ESSAY

Followingthe writing and argument made in the case of “Don’t Blame theEater”, there arises an argument that the various fast foods existas the only inexpensive sources of food. In general, the writingfocuses attention to that no other healthier food option can be ascheap as the fast food restaurants, such as the one in the reading.My argument is that I find it convincing that around every block,there is an option of taking healthier foods at a low cost, same asthe expense of the junk food. My conversation tends to follow andestablish an argument, depending on the various notes provided by thereading. From the reading, I would easily arrive at a conclusion thatthe healthier option of eating vegetables is much easier than theintake of junk food. The vegetables always have their nutritionalvalues printed at the wrappings, making it simpler to recognize thevarious healthy constituents of the foods.

However,there is common ground that fast food stores are the leading causesof obesity among children across the American States. Despite thefact that the fast foods have a huge role in causing the obesity ofthe small children, I still believe the greatest part of stopping themenace remains with the children. Compare the scenario it is likebuying a brand new Ferrari, then suing the car-manufacturing companyfor getting speeding tickets. It would make sense at all. Well in ourcase, the situations are similar, there is a lack of personalresponsibility. The children getting obese from taking too many fastfoods have the right thought in mind for suing McDonalds, but theyneglected personal responsibility. Their neglect for taking care oftheir bodies would not, in any case, compare to the harm caused bythe various fast foods consumption. It is close to a case of sympathyfor the young children, especially if you had a previous weightproblem, but that does not mean that the full blame lies entirely onfast food joints.

(Underworld:Hopedale Mining, Cadiz, Ohio), written by Jeanne Marie Laskas

Throughthis spectacular writing, Laskas provides us with profiles of theeveryday life of the people who we all believe are the drivers of thenation. In her writing, she explores a huge part of the nation, hasdirect interactions with these people. The interactions with thepeople reveal a vast unknown factual representation about their livesand what they do that is so significant to the nation that withoutthem, the nation cannot strive. The summary of the chapter is hugelydetailed, with the author taking keen interest to the variouscharacters and providing facts that rule out the importance of suchcharacters. Seemingly, the nation requires such people, and it isonly fair that we all learn from their daily efforts that help usenjoy the benefits of living in the country.

Ifeel I should point out the exemplary work carried out by the author.Without such exposure from the author, I feel that it would now bealmost impossible to appreciate such heroic works from the mineworkers. From their risky exposure in the working conditions, andfrom the description of the job requirements, one needs to have astrong spirit and will to work in such regions. The author stays fivehundred feet underground with Smitty discussing the life of anaverage American miner. My thoughts regarding miners could not in anyway come close to those revealed by the piece by Lansas. I relate tothe fact the fact that very few American citizens have anyinformation regarding the type of lifestyles led by the miners. Inmost practical cases, all we know of is that once in a while, theyhave to go to underground tunnels, and then emerge at the end of theday. Their activities while underground remain a puzzle to most ofthe readers of the piece. The way they live their lives is also apuzzle to most of us, as we would all be quick to assume that theylead a good life typically. However, we care so little to learn abouttheir lives. Laskas asks Smitty if he feels it is weird that the restof the nation has no information of the type of life he has, and theresponse from the miner is good enough to offset a thinking processaimed to learn more about the lives of the miners. The question byLaskas is a direct motive to indulge us in the lives of the miner,and I felt that it was an overall introduction to the lives in thedescription in this chapter of Hidden America.

Theintroductory phrases in the chapter exceed my expectations as I didnot know that the author would take such intense and deep characterengagements before making the final case. We do not think of suchpeople in our daily affairs. Their wants while working in the minesremain blank to us, and yet they still have the motivation to carryon day after day to ensure the nation runs smoothly. The best phrasesin the writing that offered the best claims follow the response fromSmitty that most people in the nation have no knowledge or even ideaof the way things work in their nation. To me, I feel that as anation we focus so much attention on the most irrelevant things. Weare quick to follow and explain to others of the inspirationalstories of the millionaires and the billionaires in the nation. Weexpose ourselves to the success stories and try to link them with ourlives, with a clear fallacy of imagining we will reach the heights ofthe millionaires if we follow their life paths. In so doing, we losefocus and fail to show any motivation to the people working intenselyhard to provide the nation with riding wheels. The miners, the oilrig workers, the workers at the migrant labor camp, and the airtraffic control workers at LaGuardia Airport should form an interestin our daily lives. We ought to recognize their efforts andappreciate that without their commitment and servitude, our nationwould crumble to its feet at an instant.

Thewords arrangement was not repetitive as each descriptive phrasesopened the reader to facts and revelations that we did not knowpreviously. More importantly, the chapter did not have any claimsthat proved to be generalizations, and the author provided facts tomake her arguments logical to all the readers. With such good worksfrom the people and the author, it is a unifying effort to bringpeople together and make them appreciate the works of the other typeof workers who receive a very little credit for their efforts ingrowing the nation.