Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the

  assignment below.

  Many people believe that our government should do more to solve our

  problems. After all, how can one individual create more jobs or make roads safer or

  improve the schools or help to provide any of the other benefits that we have come to

  enjoy? And yet expecting that the government — rather than individuals — should

  always come up with the solutions to society’s ills may have made us less self-reliant,

  undermining our independence and self-sufficiency.

  Assignment: Should people take more responsibility for solving problems that

  affect their communities or the nation in general? Plan and write an essay in which you

  develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and

  examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.