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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 September, 2005, 12:00am

Disbelief over swindle

I was shocked and in disbelief after reading that a paralysed woman was cheated of millions by a good friend whom she forgave ('$9.3m cheat jailed - and forgiven,' SCMP, September 14). I sympathise with the woman who was cheated and understand that sometimes life is cruel. I hope that she will find a good friend who will respect her.

Lee Hiu-tung

STFA Tam Pak Yu College

Wrong motivation behind volunteering

Some students dedicate their free time to doing volunteer work for the elderly. They are likely to say: 'I enjoy the experience and I've gained much from it'.

Competition for university places is very keen. Some students participate in voluntary work just so they will be admitted for their good deeds.

They volunteer because they want to get preferential treatment, rather than to help others. This is the wrong attitude.

Students, are you volunteering for the needy or for a university place?

Lai Chin-wai

Leung Shek Chee College

Old-fashioned notion about fashion trends

Many adults cling to the old-fashioned notion that teenagers should dress very plainly and not use make-up. Some believe that teenage girls who use cosmetics or dress up have poor academic results or are only interested in dating boys.

In our modern society, why does this outdated and unreasonable view still exist?

In my opinion, it is not a bad thing for teenagers to wear fashionable clothes and cosmetics, so long as they do not wear very sexy clothes and apply too much make-up.

Kinnie Law Kwok-yan

SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

Later school start would be beneficial

I am writing in response to the article 'Students should sleep in: study' (Young Post, September 21).

Most students have felt sleepy during lessons.

It is not caused by laziness, but instead by the amount of homework and studying we have to do.

The article mentions that teenagers undergo physical changes that affect their sleep patterns.

School starting time should be shifted to 8.30am. This would allow students to get more rest.

Ada Wong

Merits are overused

Many schools award their students with a merit if they do something well.

But some give merits for simple tasks, such as handing in homework on time. But handing in their work on time is the duty of students.

Schools should not give out merits so freely.

Teachers ought to teach students that merits are not very useful in life.

They should learn to be responsible and help others.

Iris Lin

STFA Tam Pak Yu College

Friends not forever

Many graduates sign school photo albums with the words: 'forever friends'.

But a year after graduating, I find myself drifting apart from my former schoolmates.

We have few things to talk about and argue over trivial matters.

Are friendships truly able to stand the test of time?

Twinkle Chan

St Francis' Canossian College

Good reasons to live

Recently, two teachers and three students committed suicide. Many people commit suicide each year for unknown reasons.

If people thought about the good things in the world and the people who care about them, they would not want to die.

Life is full of surprises and happiness, don't just look at the negative side.


STFA Tam Pak Yu College

Dealing with stress

According to a recent Chinese University survey, men in Hong Kong tend to resort to alcohol to cope with problems.

Alcoholism has risen due to increasing stress levels among citizens.

I think that it is acceptable for adults to have a glass of wine or beer to cope with stress, so long as they do not get drunk.

But they should also be aware of the risk of alcohol abuse.


Ko Lui Secondary School

West Rail over-priced

An East Rail single journey ticket from Sheung Shui to Hunghom costs $9 for a 32km journey.

In comparison, a West Rail single journey ticket from Nam Cheong to Tuen Mun costs $15 for 30.5km journey after discount.

East Rail's 12-carriage trains are always full of passengers while West Rail's eight-carriage trains are not.

The reason for this is clear: uneven pricing.

Ng Hin-lung

Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College