COM 220 week 4 DQ 2

I think the author organizes information logically and chronologically. The author provides introduction to the article as well as body paragraphs and conclusion. He first describes the year of 1990 and how many people were infected, then he talks about the year of 2005, and finally makes predictions for the year of 2010 and for the future.
I think the author did not include any counterarguments. I have only found information supporting the arguments. I did not notice an opposing argument or objection. The author provides statistics of how many millions of people were infected, how many have died, and how many of them were children. He also provides statistics of decreased life expectancy, etc. There are several visuals which represent the whole article and provide a better comprehension of the information. Pictures of infected people living in poverty work as a support to the authors words.This visuals help us better understand the purpose of the article and numbers help us better understand the seriousness of the issues.

COM 220 week 4 DQ 1

Post your response to the following: How does the author of A Nation Apart organize information to build his argument? Does he include any counterarguments? Why or why not? What kinds of statistics, graphs, or illustrations does the author include? In what ways would these visuals strengthen the author’s arguments?


I think the author does a very good job in organizing his article. He presents arguments systematically, and then logically presents points to back up his claims. While avoiding biases, he eloquently organizes his information around the arguments for, and counterarguments against his beliefs, and also presents facts from credible authors and statistics to support his claims.

There are several counterarguments including the stating of the unemployment rate being high and a 4 % drop in electricity production. He also gave experts opinion about anticipating Chinas anticipated difficulties and that the financial crisis has led the whole world into uncharted territory. The author gave counterpoints of references being “People who don’t follow China on a regular basis can miss some of the underlying drivers of growth,” says Arthur Kroebe”.

I think the author provides counterarguments because their validity and strength and to ignore them would damage his credibility. The author certainly organizes his article in a way that his counterarguments show strength by arguing some very strong points. This again concretes his credibility and makes for a more interesting article.

There was only one photograph at the beginning of the article which creates a good representation of the theses statement. The photo shows what appear to be people standing in long lines to gain employment. Instead of photo figures, Most of article focuses on financial and economic standings to support the author’s arguments. As statistics supports most of the arguments, the photo did enhance the article as it represents a strong suggestions for a mental picture, and, of course the facts dose enhance the article and paints a strong picture in supporting each point and counterpoints without beige biased.


COM 220 week 4 CheckPoint Developing a Thesis Statement

Hi Karen, in the beginning of this class we were to get your permission on our thesis topic. I don’t remember if I had approached you regarding this. Please see my assignment below and let me know if the “topic” is ok and approved by you, so I may start my research. Thanks, and have a great day.


Thesis Topic: The imprisonment, its effects and remedies for mentally challenged.


Thesis Statement: The fear that society has towards the mentally ill and the crimes they commit leaves the determined attitude that they should be punished in spite of of their disorder; instead of supporting the beneficial treatment that could be applied to the mentally ill.



Answer the following question: How do you plan to support your thesis with compelling arguments and counterarguments?

In supporting my thesis, I intend to incorporate only the strongest and most sustainable arguments about the occurrence and treatment of the mentally ill imprisoned. My arguments and claims will be focused, maintained by conclusive evidence, and favorable to current data and case studies. I will ensure the validity of my arguments by acquiring multiple credible sources and provide thorough scrutiny of each point in my arguments.

In addition, I plan on providing comprehensive coverage of main arguments and counterarguments for providing, or not providing resources to combat the effects of the imprisonment of the mentally challenged. My counterarguments will be current, balanced viewpoints, and in the end, strengthen my own argument.  I will show claims of belief, or disbelief that the positive or negative effects for imprisonment for the mentally ill. I plan to show validity or weakness in arguments by counter arguing with proven facts, graphs and statistics from credible sources; expert quotes and researched data to refute counterarguments of reasons leading to rehabilitation, being the best for the imprisoned mentally ill, instead of punishment.

