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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 January, 2007, 12:00am

Need to recycle disposable cutlery

Fast-food restaurants use thousands of disposable items, which is harmful to the environment.

People choose such eateries because they are convenient. But do people think about the environment when they throw away their cutlery?

I can see both sides of the problem. From a green viewpoint, we should protect the environment and reduce wastage. On the other hand, the fast-food industry aims to provide food as quickly and as cheaply as possible, which is why they use disposable cutlery.

Without using disposable items, the cost of washing dishes will be reflected in the price of the food.

Recycling bins in fast-food restaurants could solve this problem.

Customers should also pitch in. For example, if they want takeaways, they should bring their own containers. I frequently go to McDonald's and Fairwood, but I will now try to cut down my visits to those restaurants.

This will help me to have a balanced diet as well as protect the environment.

Ng Wa-yu

TWGHs Lui Yun Choy

Memorial College

Protect animals

Last year, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals received 35,000 phone calls about animal cruelty. I was very sad after hearing this.

Animals are our friends, so we should be kind to them.

I you see any pets being mistreated, you should immediately report the matter to the police.

The government should do more to promote the welfare of animals.

Tough action should be taken against people who ill-treat animals.

Let's work hard to protect our friends.

Leung Yuk-lun

Maryknoll Fathers' School

Parents can guide you on right path

You should consider your parents as good teachers.

Someone once said: 'At five, you think your parents know everything. At 15, you think they are lame and boring. At 25, you would consider what your parents say. At 35, you would consult your parents before you do something. At 45, you get your parents' consent before doing anything, and at 55, you wish your parents were here to guide you.'

Many teenagers don't listen to their parents.

They come home late at night after hanging out with their friends, smoke, drink and waste their parents' money.

If you want to be successful in life, there are only two people who can guide you - your mum and dad.

As the saying goes, you don't know what you have until you lose it. So treasure your parents' advice and try to be responsible citizens.

Thasbeeh Moosa

Po Leung Kuk Ngan Po Ling College

Sad farewell to primary school

Although I left my primary school nearly three years ago, I am saddened to hear that it will shut down soon.

I still have fond memories of Lam Tei Gospel School, a co-educational institution which is located in a village.

I visit the school every year to meet my former teachers. It doesn't have a grand campus but I feel so relaxed every time I go there.

When I visited the school last year, there were tears in the teachers' eyes.

I love my primary school even though some of my classmates jeered at me sometimes. I have no hatred in my heart.

Sometimes, I am jealous of other students who can still visit their primary school teachers. But once my school is closed, where will the teachers go?

As I left, everyone smiled, but we all knew the truth.

Life can be so cruel.

Helen To

Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School

Try your best

What is your dream? Do you want to be a policeman, teacher or hairstylist? Or do you want to be a millionaire?

You may not achieve your dream, but if you try your best, you will be happy.

Cheng Choi-ha

Plastic surgery not worth the risk

Since a local actress became the celebrity spokeswoman of a cosmetic surgery company, many young girls have put more emphasis on their looks.

I am strongly against people having plastic surgery.

They should focus on their character rather than their appearance.

More importantly, people ignore the dangers of having cosmetic surgery. Do they realise that they could be scarred for life if something goes wrong during the procedure?

Plastic surgery is too risky. You should cherish who you are and treasure everyone around you.

Kathy Tsang

Leung Shek Chee College

Set higher targets

Don't set your sights too low. Then life could be boring.

Before you try to set your goals, think carefully.

Goals can encourage you, but they can also be useless.

Let's try to achieve more difficult targets and make our lives more interesting and worthwhile.

Eunice Cheung

Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Sports show the way

Students should spend less time on playing computer games and take up sports to ensure all-round development.

Young computer addicts could have a tough time getting along with people in the real world. In addition, their academic performance and health could suffer.

They can expand their social circle by taking part in sports activities.

Sports can help students to maintain a balanced lifestyle. Physical activities will help them stay alert and improve their health.

They can also get to know more people through sports.

They will make new friends and their lives will be richer.

Winki Law Kit-Ming

Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School

Don't complain

Many young people complain about all sorts of things these days.

Some may say they don't have enough freedom, while others could blame their parents for their difficulties.

They are never satisfied with what they have. One morning, I had a change of heart after I saw my father heading for work.

I asked myself: Is he doing something he enjoys? Isn't he working very hard simply to support his family?

Now I realise why my parents always ask me to study hard. They want me to get a good job and have a successful career.

I should stop being selfish and try to understand them more.

I know that my parents are getting older, so I should love and respect them.

Wong Ka-pui

Pentecostal Lam Hon Kwong School

Sleep well, be healthy

When you feel sleepy, you should go to bed.

I heard that continued

sleep loss might increase the chances of diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and heart attacks.

Sleep doesn't mean laziness. It can make you cleverer and healthier.

Zita Ng

Fukien Secondary School