT

Essay Author: Reuters

Date of Publication: February 23, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Tax evasion on Italian people that have secret bank accounts

Quote: Reuters states, "around 70% of the cash that Italians have hidden abroad is in Switerland"


Comment: Although I agree with Reuters up to a point, I cannot accept his overall conclusion that taxing Italians that have secret bank accounts because they probably earned their money through hard work and since Switzerland shared tax information to help Rome combat tax envision that costs the government 90 billion euros ($100 billion) a year.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Brandon Najera-Roque

Period: 3.

Title of article (in quotation marks): " Pope Maps Out Personal (and Progressive) Policy"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): NYT

Essay Author: Associated Press

Date of Publication: Oct. 29, 2014

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Plight of the poor and unemployed, the environment, and evolution

Quote: Francis denounced prison systems as, "out of control"


Comment: Although I disagree with much that pope Francis says, I fully endorse his final conclusion that the death penalty is wrong, domestic, and brutal as well.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "When Italy's Bad Bank Is a Good Idea"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): NYT

Essay Author: Neil, Unmack

Date of Publication: February 13, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) Neil Unmack wrote up the article on Italy's bad bank idea. He wrote it for the Italian citizens living in Italy. He wrote it because Rome wants to sweep up banks toxic loans. He also wrote it because a government could lose tax payer money. Neil believes it's a great idea to talk about this issue especially for those who live in Italy.  

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The article is about Italy's bad bank idea. It could help by centralizing enterprise and resources for loan workouts. It also can avoid lenders making big capital holes. This article focuses on improving Italy's bankruptcy. Italy's bad bank could lead to losses of assets.

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?) Neil Unmack's tone is informative. This article makes the reader feel unsure about going for Italy's bad bank idea. Neil is very stern on the issues the bad bank could lead to. Neil presents this article in a business matter way to have people know that bankruptcy could happen in having a bad bank. Neil tries to make the readers feel cautions about having a bad bank.    

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) Neil uses analogy when he talks about Mr. Renzi. His affect in his writing is to make people understand how the bad bank could be useful and horrible in some particular cases. Neil also includes figurative of speech to help people understand the concept of a bad bank. In some ways Neil attracts the readers by coming up with factual information on having a bad bank and what it consist of as well. He goes into detail about all the strengths and weaknesses of a bad bank.  

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?)  This article is informational and explanatory. It also contains narrative writing to show experience. Mechanics is put into this article as well as usage. Neil uses the convention called sentence formation to form simple and complex sentences. Nominalization is put into play to combine more information into a sentence.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Global Debt Has Risen by $57 Trillion Since the Financial Crisis"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): NYT

Essay Author: Neil Irwin

Date of Publication: February 5, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) Neil Irwin wrote this article on Italy's economics. This article was written for workers in Italy and especially for those that work in companies. David wrote the article up because it shows how global debt affects the economy today in the world. It shows how Italy takes part in financial crisis in society and reveals brankcrupty in the economy. Neil wrote this article to let people know high reliance on borrowing money affects a company's level of output.  

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) This article focuses on the powerhouses of Europe in terms of debt. This text is about how the world debt rose by $57 trillion and it's aftermath it leaves behind. Neil's message was to let the world know that countries should take a act in getting rid of global debt by declining economic output. This article is also about having certain types of polices to reduce global debt. This article conveys how high debt makes economies more exposed to shocks and tends to fuel.  

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?) This article makes the reader feel worried about their financial plans. Negative factual information is used to set the tone and mood in this article. It makes the readers more sensible and educated about how economics are doing in the world. This article causes the readers to have more responsibility in their financial life. It gives people point of views on how they need to strengthen their economy and to not be ignorant.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) Neil uses the stylistic device called figurative of language to simply state the facts as they are. He includes certain metaphors to represent economic issues in global debt. Neil utilizes analogy to compare two things in similar ways. Neil also uses rhetorical questions to attract the readers to concentrate on global debt. All these stylistic devices help point out the important issues in economic crisis.     

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) This article is informational and explanatory. This article is also very factual in terms of elaborating on issues in economics. Page headers and footers are presented in this article to be used as a convention. It also contains a title page with a topic in bold writing to show what the article focuses on. Pagination is included as well but I was not able to print out the graph of Italy being a global powerhouse in worldwide debt.

Letter to Neil Unmack

Brandon Najera Roque

6078 Dawn Dr.— Rohnert park, CA 94928— Phone: (707)-772-6057
E-Mail: bnajeraroque17@cardinalnewman.org

Date: March 19, 2015

The New York Times
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018

Dear Neil Unmack:

I’m a student from Cardinal Newman High School and my name is Brandon. As an assignment; I’ve analyzed your article and written a paper whether I agree or disagree if Italy’s “bad bank” is a good idea. I’m writing this letter to get a better understanding of the bad bank system and hope you will have time to answer some of my questions.

I read your New York Times article dated February 13, 2015 titled “When Italy’s Bad Bank Is a Good Idea”. This article talks about how the bad bank system effects the economy. It warns of the dangers of what happened in the 1990s when another bad bank structure was put in. It also explains how Prime Minister Renzi hopes to reform the countries mutual banks.

My question is why do you believe the government isn’t actively improving Italy’s bankruptcy process instead of relying on investors? Do you believe Renzi is not making improvements so he can be involved in reforming the country’s mutual banks? Lastly, why is it termed “bad bank”; it makes it seem like it’s criminal activity. I believe after reading your article that Mr. Renzi is not helping the bankruptcy process because he wants to make reforms in the mutual banks ending their one share holder-one hold government. My concern is Renzi’s government will not help Italy’s economy.

Consequently, I wrote this letter because I hope to hear back from you on your opinion addressing my questions. I enjoyed your article about Italy’s bad bank system because I have visited Italy before and I love the environment as well as the people there. Thank you for your work and time, I included my email above I am looking forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Brandon Najera

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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Good Job by having all of the big fives and the they say, I says. I have learned a lot about Italy and I hope you get a response to your letter.👍

2 years ago
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Very good job on your Tack. I liked all of the articles you chose to do. best I've seen so far.💯

2 years ago
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😍 👌 💗 😈 😇 😱

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2 years ago
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Do you think that the Italian Government should go more into depth about finding out who honestly made their money or like drug deals of some kind.