PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 September, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 September, 2009, 12:00am

Root out lies in society

Telling lies is becoming a 'trend' in society and people seem to accept this.

When we were small, we were told to be honest at all times. Books have also taught us the importance of honesty.

Adults these days always blame their children for telling lies. But the adults themselves are like that.

Some businessmen tell lies to earn more money. Parents go to work although they had promised to spend time with their children.

Please don't blame the children in future - they are living in a world full of lies and they may simply be following the footsteps of their parents.

Jacky Chow Cheuk-ki, Carmel Secondary School

Fascinating glimpse of old Hong Kong

More and more Hongkongers are becoming concerned about preserving their cultural heritage. The Blue House in Wan Chai is a historic building that should be preserved.

The government is planning to renovate the complex which was built around 1922.

The authorities want to improve its hygienic facilities and allow the original residents to stay there.

I support the government's heritage revitalisation scheme. Under the project, the structure of Blue House will not be demolished.

This means a high-rise building will not replace Blue House. Air and noise pollution will be minimised.

I believe the scheme will have a positive impact on society. If the government allows Blue House residents to live there after the building is re-developed, its unique character will be maintained.

Besides, the long-time residents will not lose their ties with the community.

Blue House has both Chinese and Western architectural features. Preserving such historical buildings can help our younger generation gain a better understanding of the city's cultural heritage.

For example, schools can arrange their students to visit this historic site and learn more about Hong Kong's past.

Our goal should be to achieve sustainable development and pave the way for a harmonious society.

Mandy Leung Hiu-tung, King Ling College

Taking good care of the elderly

A report released by the Census and Statistics Department shows more elderly people are living alone but their financial situation has improved.

It is very depressing to hear about children abandoning their parents.

Maybe it is true some people cannot cope with the responsibility of looking after their elderly family members.

But I don't think it is an excuse for people to ignore the Chinese tradition of caring for their loved ones who can no longer care for themselves.

An improvement in the financial freedom of the elderly has no meaning without the love and care of their families.

Ella Chan, Leung Shek Chee College

Cherish time

Time flies, especially when you're happy. Time is so precious even money can't buy it. Everyone should cherish every moment and make good use of their time by doing meaningful things.

Starting from today, use your time wisely and don't have any regrets.

Kiki So, Pooi To Middle School

Equal opportunities

I think mentally handicapped students should receive vocational training. They can learn to be independent and gain valuable experience. If they acquire new skills, they can make a contribution to society.

They should go to separate schools with special facilities. Putting them with mainstream students will not help their development.

We should give handicapped students equal opportunities.

Agnes Leung