To further support my thesis statement, I will introduce the general perception of the stigmas of the mentally challenged and that the best place for them in to be housed in jails. I will highlight with proper and concrete facts from the “safe-houses’ (housing for the mentally challenged), showing statistics from these government organizations that, through the proper avenues of appropriate medication and intervention, reforming these mentally challenged inmates does better not only for them, but can replace them into society so that they can contribute to the well being of communities across our nation.

COM 220 week 3 Checkpoint Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography
Ashford, Jose B. (1988).  Offense Characteristics of Career Criminals with Severe

Mental Disorders. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative

Criminology, 32(2), 143-151.

This article scrutinize the offense distinctiveness between mentally disordered and non-

mentally disordered inmates within two distinct subgroups of high rate offenders:

“repeat” and “recidivist” offenders. The results indicated that the mentally

“disordered recidivists” were charged more with minor crimes than the non-

mentally disordered recidivists. The outcome, coupled with the social dissimilarity found

among non-serious repeat offenders, suggests that career criminals as a group are not of

the same or similar nature, than is generally assumed in the literature.

Hiday, V.A., Swanson, J.W., Swartz, M.S., Borum, M., & Wagner, H.R., (2001).
Victimization: A Link between Mental Illness and Violence.  International
Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 24(6), 559-572

This article highlights that stigma obviously creates barriers to accessing safe housing, employment, and community integration. Indigence decreases ability to meet needs and increases risk for unfair treatment. Victimization occurs as direct aggression, exploitation, abandonment, and abuse by care providers. It results in worsening of psychiatric disorders, increased need for care, decreased quality of life. Effects of stigma, poverty, and unfair treatment should be included in patient assessment and ailment planning.

Kuehn, B.  (2007) Mental Health Courts Show Promise. JAMA, 297(15), 1641-1643.

Retrieved April 29, 2009, from the EBSCOhost Research Library database. Document ID:


This article discusses the advantages of Mental Health Courts for non-violent

offenders. It discusses the option of treatment by the mental health system and

not focus primarily on definite punishment to the mentally challenged. Also discussed,

were substitute approaches and the need for other quality services and possible systems of

care for youth with emotional disorders require shared values among stakeholders toward a

variety of mental health issues.

Steadman, H., Dennis, D. & Morris, S. (1995, March 29). The Diversion of Mentally Ill             Persons from Jails to Community-Based Services: A Profile of Programs. American Journal of Public Health,  Vol. 85 Issue 12, p1630-1630, 6p, 2 charts; (AN 9601030366). Retrieved April 28, 2009, from EBSCOhost Library database.

This article gives details of a major proposal for appropriately treating persons with mental

illnesses who have been arrested is to divert them from jail to Community-based mental health programs.  Procedures were used to examine the number and kinds of jail diversion programs that exist, how they are set up, and which types of programs are effective:

White, T., Gillespie. E.  (2005, October). Mental Health Programs: Addressing the Unfunded Mandate. Corrections Today, 65(6), 108-111, 115.  Retrieved April 28, 2009, from Careers and Technical Education database. (Document ID: 910662721).

This article talks about the inadequate treatment in correctional facilities for the mentally ill, therefore leaving mentally ill offenders to deteriorate mental health wise.  It also speaks of the lack of adequate space for the mentally ill in jails and prisons. The article highlights alternative methods towards the correctional system and also showcases possible transitional services for released inmates.

COM 220 week 2 DQ 2

The first article I reviewed was the blog from . I don’t think that this article is very credible, because it does not provide the author’s name, therefore, no possible way to determine author’s knowledge of the subject. In addition, blogs aren’t reliable and information is a little bit old. Even though it comes from a newspaper I believe or a magazine called “The Nation”, it doesn’t guarantee that information is trustworthy and was written by a professional.
The second article was from . I think this source was credible with current information updated in March of 2008. Web included information in details which are similar to other sources if you do “cross-reference”.
“Capital Punishment” was the third article. I really did not see any problems there. The citation is done properly, page ends in ”edu”, which means the article belongs to University. However I’ve noticed that information has not been updated and it is not the most current article. Overall I think its credibility is fair, something to consider, but probably no for academic writing.
The article from University Library is definitely credible and no question about it. Source provides author’s name, where information wa taken from including the year and page number.

