PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 October, 2009, 12:00am

We should be proud of our heritage

I was very proud as I watched the wonderful celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. The military parade and the pageantry held at Tiananmen Square in Beijing were very impressive.

Hong Kong was a British colony for many years, and most Hongkongers are very westernised. Although Hong Kong was returned to China more than 10 years ago, many people don't like to acknowledge their Chinese identity.

But we are Chinese. We should be proud of that fact and celebrate our country.

Alma Lai

Electric cars pose a few problems

The Hong Kong government is going to buy at least 10 Mitsubishi electric vehicles called iMiEV. Each will cost about HK$490,000, which includes repairs and maintenance.

The cars will be tested by a government department. If they are impressed, the government will buy some more.

But the problem is, we don't know enough about these cars.

I suggest the government invite specialists who can teach the relevant people how to use and repair them.

Although electric cars reduce air pollution, I am worried about other problems, like electrical and road accidents.

Finally there is the issue of money. If electric cars are cheaper than normal cars, people may be convinced to buy them. But if they are more expensive, people will stick to regular cars.

Reducing air pollution is very important.

It would be a shame if we couldn't use the electric cars properly to make a difference to the environment.

Wong Yu-lam, Shun Lee Catholic Secondary School

Hongkongers should be employed

Hong Kong people are known for being very hard-working. They often work late at the office, and truly believe time is money - the harder and longer they work, they better off they and their company will be.

Hongkongers are particularly hard-working compared to those in many other countries.

For example, employees in Britain can take sick leave for several days if they're feeling a little depressed.

They don't need a doctor's note. But in Hong Kong, most people need a doctor's certificate to prove they are unwell, and may only take one day.

Employers in Hong Kong should remember how hard-working locals are before bringing people in from overseas.

Every Hongkonger deserves to have a job and contribute to society.

Wong Sin-yi, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

An unusual sport with many benefits

When I was in Form Three, I attended an archery class. At first, it was just something to do to fill my free time.

But I soon found I really enjoyed it and it became my favourite sport.

There are three main reasons why I enjoy it. First, I want to be physically stronger. Archery is a great way to train my muscles.

Second, I want to develop a skill that isn't very common. Although archery is becoming more popular, not many schools offer classes.

Finally, and most importantly, I want my secondary school life to be fulfilling. I don't want these seven years to be spent doing nothing but studying.

Archery has many benefits. It is a good workout and increases your stamina. It also enhances your ability to focus and stay calm in stressful situations.

I have also learned a lot from being on the archery team. I understand the importance of team spirit, but I am also more independent, as nobody else can help me shoot my arrows. I've also made a lot of friends.

I hope whichever university I go to has an archery club. I can't imagine giving up the sport.

Chan Lok-sze, STFA Tam Pak Yu College