Summaries & Analysis of Victory Speeches [Revision]

Live from Gowanus, Brooklyn, NYC mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio is first being introduced by his daughter, Chiara de Blasio. As his supporters cheer him on, he moves towards the microphone with his wife, and starts to express his gratitude to everybody that has supported and voted for him. Before he continues, he speaks about events and tragedies that have affected Americans in the past (9/11) (9:09) and what can be done to not let something like that happen again. De Blasio refers to New York as “a tale of two cities”, a city that consists of poor individuals, and wealthy people, all separated. New York is a city that he plans on uniting and find a solution to. In his speech, Bill de Blasio speaks passionately about his ideals, stating, “Thinking big isn’t new to us.” The democrat mayoral candidate encourages a movement that would transform the way people think about their city, New York and it’s future. Bill de Blasio is promoting a better future for the citizens of New York City by planning on uniting them and offering more opportunities like an education for this and future generations.

Live from Midtown, Manhattan, republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota introduces himself. As he begins speaking, he thanks all of the voters who are watching at home. He then thanks his family, his big campaign team and his friends. Lhota seems very positive and hopeful about his victory, as he states “Ladies and gentlemen, tonight represents a mile marker on our road to victory in November.” (2:49) He talks about how the republican party needs to unite for the common good. He also says what his campaign has always been about the issue that matters to new yorkers and how the mayor can best serve the people of this city. He hopes to unify and strengthen his party, and prepare for victory in November, where he will likely be going up against Bill de Blasio.

Bill de Blasio’s speech focuses on the needs of the people, and what can be done to meet those needs in order to make New York a better city. His speech was more realistic because he even talks about the events of 9/11. He took a moment to remember those victims and their families that were affected by that tragedy that day. De Blasio cares for the new yorkers, wanting them to feel safer with the authority and improved security in the city.

Joe Lhota’s speech differs from de Blasio’s. His speech was very short, quick and straightforward. He basically just talks about what would be better for his party, not for the people really. Apparently, both candidates have different point of views and goals for the citizens of New York.  However, they have one main thing in common, they both want to unite their parties and build a strong future for New York City and its citizens.

Summaries & Analysis of Victory Speeches

Summaries:
Live from Gowanus, Brooklyn, NYC mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, is first being introduced by his daughter, Chiara de Blasio. As his supporters cheer him on, Bill de Blasio comes out with his wife, and before saying anything, hugs his family. He then moves towards the microphone and starts to express his gratitude to everybody that supported and voted for him. Before he continues, he takes a moment to remember the families who lost their loved ones 12 years ago, on 9/11, and the people (firefighters, police men) who risked their lives to help and protect others on that day (9:09). De Blasio refers to New York as “a tale of two cities”, a city that consists of poor individuals, and wealthy people, all separated. New York is a city that he plans on uniting and find a solution to. In his speech, Bill de Blasio speaks passionately about his ideals, stating, “Thinking big isn’t new to us.” The democrat mayoral candidate encourages a movement that would transform the way people think about their city, New York and it’s future.

Live from Midtown, Manhattan, republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota introduces himself. As he begins speaking, he thanks all of the voters who are watching at home. He then thanks his family, his big campaign team and his friends. Lhota seems very positive and hopeful about his victory, as he states “Ladies and gentlemen, tonight represents a mile marker on our road to victory in November.” (2:49) He talks about how the republican party needs to unite for the common good. He also says what his campaign has always been about the issue that matters to new yorkers and how the mayor can best serve the people of this city. He hopes to unify and strengthen his party, and prepare for victory in November, where he will likely be going up against Bill de Blasio.

Analysis:
To me, personally, Bill de Blasio’s speech was more honest and convincing. It was more realistic because of how he spoke about events and tragedies that have affected Americans. The vision of happiness he’s promoting for the city is for the people to become more unite and better the lives of every new yorker. Bill de Blasio is promoting a better future for the citizens of New York City.

Joe Lhota’s speech seemed more benefiting for himself, to me, rather than being benefiting for the new yorkers. His speech was very short, quick and straightforward. He talked about his republican party and how they need to unite. He did not mention that the new yorkers need to come together as one to form a stronger and better community for themselves. He is more worried about just winning in November, than making New York a better place for it’s citizens.

Conclusion:
Bill de Blasio’s speech focuses on the needs of the people, and what can be done to meet those needs in order to make New York a better city. His speech was more realistic because he even talks about the events of 9/11. He took a moment to remember those victims and their families that were affected by that tragedy that day. De Blasio cares for the new yorkers, wanting them to feel safer with the authority and improved security in the city. Joe Lhota’s speech differs from de Blasio’s. He basically just talks about what would be better for his party, not for the people really. Apparently, both candidates have different point of views and goals for the citizens of New York.  However, they have one main thing in common, they both want to unite their parties.

Summary of “How Happy Are You? A Census Wants to Know”

In Somerville, Massachusetts, a survey was taken by it’s citizens, where they were asked to rate their happiness on a scale from 1 to 10, being questioned, “How happy do you feel right now? The survey recorded various details of the individuals. According to the article, “Officials want the Boston suburb to become the first city in the United States to systematically track people’s happiness”. In other words, the government is worried about how happy the citizens are, and what they can do to bring happiness to their lives. They no longer want to just promote policies that produce only material well-being.

