The Supreme Court Deals with Local Issues Too

The Supreme Court Deals with Local Issues Too

The author of this article is writing about the topic of property lines on Grandview Island basically to let the world know about a Supreme Court Case that decided where the property lines are, who has control of what areas on the private beach of Grandview Nature Preserve, and what to do about the neighbor issues of the homeowners. It explains the Court’s decision to allow a land owner, by the name of Sebastian Plucinski, to have no-trespassing signs on his beach front property. His neighbors are unhappy that he tried to put up barriers on the beach front property because his property line was washed away by the rising shore line. Before, people could go through the water to cross his land, but now they must ask for his permission.

I found this article online by searching Grandview Island Beach in Google. I chose this one because I saw that it involved the Supreme Court and thought that it had to be important, so I clicked on the link. It was also one of the only sources that I found regarding the beach that was not concerning simply where it is located or what the place entails meaning the nature preserve aspect of it. I also was intrigued by the fact that the Supreme Court was involved in a matter dealing with a not very well known area.

The author, Robert Brauchle, wrote this article to explain to readers about the Supreme Court case in simpler terms. He does a good job of writing simply since those kinds of topics can sometimes be hard to understand. Legal documents can be difficult to decipher, but he did a good job of relating to readers who do not have the specific legal education to understand Supreme Court cases.

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In this article ethos, logos and pathos are used to express the use of rhetoric. I found that logos was used the most since the article was dealing with a Supreme Court Case and its ruling. Logos was used to show the rulings of the court and express the factual or logistical side of things. There is not much that is argued in the article. It is mainly dealing with the rulings of the court and the residents’ opinions to that ruling.

Pathos was the next most referred part. I found that the ethical parts of this article more referred to the controversial issues of the neighbors. Pathos is the emotional part of rhetoric. The quotes from the people involved in the case proved their views and their stand on the issue. They gave an insight to the controversy. The author does not seem to try to appeal to the readers’ emotions in his writing. Perhaps this is due to the topic since it is not that controversial.

Ethos was used the least in this article. The ethics are the things that are right and wrong with human or civil rights. The one that stand out the most to me was the fact that peoples’ properties are being toyed with. The case deals with the boundary lines of properties. It deals with the controversy between the protection and ownership of the beach.  The court came to the conclusion that the police would respond to trespassing on the beach the same way they would in a suburban area. It is easy to tell the gender and race of the author because his name and picture are listed at the head of the article. 


This article was not that captivating to me because it was not on a topic that hits home. Yes, it is in the area, but I do not live there therefore I do not believe that I have a say in what the court decided. The author seemed to mainly be stating the rulings of the court and not very involved in the issue. That also makes this article not as interesting a read because the author, Robert Brauchle, himself is not totally invested in one side of the story or another.

Mr. Brauchle is, however, a credible writer. By using a text analyzing tool, I found that he uses simpler words so that his audience can understand it. I’m sure he does this because it can be hard to decipher Supreme Court rulings and legal documents. He

Even though the author of this article may not be invested wholeheartedly in this issue, they are coming from a credible source, The Daily Press. The Daily Press, as a news source, would probably not hire someone unless they had the background to cover stories.

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