I must argue that a large shopping centre might bring unwelcome development to our small community. Ugly and noisy roads and parking lots would need to be constructed. The volume of people wanting to buy things at the new shopping centre would worsen the traffic situation, which is already bad. Pollution from cars and trucks already has a notable degrading effect on the local air quality and this is also bound to become worse as the traffic to and from the shopping centre increases.
Large stores can buy large quantities of goods at wholesale prices. While local groceries, which cannot buy products in bulk , will be unable to compete. Once the competition is gone, the large store can raise its prices and lower its employees’ wages. This classic example of exploitative ca-pitalism impoverishes a community while enriching a small number of people.
I want my children to grow up into a world that is larger than just their immediate surroundings. In a city they will have a chance to meet people from all over the country and all over the world. They will have chances to absorb history and culture from the cities’s parks, theaters, and museums. Only in the city will they have the chance to be truly global citizens.
We all admire and even envy those who now have attained great achievements, such those fam-ous stars as Jacky Chen and Jet Li. We should, however, be aware of the exorbitant(过高的) price they have paid for their present glories. Jacky Chen once told that when he was still a teenager, he and his parents were required to practise more than 12 hours a day; and it was said that Jet Li was sent to be an apprentice when his was hardly four years old! Apparently, those seemingly cruel hardships have turned out to be the best gifts later. But for yesterday’s struggle, today’s glories could not exist.
An important aspect of being a good neighbour is to be vigilant. If people see a pickpocket trying to steal his/her friend’s pocket, they should call out. If people see his/her friend’s car is on fire, they should call fire－fighters. They believe that their personal actions have a direct effect on the safety of all the surrounding people. If everyone watch out for each other’s safety, then the we will live in a safer and more pleasant place.
The mission of the mass media is not merely to cater to the needs of cos-tumers, but has a much wider scope, such as to tell the truth, to define what is good and what is bad, to promote cultural values, and the list could be endless. More popular science programs should be produced by television, more reports on poor rural lives should be publicised, more books concerning not famous but respectable people such as, nurses who are fighting SARS fearlessly, teachers who are performing their duties regardless of poverty of remote villages, journalists who publicise their articles under political menace, and etc should be written.
All of this decline was playing out at a time when the U.S. was embroiled in two over-seas wars, with hundreds of thousands of Americans deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was happening as domestic politics grappled with the merits（价值荣誉）and consequences of a global war on terror, as a Great Recession was blamed in part on global imbalances in saving, and as world leaders debated a global trade treaty and pacts aimed at addressing climate change. It un-folded as American workers heard increasingly that their wages and job security were under assault by competition from counterparts on the other side of the oceans.（109）
In today’s crowded, louder, more fast-paced world, night’s darkness can provide solitude, quiet and stillness, qualities increasingly in short supply. Every religious tradition has con-sidered darkness invaluable for a soulful life, and the chance to witness the universe has inspired artists, philosophers and everyday stargazers since time began. In a world awash with electric light…how would Van Gogh have given the world his “Starry Night”? Who knows what vision of the night sky might inspire in each of us, in our children or grandchildren?
First, it’s a perfect way to meet new people and make new friends. Living in different plac-es actually provides a platform on which I can extend my social network by socializing with people from distinct culture backgrounds. That would be fun and meaningful. For example, during my business trip to Germany last summer, I made friends with a bunch of locals and businessmen from European countries.
Moreover, moving around the world is an immensely enriching experience, through which I can have a glimpse of diverse cultures and enjoy exotically spectacular scenery out there. When I was in Germany, I was deeply fascinated by not only Gothic architectures and religion art but also palatable smoked pork and tasty beer. What a wonderful memory!