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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 June, 2012, 12:00am
 

Say no to alcohol and yes to health

The number of car accidents in Hong Kong is increasing. Unfortunately, many of these accidents are caused by drink driving.

In my opinion, we should say no to alcohol. Alcohol is harmful to your health. It can destroy muscle co-ordination, slow down our responses and result in a lack of concentration. This is often why drink-driving accidents happen. Besides, drinking alcohol can increase the risk of cancer and heart disease and damage the digestive system.

Despite the fact that alcohol has many disadvantages, I wonder why some people are still drinking it. Let's say no to alcohol and lead a healthy lifestyle!

Stephanie Fung, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

Whatsapp helps share with friends

Whatsapp has become a controversial topic. But I think it is really useful.

It lets us send free messages to our friends. This is better than calling them as they do not have to waste time listening to you. You can just leave them a message and wait for their reply.

Whatsapp can also be used to send photographs. I often use it to assist friends with their homework.

I don't think it is possible to get addicted to using this app as it does not have any games or videos. You can only send messages or pictures.

Bounty Chen Ho-yan, Carmel Secondary School

Filibustering is a democratic right

Filibustering is a part of democracy and it should be supported because we have freedom of expression in Hong Kong. Recently, the lawmakers from People Power and other parties used this method to raise public awareness of some important issues.

While their conduct can be irrational sometimes, their 'misbehaviour' can benefit the underprivileged or even change conditions in our community.

Take last year's 'banana incident', for example, when League of Social Democrats lawmaker Wong Yuk-man threw a bunch of bananas at Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen during a debate in the Legislative Council. This was totally ridiculous. However, after this event, the 'fruit money' of the elderly was increased to HK$3,000 by the government.

Democracy is as essential as economic growth.

Angela Hsieh Yan-yu, Cheng Chek Chee Secondary School

School stress no good for students

I think it is time to review the whole education system in Hong Kong. Students and teachers are facing too much stress.

First, the 'ever-changing' nature of the education system is not helpful. Exam schedules are tight and the new NSS curriculum is too broad, making it unusually challenging for schools to cover everything without conducting extra lessons.

Second, with the HKDSE exam, students only have one chance to gain a university place. They often attend tutorials to achieve this.

Finally, universities do not provide enough information for students who have to make a decision on their career paths. Students also do not have a proper idea about admission requirements for different courses. This means they cannot plan to secure places in local universities.

Meanwhile, they worry whether overseas universities will accept their results.

I hope the Education Bureau will formulate policies to solve the above-mentioned problems.

Shirley Choi

Blind dancer an inspiration to all

Do you still remember the blind girl who danced in a TV commercial in 2003? Judith Lung Wai-hin lost her sight to retinal cancer when she was just three months old. But she encouraged people not to give up on their lives. Life is a gift, she said.

In 2007, she represented California in the National Braille Challenge and won. She got perfect exam scores and received the President's Education Award. Through determination and hard work, she gained a degree in English.

Although she knows she will face more difficulties in her life, she will make every moment count and overcome the obstacles. I definitely think Lung is a great example to many youngsters.

Carmen Li, SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School

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