Public Policy Issues

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As Michigan citizens we have responsibilities and Core Democratic Values.  A public policy issue is an event that is going on that can affect the citizens of Michigan.  Public policy issues might affect us positively or negatively.  It is our job to learn about these issues and see if there is anything we can do to help or if we would want the issue to turn into a law.  A lot of public policy issues can be related back to our Core Democratic Values.

It is your job to read one of the following two public policy articles.  After you have read the article you need to write a paragraph (5-7 sentences) telling us what you think about that issue.  In your paragraph you need to write about which Core Democratic Value is related to the issue.  Here are some questions you should answer in your paragraph.

  • What is the public policy issue?
  • Who is involved?
  • Do you think it affects Michigan citizens in a good way or a bad way?
  • What do you think should be done about it?
  • Do you agree with what is being done to solve the issue?
  • What Core Democratic Values relate to the issue?

Choose one of the following articles:

Pollution in the Great Lakes

Recycling Water Bottles