About Wes

18 years old, originally from Riverhead long island

Victory speeches (Summary & Opinionated analysis 2)

Bill De Blasio’s daughter introduced the democrats primary victory speech by thanking the overall voting population as well as praising her father for coming so far. As Bill approached the microphone he hugged his family and began to thank all that supported him, voted for him, and his fellow democrats. Bill expressed his pride for his family before commemorating all who risked there lives in 9/11. A local Brooklynite, he preaches a tale of two cities in which he aims to unify and resolve. The democrat encourages a movement that can transform the way the people of New York think about their city. De Blasio does not fail to move the crowd as he explains his motives to force change and imply new policies that support a ‘no one left behind’ attitude.

Live from midtown Manhattan, republican Joe Lohta opens his primary victory speech thanking his family, friends, and dedicated campaign team as his supporters cheer him on. Joe sees the the democrats tale of two cities not as a unifying aspect but rather as class warfare which is prompt to divide the city even more. Lhota aims to gentrify and transform the neighbor hoods in New York city by keeping our streets safe and supporting the NYPD.  Joe Takes stand in education reform and viewing it as the civil rights issue of our time. The republican stresses the need for a mayor like himself who handle the city in its good times, and its bad times. Joe Lhota strives for a city where the people of new york can work, have fun, and look forward to raising there families in.

Analyzation: Bill De Blasio’s speech seemed very much more in touch with the common people. I think his vision of happiness relates very closely to to the majority of new yorkers. He has empathy and expresses it when he commemorates and reflects on 9/11 (9:15). Bills perspective on the city can be symbolizes by two sides of the same coin. He sees both sides of the city-(11:27) that being the wealthy, and the less fortunate. De Blasio emphasizes his points and plans to benefit the well being of New Yorks citizens (12:30)

Joe Lhota, coming from a family thats been living in the city for four generations (4:44), sees many of the issues in the city much different considering his family started from the bottom. Joe being the first in his family to attend college (5:03), sees opportunities as something easy to acquire through hard work, but in my opinion the times have changed meaning that a college degree does not always guarantee a career these days. Lhota seems very dedicated to improve childrens education in New York. With out a doubt Joe Lhota has played the role of a leader considering he is head of the Mass Transit Authority (MTA) but as i read in the comments of the video this is the same guy who raised the tolls for the verrazano bridge as well as bus fairs.

Bill De Blasio’s speech seemed a lot more personal then Lohtas for several reasons. De Blasio’s daughter opened for him in his home borough of Brooklyn. While Joe Lohta’s family was there they didn’t have a key role in the nominees victory speech. The democrat also took a keen moment to reflect on the events of 9/11, a day all New Yorkers were heavily affected by. Both candidates were very thankful for all the support which is a given when making a victory speech. Both candidates see the city much differently hich makes it hard for me to truly choose a side. While De Blasio sees two cities in one, Lhota states his family worked up the ladder to get where he is financially today. Although his statement is true, we are living in a much different world today than the one that he claims to of worked hard through his 50-60 years of life. One thing Lhota does without a doubt have over De Blasio though is experience as a leader, although a little reading informed me that at the time Joe Lhota was chairman of the MTA bus fares as well as bridge tolls were raised whichi believe does not sound to good for anyone in the city of New York.

Victory Speeches (Summary & Opinionated analysis)

Bill De Blasio’s daughter introduced the democrats primary victory speech by thanking the overall voting population as well as praising her father for coming so far. As Bill approached the microphone he hugged his family and began to thank all that supported him, voted for him, and his fellow democrats. Bill expressed his pride for his family before commemorating all who risked there lives in 9/11. A local Brooklynite, he preaches a tale of two cities in which he aims to unify and resolve. The democrat encourages a movement that can transform the way the people of New York think about their city. De Blasio does not fail to move the crowd as he explains his motives to force change and imply new policies that support a ‘no one left behind’ attitude.

Live from midtown Manhattan, republican Joe Lohta opens his primary victory speech thanking his family, friends, and dedicated campaign team as his supporters cheer him on. Lhota’s speech takes focus on  unifying the republican party and aiming to take care of issues most common to New Yorkers.The grateful republican gladly praises his party and provides a foundation for which he plans to strengthen in order to achieve victory in November against what is believed to be Bill De Blasio.

