We all forget to be polite sometimes
Many people think mainlanders are rude and have bad manners. I agree that some of them have odd habits like jumping queues or squatting on trains. But there are many mainlanders who are very kind.
Take the case of Yueyue, the little girl who sadly died after she was run over by two vehicles in Foshan . Eighteen people passed by and didn't help her, but then a woman picked her up and looked for her parents so they could rush her to hospital.
But the bigger question is: will people show kindness and good manners towards others all the time? I think people often forget about being polite.
I have a classmate who likes to say bad things about others and asks other students to join in. I think that's very selfish. How would he feel if others bad-mouthed him?
I admit that sometimes I forget to be polite as well. I also argue with my mum even if I know she only wants what is best for me. I hope to correct these bad habits.
Law will stop friends sharing fun together
The proposed copyright law makes it illegal for people to share videos, photos and music (which were created by others) on the internet.
This means it will be a criminal offence to share a YouTube video on Facebook or upload another person's photos with added special effects.
Most of my friends and I do not support this new law, as we think it violates our freedom. The Legislative Council did not even consult Hongkongers on the matter. It should seek public opinion before passing such an important piece of legislation.
Through sharing, we can listen to more music, view beautiful photos and watch interesting videos.
With the new copyright law, we will not be able to enjoy these things.
Tsang Chin-wing, Maryknoll Fathers' School
Magic words make the world nicer
Recent research has shown that Hong Kong children's rudeness is related to their parents' behaviour. This is sad because being polite is a good way to make friends and be successful in life.
Here are some magic words every child - and adult - should use: 'Thank you.' When someone gives you a hand, make them feel appreciated and show that their action is valued. 'Please.' When you face difficulties, you may ask for someone's help. A request might be considered unreasonable without this magic word. 'Sorry.' When you do something wrong, you must express regret to the person you have wronged.
Ivy Siu, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College
Fire safety flaws hurt hotel's image
Fire hit the five-star Harbour Grand Hong Kong hotel in North Point. While no one died (thankfully), the guests were furious because of poor safety procedures. They said the fire alarm, which sounded like a cellphone ringing, only went off on a few floors. The sprinklers also failed to work.
These are serious problems. A fire alarm should be loud enough so that guests can take immediate action during an emergency.
Although the hotel bosses said the alarms only sounded on floors directly hit by fire, it was still unacceptable because everyone must be notified. Not urging people to flee danger is ridiculous.
This incident has tarnished the hotel's image - in Hong Kong and abroad.
Kelly Lam Wing-sum, Leung Shek Chee College
Children can bring benefits to our lives
I am writing in response to the article 'HK's rich hesitate to have babies', (SCMP, April 10). Having a baby is a serious matter, but there's no doubt married couples should have children.
People may say that raising a child needs a lot of money and effort. But this is a worthy goal.
There aren't too many people who can be with you when you grow old - your children can.
Also, because of the ageing population and the declining birth rate, the next generation will be an essential source of labour for Hong Kong.
Pleasure or responsibility? I hope we make the right decision.
Ian Lau, Christian Alliance S. C. Chan Memorial College