(I’m a little over the maximum word requirement, I hope it is not a problem, I wish I can fully explain my thoughts, but I can’t fit in 200 word response.)



COM 220 week 2 DQ 1

Where do you normally find information for topics that interest you?
     I would normally look for information online. Depending on the subject i might also go to my local library for a research. I also use magazines and newspapers as information sources, but not as often as internet and library.

How do you know when sources are reliable?
     To determine if sources are reliable i always check who was the author if he or she is a professional or an expert in the field. The articles release date is also important to determine if information is current or might have changed over years. Another option for checking credibility is to compare information with different sources, “cross-reference”. Considering the purpose of the web site could also play a big role determining its credibility. The appearance of the site also helps to figure out if the information is reliable or not; if the web site presents too many irrelevant to the subject pictures, banners, and advertisements, it might not be trustworthy. Web sites which look too fancy usually do not contain reliable information, therefore, we should look for web sites which look professional, rather than fancy.

COM 220 week 2 checkpoint appendix

Axia College Material

Appendix D


Strategies for Gathering Information


(Formatted using APA style guidelines)

What makes the source credible or not credible? What information can you gather from this source?
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Robert P. George and Rev. Thomas V. Berg, L.C. (2007, March 14). Six Stem Cell Facts. Wall Street Journal  (Eastern Edition),  p. A.15.  Retrieved March 28, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database.



This web site was created by few authors, which are experts in bioethical field. One author of the web site is a British stem cell expert, another is a scientist, and the third author is a former member of the President’s Council on Bioethics. The web site was written my professionals and is credible. This web site describes a study which was done by a British stem cell expert. I believe I can use the information which was found in the study to support my topic and provide details.
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Jan Jarboe Russell (2004, November 21). Can’t religion and science get along? In stem-cell research, yes :[METRO Edition]. San Antonio Express-News,p. 1H.  Retrieved March 28, 2008, from ProQuest Newsstand database



The web site is credible because it comes from a University Library, it is current on dates and the author describes arguments which President Bush has stated in the past. The arguments can be proven, because they now make up history. This web site provides good examples of how stem cell research may not be approved by Christians. There are several religious statements which I can quote in my research paper for better understanding of interaction between religion and stem cell research.
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Richard John Neuhaus (2007). Science vs. Religion: PART 3,463,511 (EST.). First Things,(178), 66-67.  Retrieved March 28, 2008, from Research Library database.


This site is also credible because it belongs to University Library. The page is current and all statements can be backed up and proofed. Facts and statements represented according to biological researches. Lee M. Silver a molecular biologist at Princeton explains why stem cell research should be practiced and how it affects our society today. I believe I can use some information as support and proof of accuracy to my paper.
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Eramian, D (2002). Stem cell research: the dialogue between biotechnology and religion. Retrieved March 28, 2008, from





The web site is credible because the author is knowledgeable in Biotechnological Industry. However the web site contains information which may be a little bit old. It’s dated as of May of 2002. Despite that I think the web contains information which is unlikely to change within few years, I believe it may still be applied today.

Web site is not created to advertise or share personal opinion.

This web site may help me to describe why do many people think that stem cell research brings negativity to our world and what really causes anger about stem cell research.
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Dye, L. (2007). The Clash Between Religion and Science. ABC News. Retrieved March 28, 2008, from



Lee Dye is a former science writer for the Los Angeles Times. Such information suggests that the writer is familiar writing about scientific progress and new discoveries. The web site is current and information can be proven, because it provides statistics. The web site shows many statistics on stem cell research and how many people thing it is wrong and how many thing it is acceptable and should not be stopped. It also provides statistics of how many people think that stem cell research is necessary for future. I can also find statistics of how many people say that they believe in God rather than stem cell research. I think that information is very useful and it will make my research more interesting with actual statistic numbers as a proof of how many people support stem cell research and how many give preference to religious beliefs.
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