PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 November, 2007, 12:00am

Tragic times in Tin Shui Wai

More and more people are becoming concerned about family disputes.

Earlier on, there were tonnes of newspaper reports on the Tin Shui Wai tragedy.

All Hongkongers are willing to lend a helping hand to their fellow citizens in Tin Shui Wai.

The Government has come up with a series of policy initiatives to release tension in the area.

Apart from that, famous artists have been there to express their love and care through their paintings and performances.

Loving actions are very important when it comes to preventing tragedy from spreading.

Lee Fung-san, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

Is GM food safe or not?

How much do you know about genetically modified food? Is it safe? What are the main concerns about GM food?

Some people are worried about GM because they don't understand the production process. Before making any judgment, it's best to define the term.

GM food can be defined as food produced from genetically modified organisms that have had their genome altered through genetic engineering.

This means that the food has been modified by technology.

The idea of GM food can be traced back to ancient times when people let different kinds of plants cross-pollinate to produce a new species.

The main concern nowadays is that genetic modifications might have unforeseen consequences on both the genetically modified organisms and the environment.

The benefit of it is that genetic modification can increase the growth of food in unsuitable environments, improve nutrient content, and raise the quality and quantity produced.

It seems to be more beneficial than harmful. But why are green groups opposed to it?

It is because GM food can turn vegetables into meat-like food by adding protein.

The food will carry both animal and vegetable genes, and we do not know whether that will cause problems.

GM food also hides allergies so people might die if they eat vegetables that carry peanut genes they are allergic to.

Another problem is that it may widen the financial gap between developed and developing countries since the poor ones have no money to develop GM products.

The outcome of GM food is still unknown. Many of the questions are still unanswered. We will have to wait and see.

Chan Kin-cheung, Caritas Yuen Long Chan Chun Ha Secondary School

The advantages of idol worship

I would like to express my opinion on idol worship and offer some advice to other teenagers.

Many people, especially parents, think that idol worship is bad for teenagers. I do not agree.

I think teenagers can sometimes learn good qualities from their idols that will help them in life.

Huge amounts of homework, tests and examinations combine with pressure from parents to cause stress and depression among many students.

Idols can help alleviate this stress because they are success stories.

Take Lee Ka-shing for instance, the wealthiest man in Asia and the idol of many people.

Fans of the tycoon learn that after countless ordeals and failures, they can succeed.

My idol is Jolin Tsai, the most popular singer in Taiwan. Whenever I'm depressed, I think about her struggle to success and I feel confident again.

Martin Luther King dedicated himself to striving for racial equality. Even though he was murdered, his movement made great strides towards equality in America, a milestone in human development.

Teenagers can learn from his bravery, perseverance and love.

We can learn about the importance of determination from Helen Keller, the virtues of mercy and self-sacrifice from Mother Teresa and the 'never-say-die' attitude from Dr Sun Yat-sen.

As for me, I have learned how effort is crucial and that 'only in persisting endlessly can we realise our dreams' from Jolin.

Well-behaved idols can undeniably be good role models for teenagers.

Leo Ho Ka-ho , Tin Ka Ping Secondary School (Fanling)

Date happily

Many teenagers are dating nowadays. Some treat it seriously, but others treat it like a game.

In my opinion, teenagers should choose boyfriends or girlfriends whose values and character are similar to their own and not just base their opinions on first impressions because feelings will change over time.

More importantly, since beauty is fleeting and none of us can look the same throughout life, we should not base our feelings on looks.

When dating, we should always be concerned about the other person's well-being and feelings.

Learning to accept another person's faults and appreciate their strengths is very important. Otherwise, the relationship will not last.

Dating is a serious matter. We should not treat it like a game as the one we choose may turn out to be our true love.

We should be careful not to hurt the other person's feelings. Otherwise, they will lose confidence and become sceptical.

Dating is for mature teenagers who can handle study and a relationship at the same time.

Tammy Yung Tsz-ching, Leung Shek Chee College