Have Your Say

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 October, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 October, 2005, 12:00am

Turn the onboard volume down

One of the criticisms of broadcasting on public transport is that it invades the personal space of passengers. While some passengers regard onboard programming as a means of passing the time, others feel their privacy and freedom is being infringed.

I don't think that the fact that there are televisions on public transport constitutes a loss of freedom because it is up to each individual passenger to decide whether they actually watch the programmes.

The only problem is with the sound emitted by the broadcasts. It is very difficult to determine what level of sound is acceptable as everyone's tolerance of noise is different.

I therefore think that the KMB Corporation should turn the volume down so that the broadcasts do not disturb those passengers who don't want to watch. But I don't think onboard programming should be stopped altogether as it provides an alternative way for people to pass the time during their journey.

Penny Kwan

Shun Lee Catholic

Secondary School

Elderly should be at top of housing list

I'm writing in response to the article 'Flats curb on young singles imminent' (SCMP, September 27). I agree with Chan Ka-shun that this policy is 'fair, reasonable and appropriate'.

It is clear that the number of young applicants on the waiting list has increased rapidly. I can see why this is unfair to the elderly.

Young people not only have the ability to earn money, but they also have more time to wait.

The situation for old people is different. Their working ability decreases as their age increases.

Even if they have some savings, they will be reluctant to use this money as they don't know how many years the reserves need to last for.

I think old people should get priority. When young people become older, they will be eligible for the same benefit.

Tsui Suet-kwan

Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

A pet is a long-term commitment

I am writing in response to the article 'Make your home purr-fect for your new furry friend' (Young Post, October 5).

When I was a child, my family kept a little cat. It was very naughty and was always ripping the sofa. It slept with me every night. One day I went out with it, and it walked away and disappeared into a crowd of people. I felt upset because I had lost a family member.

So, if you want to keep a pet, you have to think carefully. Having a pet means you have a new family member. You need to take care of it and spend time with it. You need to love it for its whole life.

Au Ka-wai

Illegal downloading When you download or share music files illegally, you will now get a pop-up message warning.

The pop-ups are to let you know that you could be identified and that you might be prosecuted.

One of the reasons people download illegally is because CDs, VCDs and DVDs are so expensive. I think music companies could help prevent the problem by allowing people to download one or two free songs from their websites.

There should also be more education to teach people not to infringe on intellectual property rights.

We all hope that Hong Kong can be a city where everyone takes responsibility for obeying the law.

Chan Tsz-yan

Pooi To Middle School

Don't judge lost teens

I am writing in response to the article 'Lost in the dark' (Young Post, September 30).

Many gang members are very young but we should not judge them as being 'bad' because we don't know what their home situation is like.

I was surprised to read in the article that many gang members would choose the same life again if they were given a second chance. They find gang life more 'exciting' than studying. I think this may also be due to problems at home.

Every teenager has special skills, but parents and teachers need to help them develop their talents. Parents also need to find more time to communicate with their children.

But teenagers must take some responsibility too. They should have a positive outlook on life and must judge who their real friends are.

A Student

Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Don't cut charity pay

I am writing in response to the recent article 'Charity workers' pay hit by government subsidy cuts'. (SCMP, October 6).

As our society faces growing problems, especially amongst teenagers, social workers become more important. But their salaries are being slashed because of government subsidy cuts.

I strongly support the workers submitting petition letters to their employers. If they don't take action, there may be more pay cuts in the future.

Fung Nga-man

Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College