To detect how happy the Boston citizens are, officials sent out more than 7,500 very detailed surveys. Their happiness was monitored by important and well-known psychologists and economists, who would determine whether happiness is even the right thing for politicians to be promoting. Apparently, people are happy with the way the city has been improving, with now less crimes and better reputation and priorities.

To better prepare its questions, Somerville turned to Harvard psychology professor, Daniel Gilbert, who donated his valued time, is also helping the city do a even more detailed telephone survey, using a randomized sample of Somerville’s 76,000 citizens. The survey that was mailed the with census asks people to rate the nuts-and-bolts aspects of their communities, such as the police, the schools, the availability of affordable housing, as well as the “beauty or physical setting” of Somerville. The city is mainly interested in knowing “how satisfied it’s citizens are with Somerville as a place to live?”

In conslusion, Tara Acker, director of SomerStat, the city’s program to analyze data, wants to know if “there’s a correlation between happiness and open space or green space?”  They’re now aiming to have more programs for the low-income people to increase their happiness and satisfaction in the city. This statement was made from an economic perspective, because not every citizen, low-class to be specific, is happy where they’re located and raising a family, because of the economy. However, they’re now starting to work on that to better it for it’s citizens comfort.

[Revision for 9/12]

The article “How Happy Are You? A Census Wants to Know” by author John Tierney, explains the outcome of a survey taken by the citizens of Somerville, Massachusetts, where they were mainly asked to rate their current happiness on a scale from 1 to 10. In order to get answers back, officials sent out more than 7,500 very detailed surveys, which will help them monitor the citizen’s happiness, whether it was on what mood they were in at the moment or just in general. In other words, the government is worried about how happy the citizens are, and what they can do to bring happiness to their lives. Apparently, people are happy with the way the city has been improving, with now less crimes and better reputation and priorities. Also, with how the economy has gotten better; they now have the availability of affordable housing. The officials and government of Somerville, Massachusetts are working things out to make its citizen’s lives better.

Reflection:

The reason why I made the changes I made is because I learned what summarizing really means. It’s simply giving a brief statement of what the main points are in a story, article, or whatever it is that’s being summarized. Before the changes I made, what I did was paraphrase the article, which was basically putting it in my own words, in a shorter version, sort of. Now it’s shorter and looks more like a summary, not like the essay I had before.

What is “Happiness” to Gildaira?

Happiness to me is being surrounded by people who love you as much as you love them, enjoying their company, and doing the things you love to do with them. Also, being able to have a smile on your face everyday, and just enjoying life to the fullest. Two of the main things that make me happy are being able to achieve all my goals and having positive influences around me.

Some other things that make me happy are playing volleyball, shopping, having family meetings with lots of food present :D, my phone, my macbook, music and simple things like that (:

[Revision for 9/10]

Now that I have to explain myself even more about what makes me happy, or what happiness means to me, I’ve come to a conclusion of what really does. My accomplishments in life make me the happiest. A specific goal that I recently accomplished was being able to graduate high school on time, as a 16-year-old. I did not get to walk the stage in what was supposed to be my graduation this past June. Why? because I decided not to attend regents prep after school for the Living Environment regent that I took in June, and failed it. I was so upset and disappointed because I had 54 credits, number 8 in my class ranking. Only reason why I didn’t get to graduate was because of the 59 I got on it in June. I then had to attend regents prep during the summer, which I hated but had to do it to be able to pass the regent in August, and get my High School diploma.

I attended regents prep Monday-Thrusday from 8:30 a.m to 10:30 a.m, and then go to work until 4 PM. When I got home everyday I used to study and review that day’s notes. I used to do that for about 30 minutes, and then get on regentsprep.org to do some test related questions. My main goal at that time was to remember the material I was studying and have the confidence that I was going to pass the test.

I passed the regent with a 69 in August. My goal was now accomplished. I felt so relieved because I really thought I was going to get traumatized if I had to go back to school in September (tomorrow), just to try to pass it in January 2014. I didn’t get the best grade on it but at least I passed it. Sometimes the easiest thing can become the hardest for me. Science isn’t my best subject. I know I’m still really young and that I would’ve had all the time in the world to start college later on, but I set my mind to passing that test and I did it. That accomplishment has made me extremely happy. I was able to start college on time, as a 16-year-old, which doesn’t happen often.

Getting to know Gildaira

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Hi, my name is Gildaira Saladin but prefer to be called Saladin, which is easier to pronounce. I’m a 16 year old freshman. I was born in the Dominican Republic, then moved to Puerto Rico, and now, here I am. I attended IN-Tech Academy High School, located in the Bronx, where I played in a Varsity Volleyball team for two years, my Junior and Senior year, as the team captain. I was also awarded MVP both years. I love the sport with a passion. This was a productive summer for me, I worked for the first time ^_^.

My current major is Human Services. However, I want to become a Psychiatrist, to be able to understand why certain people act and behave the way they do. I don’t consider myself an excellent writer. My main weakness as a writer is connecting the sentences to each other. My strength would be the spelling and grammar. I dislike when I have to write too much of something, because I run out of things to say about just one topic. I took various Microsoft courses in High School, so I am comfortable with using technology.

Happiness to me is being surrounded by people who love you as much as you love them, enjoying their company, and doing things you love to do with them. Also, being able to smile everyday and always having a positive state of mind. From this course, I expect to learn what happiness means to the rest of society. I also look forward to becoming a better writer and getting to know the rest of my classmates ! 🙂