PUBLISHED : Friday, 24 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 24 October, 2008, 12:00am

Try to love the ones you hate

Is there anyone out there you hate? If there is, you probably have very personal reasons.

We all have different reasons for disliking people. It may be because they are more capable than we are, or perhaps because they let us down badly.

In the past, I also hated someone because of the pointless tricks he played. I hated him for a long time. Then one day I realised I was tired. I wondered why I'd allowed it to take up my energy for so long.

I decided it was time to try to accept him.

I think, if you are always angry with someone, your negative emotions will get in the way of your studies and your work. So the best thing to do is to try to love the people you hate. But, I have to admit, this is not easy.

Kelvin Lee, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Helping kids come back to society

I am writing to suggest things that can be done for kids who withdraw from society. These are kids who lack confidence in themselves. This is perhaps because of their poor grades or due to peer pressure.

These kids need help from social workers. I think that's the government's responsibility. Social workers could visit them a few times a week, and talk to them. They can also design games for the kids that will make them more confident.

Schools, too, can help by making sure these kids get praise when they deserve it. Their schoolmates need to do more to make them feel accepted. Play with them, invite them to your homes. We need to be patient with these kids and help them become more sociable.

Parents need to do more, too. If parents let these kids just sit around at home, the problem will get worse. They should be encouraging the kids to get out and join in extra-curricular activities and to watch the news. They need to have more contact with things that are happening outside their own world.

Parents can also encourage these kids to have short-term and long-term goals. There should be rewards for reaching the goals, and support and understanding while they try their best.

But, of course, the kids themselves have to work harder. If you've withdrawn from society and are reading this letter, I hope you will think about how you can come back. We're waiting for you.

Yeung Yan-wing, Our Lady of the Rosary College

Let's make HK a little less cold

Last week, I took the bus to school. It was very cold inside. A lot of the other students had come prepared. They were wearing sweaters. But why do we have to carry sweaters when everybody on the streets is sweating?

I thought about some places I'd visited recently where I was greeted by a blast of icy air. The malls in Tsim Sha Tsui, the MTR, and cinemas came to my mind. Why are we always walking from an oven into a refrigerator? No wonder Hong Kong kids are always suffering from colds and flu.

Everyone talks all the time about global warming. I believe we should do our bit to make our world less freezing.

Niki Lam, Hang Seng School of Commerce

Invest more effort and money in sport

Why has Hong Kong neglected sport? We haven't invested enough in training or facilities. Also, our athletes don't often get opportunities to go overseas and receive training from foreign experts.

We need a sports centre that is up to international standards.

We also need to have people who are focused on looking for new sporting talent.

Some very good athletes choose not to make sport their full-time career because there's no money in it.

I think the government should set up a special fund for them.

It should also provide more assistance to retired athletes who are still young enough to work in another field.

Michelle Sheung, LST Wong Chung Ming Secondary School