83. "Government should preserve publicly owned wilderness areas in their natural state, even though these areas are often extremely remote and thus accessible to only a few people."
When our environment is under growing threat from human civilization, government should take action to preserve publicly owned wilderness areas in their natural state.
1. Even a few people could cause serious damage to a remote wilderness area.
2. The destruction of even a remote wildness area could result in unforeseeable effects on the larger environment.
3. Without government’s protection, even the remotest wildness area will finally disappear.
85. "Government funding of the arts threatens the integrity of the arts."
In spite of the harm that government funding might do to the integrity of the arts, government support is still necessary for the flourishing of the arts.
1. Admittedly, government funding might directly or indirectly influence artists’ decisions and choices.
2. However, history has demonstrated that government support could also contribute to the prosperity of arts.
3. Furthermore, when money has come to dominate contemporary society, it is all the more imperative for government to fund arts.
97. "It is unfortunate but true that political decisions and activities affect all aspects of people's lives."
1. Throughout the civilization history of humanity, politicians have long been in control of the affairs of society.
2. Actually, as the society becomes more and more commercialized, politics is playing a more important role in influencing various aspects of people’s lives.
3. The influence from politicians are not necessarily an unfortunate thing.
105. "The true strength of a country is best demonstrated by the willingness of its government to tolerate challenges from it's own citizens."
In the long run, political tolerance adds to the strength of a country.
1. Democratic governments tend to be more tolerant than authoritarian ones.
2. A government that tolerates challenges from its citizens has more opportunity to improve its performance.
3. The real strength of a country lies in the dynamic and interactive relationship between the government and its people.
108. "In many countries it is now possible to turn on the television and view government at work. Watching these proceedings can help people understand the issues that affect their lives. The more kinds of government proceedings-trials, debates, meetings, etc that are televised, the more society will benefit."
1. On the one hand, access to government proceedings via television carries several significant benefits. First, videotapes are valuable supplements to conventional means of record keeping. Secondly, this sort of exposure provides the viewer a valuable sense of perspective, an appreciation for other forms of government, and so forth. Thirdly, in high schools and universities, television proceedings can be useful curriculum supplements for students of government, public policy, and even public speaking.
2. On the other hand, people cannot ignore the risks imposed by more and more televised government proceedings. Watching televised proceedings as a substitute for active participation in the political process can, on a mass scale, undermine the democratic process by way of its chilling effect on participation.
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