The article "U.S. Super Bowl Brings Massive Security Resources to Minneapolis," is about the safety measures being taken for the Super Bowl game, in Minneapolis. According to the article, dozens of other cities are sending officers and 10,000 volunteers are being trained to spot suspicious activity. There’s gonna be an increase in police patrols, bomb-sniffing dogs, helicopters, officers in tactical gear, and that chain-link and concrete fence around U.S. Bank Stadium. Also, plenty of technology such as motion detectors, closed-circuit cameras and air particle sensors will be operating behind the scenes. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
The reason behind all these extreme safety measures is not about just feeling safe but making sure people are in fact safe. Based on the recent events around the world, Jeffrey Miller, former senior vice president and chief security officer for the NFL stated that officers have to take into account the possibility of a terror attack. Over the past decade, Minneapolis has seen dozens of young men travel to Somalia or Syria to join extremist groups. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Fans are also encouraged to stay vigilant and call 911 or FBI in case they see something suspicious.
In my opinion, all the safety measures being taken for the Super Bowl game are extremely important. With all the recent events occurring around the world people need to know they’re safe. If I was attending the game, I think I would still be concerned about security. Nowadays, people don’t even need a reason to take away innocent lives. But I have the faith that our society is enough civilized to give this event the importance it deserves without turning it into a tragedy. At the end of the day, it’s just a game no matter who wins it!
The lede of an article summarizes its main ideas and also includes brief answers to the questions who, what, why, when, where and how. In the article “New York Legislator Renews Effort to Bar Tackle Football for Children”, by Ken Belson, the lede would be the following sentence: “A bill being reintroduced in the New York state legislature this week would bar youth tackle football for children under 12 years old, the latest attempt to address the emerging dangers of repeated head hits on young brains.” (Belson 1)
In my opinion, the bill should be approved as soon as possible. Every day thousands of children experience head injuries due to violent hits during football games. According to the doctors, head hits absorbed by young players are more damaging because their brains are not fully developed, and are less capable of fully repairing themselves (Belson 1). Several hits can cause concussions and other potential long-term cognitive problems and banning the sport entirely for preteens would reduce and minimize potential head trauma.
In this matter, I totally agree with Buoniconti’s message towards parents: All parents should not allow children to play football until high school.” (Buoniconti) As a parent one should review all the information and become better educated on what the potential risk factors are of playing tackle football. It is our responsibility to protect our children’s health and keep them safe and this can be done by not allowing children to play in violent sports such as tackle football.
Vaping Can Be Addictive and May Lure Teenagers to Smoking, Science Panel Concludes
By SHEILA KAPLAN
JAN. 23, 2018
This article addresses an issue that is closely related to our health and we should all be aware of the negative effects of e-cigarettes, despite the fact that they are not as harmful when compared to the conventional ones.
According to a recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, in Washington, it was concluded that vaping with e-cigarettes that contain nicotine can be addictive and that teenagers who use the devices may be at higher risk of smoking.
This issue has been intensely debated in the United States and elsewhere. The panel of public health experts found evidence among studies that vaping may prompt teenagers or young adults to try regular cigarettes, putting them at higher risk for addiction. However, no significant linkage between e-cigarettes and long-term smoking has been established. The experts said it was unable to determine whether young people were just trying cigarettes or becoming habitual smokers.
The authors of the new report cited conclusive evidence that vaping can be addictive, and that exposure to nicotine from e-cigarettes sometimes depends on the characteristics of the device, as well as how it is used. They also cited conclusive proof that in addition to nicotine, most e-cigarettes contain and emit potentially toxic substances.
The main argument of the article is that teenage use of e-cigarettes leads to conventional smoking. Kaplan supports her argument with results from different surveys, statistics and expert opinions. Her intended audience is mainly new generation, teenagers and also their parents who have the right to be fully informed of the negative effects that stem from the consumption of e-cigarettes.