Sunday, June 12, 2011

LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER

Eva, a 17-year-old student who sat the Panhellenic exams on the English language yesterday, sent me the following text of hers which was produced as a response to this article on current political affairs and the accompanying writing topic. Similar texts or links can be found under the label 'English Literature Candidates', while yesterday's exam topics can be seen here. It is to be noted that Eva's text expresses entirely her own views and concerns about Greece. 

Dear Prime Minister,

I am writing to expess my deep concern about two out of a number of major problems our country is struggling to face.Additionally, I would like to propose solutions that, in my opinion, are the most suitable ones for these problems,at least to a certain extent.

Over the past few months,it seems that the economic field of our country has been infuenced by the worldwide-spread phenomenon of the financial depression.The unemployment rates are increasing continuously and more and more businesses are closing down.I feel strongly that we should make an effort to change this situation.Firstly, each and every one of us ought to realise that as a nation it is our responsibility to pay our taxes. Moreover, tax evaders must be punished in an exemplary way.

Furthermore, a concequence of the human intervention in nature and the uncontrolled industrial activity in many parts of Greece is the environmental pollution.The greenhouse gases released from cars and factories penetrate into the atmosphere and cause problems both to the environment and the humanity.Therefore, it goes without saying that filters should be put on the chimneys of factories.What is more, organisations motivated by the government could launch campaigns to encourage people to recycle and use public means of transport instead of cars.

In conclusion, these problems can become a threat to our country and it is essential that we solve them gradually.

Yours sincerely
Eva Katsibri
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