Tutor profile: Sarah J.
How important is editing to the process of writing?
Editing is an essential step in the process of writing. No writer writes the perfect sentence on the first try. Editing allows a writer to see the piece fresh, as a whole document, to spot not just typos and misspellings, but also flaws in organization and the flow of an argument. One useful tip for a final edit is to read the document from the last sentence up to the first. This allows the writer to read each sentence on its own to make sure it is complete and readable.
Subject: US Government and Politics
In the criminal justice system, does the State (or the Government in the federal criminal system) have a "right" to a fair trial?
The Constitution itself does not provide the prosecution the "right" to a fair trial or any other trial rights. That document acts as a check on governmental power and protects rights that belong to citizens. A right is a legal entitlement. The criminal justice amendments to the Bill of Rights cannot be seen as granting any legal entitlements to any prosecution. For the State or Government to have a right, there must be a legal granting of that entitlement to those bodies. Unless a state has explicitly by statute or state constitution granted the prosecution a right to a fair trial, no, the prosecution does not have that legal entitlement.
Subject: Political Science
Why has the United States developed and remained as a two-party political system?
While tradition may play a role, the more practical answer is that our voting system does not allow any third party to gain any meaningful foothold in statehouses or Congress. Each House and Senate race is some number of people for 1 seat. This results in a winner-take-all system which will always favor two major parties. To maintain power, parties form as the broadest-tent coalition they can. For a third party to achieve any meaningful representation in any statehouse or Congress, we would need to adopt proportional voting, allowing for seats in those bodies to be proportioned based on percentage of voting. In that system, if a party like the Green Party or Reform Party received 5% or 10% of the vote nationwide, they would then be allotted that percentage of the seats in Congress, for example.
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