PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 July, 2008, 12:00am

Keep the Olympics free of politics

Are the Olympics a political event?

No, it's an international sporting event that symbolises world peace and the spirit of sport.

There are many advantages to hosting the Olympic Games: they give the host country a chance to improve the environment, educate its citizens about national pride, and enhance its social stability and economic development.

However, other countries can use the Games to try and force the host country into unwanted courses of action.

This is what happened to China. Powerful countries were unhappy with the human rights situation in Tibet and protested during stages of the Olympic torch relay.

As citizens we should support our country in these circumstances.

The Olympics should simply be an international sport event not a political battlefield, and harmony should be maintained between countries.

Sam Lai Hoi-yip, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Life is uncertain

Pressure affects all of us. When it becomes too much for me I think of our neighbour's baby, who is so cute but suffered the terrible misfortune of being born with brain cancer.

Many people are scared of chemotherapy but she was strong enough to go through treatment and she has now recovered from her illness.

If a baby can have the will power to overcome her troubles, why can't we?

No matter what troubles we have, we should face them, not hide from them. Life is not a matter of certainty, and we must treasure it.

Joanne Chan, Leung Shek Chee College

Annoying parents

Sometimes we think our parents are really annoying, when actually they are just worried about us.

Therefore, we should not get angry with them but be patient and listen to what they say.

If we don't, we will regret it.

In this world while others may not be true to us, our parents and family members always are.

In conclusion, we should always treasure our parents and family members, treat them as well as they treat us and love them as much as we love ourselves. Ann So, Marymount Secondary School

Loving the Hong Kong lifestyle

I certainly believe Hong Kong is a good place to live.

Under the policy of 'one country, two systems', the Central Government is responsible for the territory's defence and foreign affairs while Hong Kong maintains its own legal system, police force, monetary system, customs and immigration policies, and sends its own delegates to international organisations and events.

Hong Kong is an international city, and the cultural diversity and cosmopolitan lifestyle here are major attractions.

The city enjoys a high degree of religious freedom, a right enshrined and protected in the Basic Law.

Hong Kong has a highly developed and sophisticated transport network, both public and private.

Over 90 per cent of the journeys undertaken here are by public transport, the highest percentage in the world.

Hong Kong's cuisine is renowned for its exotic fusion of eastern and western flavours, and because of its cultural blend, proximity to the mainland and reputation for quality the city has become a gourmet paradise.

Leung Man

Art or science?

This choice may be quite confusing and your parents may pressure you to study science because they think it is good for your future.

But if you later find you're not interested in these subjects, it may be difficult to change again and you may not achieve good exam results.

It is very important to choose the right subjects regardless of what your parents or peers say.

Chu Kiu-ying, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial Collage

Care for the elderly

Some times I wonder what my life will be like when I'm old and if my son or daughter will look after me for the rest of my life.

Hong Kong has a large elderly population, and many of them are ill and unable to take care of themselves.

Their family members may be too busy to look after them during the day and they live lonely lives in poor conditions.

However, even though the government has a large financial surplus this year, it doesn't spend enough on the elderly and they do not have enough money for their daily expenses or medical fees.

We should be responsible for the elderly in our family and try our best to take care of them.

Also, if we have any spare time, we could visit elderly people as a volunteer.

Danielle Lam, Shun Lee Catholic Secondary School

A weighty issue for youngsters

Eating habits have changed drastically since western fast food was introduced to Hong Kong.

Youngsters are addicted to fast food and fast food advertisements can be misleading and exaggerated.

Young people are not always aware of the issue of obesity and if their parents work for long hours, they may lack proper supervision.

Obesity is associated with many diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

A balanced diet and exercise are the only things that will prevent people from becoming overweight.

May So wai-kwan, VTC Yeo Chei Man Senior Secondary School