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PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 November, 2008, 12:00am

Organ donors can show the way

Under the presumed consent system, individuals are considered organ donors after death. This has been a common practice in many European countries like Spain and Austria.

There is a debate whether Hong Kong should adopt this system.

I admit the system can bring problems. Removing organs from a body is disrespectful to the dead person's family, some people say.

They also believe it is a violation of human rights and religious freedom.

But there is a severe shortage of organs in Hong Kong. Many patients have died while awaiting a transplant.

If we adopt the presumed consent system, more lives can be saved. There's no purpose in keeping something which is no longer useful. By donating our organs, we are also setting a good example for others to follow.

Such acts of kindness will make Hong Kong a loving and peaceful society.

Henry Tam, St Joseph's College

Donations make a big difference

You can help the poor, the sick and the handicapped by making donations to various charities.

When we make a donation, we are not only giving them money, but helping them build new lives.

With the donations, poor people can improve their standard of living. The visually impaired and the disabled can use the money to get medical treatment.

There are many charitable organisations which help the needy.

For example, earthquake victims need assistance. They need food, homes and medical treatment.

Let's give a helping hand to the needy. We can bring them some cheer during this festive season.

Jaspreet Singh Jaswal, California School

Short and sweet but not good

I am writing in response to the article 'SMS more popular than calls' (Young Post, October 8).

The writer points out the benefits of the short message service. Text messaging is a very convenient way to pass information, she says. And you can send text messages any time without disturbing the other person.

However, I would like to highlight some bad effects of SMS.

Firstly, students use incomplete sentences and strange symbols in text messages. For example, 'CU 2 nite' means 'see you tonight'. They don't use proper English grammar and spelling anymore.

Secondly, students might send SMS during lessons. Then they won't concentrate in class and will get poor grades.

Finally, people should talk to each other more often. Otherwise, humans could become robots.

Students should use SMS only if they cannot reach the other party by phone.

Nothing can replace face- to-face interaction.

Richard Wong Wai-lok, St Paul's College

Smokers pollute Tung Chung park

There's a park near my housing estate in Tung Chung. Some people go there to smoke, which is very annoying.

There's a smoking area not far from the park. But people still light up within the park, which is a public area. This is against the law.

A lot of people are angry about this. While they work out or take a walk, the smokers pollute the air.

It is strange the park's security guards have not taken any action against the offenders.

They should warn the smokers, and if they smoke again, call the police.

The public has the right to enjoy fresh air.

Smoking is harmful to the smokers as well as those around them.

I hope the smokers will realise their mistake and kick their bad habit.

Yan Fong, SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School


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