PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 06 July, 2009, 12:00am

Mui Wo should have a change of mind

Christian Zheng Sheng College, a rehabilitation centre for teen drug addicts, wants to relocate to Mui Wo from its current isolated and overcrowded location on Lantau Island. But Mui Wo residents have objected to the proposed move.

The issue has become the talk of the town, and I think Mui Wo residents should accept the students from Zheng Sheng College.

We all make mistakes, and when we do, we hope others forgive us. This I think is the attitude we should have towards Zheng Sheng College students.

In the past, they took drugs but they now know that they were wrong and are willing to mend their ways.

We should give them a chance. If we don't, they might feel like society is giving up on them and go back to taking drugs.

Making a mistake doesn't mean life is over when we are willing to make a change. We can learn from people who are willing to make amends for their mistakes. We should accept them and help them to abandon their bad habits, not focus on their wrongdoings.

I really hope Mui Wo residents will change their minds. Doing so will make a big difference to teenagers who are trying to make up for lost time.

Sherry Law Suet-ying, Kit Sam Lam Bing Yim Secondary School

Good reasons for learning French

Everybody in Hong Kong is busy improving their English, but I would like to learn French.

I have been pleading with my mother to let me learn it. To convince her, I started to do some research.

One thing I discovered is that around 70 per cent of people in Hong Kong say they would like to learn French because they think it is such an elegant and beautiful language.

But French is not only beautiful, it can also help you get a job. Many companies, for example, need interpreters and translators for doing business with France. French is also useful if you want to be a flight attendant or a waiter in a French restaurant. You might also get to work in France.

If, like me, you want to learn French, do not hesitate. Languages are easiest to learn when we are still young. The older we get the worse our memories become.

Also, remember practice makes perfect. Speak it as often as you can.

And when she heard my reasons, my mother agreed to let me study French. If you really want to learn it, you can.

Winnie Chan

Students should stop complaining

Many teenagers are complaining about being scolded by their parents, not having enough money, about the pressure of schoolwork, and a lack of freedom.

It seems that young people nowadays think life owes them something. In extreme cases, they resent all their responsibilities - as if their parents should give them whatever they want and they should not have to go to school. Some teenagers even say they hate their parents.

A lot of teenagers think they are grown up already and deserve more than they have. But actually when they behave the way they do it is clear they have not grown up at all.

If they had grown up, they would appreciate what they have and realise that they have responsibilities - to the future and to their parents.

Justin Ma Hin-ting, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School