Analyzation: Bill De Blasio’s speech seemed very much more in touch with the common people. I think his vision of happiness relates very closely to to the majority of new yorkers. He has empathy and expresses it when he commemorates and reflects on 9/11 (9:15). Bills perspective on the city can be symbolizes by two sides of the same coin. He sees both sides of the city-(11:27) that being the wealthy, and the less fortunate. De Blasio emphasizes his points and plans to benefit the well being of New Yorks citizens (12:30)

Joe Lhota’s speech was short, but to the point. The republican thanks his family, supporters, and campaign committee for more than half of his speech.  He follows by unifying his party and stating that his campaign is strictly about the issues faced by new yorkers and for the over all common good of New York. The speech is ended with an envoking sentence aimed to strengthen the party for a win in November.

Bill De Blasio’s speech seemed a lot more personal then Lohtas for several reasons. De Blasio’s daughter opened for him in his home borough of Brooklyn. While Joe Lohta’s family was there they didn’t have a key role in the nominees victory speech. The democrat also took a keen moment to reflect on the events of 9/11, a day all New Yorkers were heavily affected by. Both candidates were very thankful for all the support which is a given when making a victory speech. What made the most difference was the fact that Bill De Blasio’s speech was nearly 3 times longer than Joe Lohta’s, being that the democrat stated key premises and elaborated on how they’ll benefit the well being to New York’s citizens as oppose to the repubicans general statement about the issues that matter and how the mayor can best serve the people.

“Are you happy?” Summarizing

A recent census in Somerville, Mass. asked a different question this past spring, on a scale of 1-10, “how happy do you feel right now?” Officials in this town would like to promote policies beyond material well being. Psychologists and economists are monitoring  as well as advocating the citizens happiness, but not without debate over whether happiness is the right thing for politicians to be promoting. More than 7,500 people have mailed back the survey, not limiting their answers to the surveys true concerns. Somerville plays somewhat as a perfect test tube for this experiment, being that it is sandwiched between two universities as well as being a blue collar bastion with a growing population. To question further, Somerville had a Harvard psychology Professor by the name of Daniel Gilbert conduct a more in depth telephone survey conducted of a random 76,000 Somerville residents.

Somerville officials say they hope to see peoples happiness vary when bike paths and parks are established as well as how their feelings change when mass transit services are improved. The overall question the survey prompted to its citizens was when taking everything into account, how satisfied are they with Somerville as a place to live? Most responses came to positive conclusions and residents stating they were flattered by the cities attention. City officials would like to see if a new rail system can serve as a natural experiment to let them track as to whether happiness increases among residents who live near by.

Revision [9/10]

Reflection paragraph

I thought the article was a bit interesting considering town officials are actually concerned with the residents overall happiness and emotions oppose to only material well being. It sparked my curiosity as to if they would ever do something along those lines here in NYC or in my home town of Riverhead. Being that Somerville once had the nickname “Slummerville” in the past, I would not be surprised if the town officials there were able to gentrify the town further. I also wonder what Dr. Gilberts data came to, as to whether the installation of new bike paths, parks, and rail ways really increased the residents feelings of happiness or not.

Personal vision of happiness

My personal vision of happiness focus’s on steady progression and revolves around a constant state of being content. Whether it be in my schoolwork, personal life, or my art. Growth is something i have realized keeps my mind at peace, when my life becomes to repetitive for too long at a time i begin to feel distraught. So in order to avoid these feeling i strive to avoid my comfort zone, more than often attempting to direct myself down the path that is most rewarding to my future development. When skateboarding, i push myself to learn a new trick everyday i’m out. when drawing, i question how i can improve my style further. And now living in a very different environment, many miles from home, i try to meet a new person everyday while i’m here.     (Completed 9/1, some confusion with site, spoke with you after class)

Introductory post

My name is Wes Ackley and i was born born May 22nd, 1995. I was raised on east long island in a mildly sized town known as Riverhead. At a young age i grew to love skateboarding. Skateboarding has not only allowed me to challenge myself, but also shape and allow me to grow as a unique person. I met many of my close friends through skating and have even been introduced to to other various hobbies.

Currently i am enrolled as a student at CUNY New York City college of technology, majoring in human services. After i attain my bachelors degree i hope to one day study for my masters in either California or Hawaii. Once i have my masters degree i would like to become an art therapist. What is that?- you may ask yourself. Art therapy originates from two fields being art, and psychotherapy. It can focus on the art making process as therapeutic itself or the therapist can use the art to interpret the clients symbolic self expression. So for now, that is my plan in life.970411_629482407064281_946382553_n (completed 9/1, some confusion with site, spoke with you after class)