PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 October, 2007, 12:00am

Children need to have a caring family

It is the parents' responsibility to look after their children, but recent reports indicate that some of them are not doing a good job.

Nowadays, both parents work so they take turns to care for their children who are sometimes left alone at home.

With the city's fast-paced lifestyle, a lot of people are under pressure and have little time to relax.

Hong Kong is facing another serious problem.

An increasing number of young, unmarried women are becoming pregnant.

They are immature and lack problem-solving skills.

Their main concern is to earn more money to boost the family's finances.

This is a worrying trend that should be reversed without delay.

More importantly, we need to raise awareness about teenage pregnancies and how they can be avoided.

I believe young people are unable to deal with family problems and this could easily lead to tragedy.

Becky Chan Lai-man, Shun Lee Catholic Secondary School

Regulate charities to protect donors

I am writing to express my opinion about the recent proposal to regulate charities.

I agree that there should be stricter laws to control non-profit organisations in Hong Kong.

Once, a young girl asked me to buy a flag.

I had never heard of the charity so I questioned her about it.

Then she ran away.

I don't think she was selling 'real' flags. In the past, some people used to hold fake fund-raising activities to earn some quick money.

I believe the government should introduce stringent legislation to control charities and protect the interests of donors.

Amy Lau Yuk-ching, Leung Shek Chee College

Leading the way

I recently went to a camp which taught me how to be a successful leader.

I realised that this is not an easy task.

For example, a great leader should have confidence, be persuasive and co-operate with others.

I enjoyed the camp because I made a lot of new friends and played with them.

I learned that teamwork is essential for success.

If we co-operate with each other, nothing is impossible. Even though it is very difficult to be a good leader, I will try my best.

Yeung Wing-sze

Healthy view of life

I visited my grandfather who is 85 years old. He is partially paralysed and cannot walk without someone's help.

His condition made me think about life.

I realised that if we are healthy, then we will be happy.

As the saying goes, health is more important than wealth.

We should take good care of ourselves. In order to be healthy, we should do more exercise and eat more healthy food, such as fish, fruits and vegetables.

Say 'no' to junk food, and drink more water.

Gary Leung Sze-ho, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School

Be brave and try to stay on track

Everyone has to face obstacles in life.

Sometimes they may fall and hurt themselves badly. But they should never give up.

I have a very strict father. He gets angry when I make even a small mistake. He always wants me to do my best. Sometimes, I really want to leave home, but I control myself.

I try to follow my father's instructions, but he keeps giving me more and more work. I simply have to accept his way of doing things.

I got a disease when I was small. I had to wear a hard 'shell' to keep my backbone straight. I wore it for eight years. It was a really tough time for me.

Then I had an operation. It cured my bone disease, but I stopped growing. I'm a Form Three student, but I'm only 135 centimetres tall.

Three months ago, a doctor told me that I had another disease. I felt furious at the time. Why am I always so unlucky?

When I calmed down, I told myself that complaints wouldn't change anything. I should be brave.

Now, I have Chinese medicine twice a day. Every time I feel hopeless, I tell myself to be courageous.

I hope you, too, can be like me.

When you fall, get up and try to reach the finish line.

Lee Yan-tim, Christian Alliance S. C. Chan Memorial College

Free access to books key to knowledge

Should public libraries charge people for borrowing books?

Under a new proposal, libraries may receive HK$2 per book from borrowers. I do not support this suggestion.

The purpose of letting people borrow books from a library is to spread knowledge among the community.

Although HK$2 is a small amount, there are people who cannot afford it.

This regulation could affect the public's reading habits and defeat the purpose of having libraries.

Some may argue that people can read in study rooms at public libraries.

But this creates a space problem.

Already libraries cannot cope with the demand from those who want to use their reading rooms.

So the situation could become worse when the new law is introduced.

In Sha Tin and Ma On Shan public libraries, I have seen people sitting on the floor and 'enjoying' their books.

Knowledge is priceless. Price should not control citizens' interest in reading.

Meimei Tsang, St Rose of Lima's College