Thursday, 19 July 2012

CPE Letter to the editor

(start with a polite greeting)
Dear editor  

(P1- state clearly why you write/ give your point of view)
I am writing in reply to the article about dangerous sports which was published in your newspaper on Sunday 8th July. I would definitely agree with the idea that such sports put people at risk and that it would be infinitely preferable for the government to ban them. 

(P2- support your point of view with arguments)
Having said that, it is also true that taking regular exercise is vitally important. For example, yoga, tai-chi and other forms of gentle exercise can do wonders for our health. As for more strenuous exercise, such as weight lifting and athletism, I believe they can be practised at gyms and other special places where people can be supervised by trainers and experts.

(P3- support your point of view with more arguments)
The main problem with dangerous sports -yatch races, for instance- is that they happen outdoor in remote areas where no control or supervision can be provided. Tragedies like what happened to that yatch in Hobart not only put the participants´ lives at risk, but also the ones of the people in the rescue teams. It is also important to mention that the operation to save the injured cost the state a fortune, which might as well have been used to do some social work in favour of  Hobart´s community. If we banned extreme sports we would avoid both of these problems.

(P4- same as 3)
Of course there will be sportmen who will complain when the ban is established. They will probably claim that their freedom to choose their leisure activities is being restricted, but surely you must understand that we would be doing it for their own safety. Others will probably state that we need not to worry about the cost of rescues as they can be assumed by insurance companies, but this is not necessarily true. As far as I am concerned such companies will only take responsibility of fifty per cent of the cost of rescue operations.

(P5- conclude/ state your opinion clearly -same as P1)
To sum up, I think that it is urgent for the government to take action and ban extreme sports now and for all. There is plenty of evidence that they are not only dangerous, but they cost us taxpayers a big amount of money, which could be better used to improve the quality of life of people in our city.

(polite closing)
Yours faithfully

Gustavo Albarracín

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