PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 November, 2009, 12:00am

Iron out glitches for ultimate benefits

Computers are essential in daily life. They are used for forecasting the weather, at banks, schools and at home. They are possibly the greatest invention around today, and have made our lives a lot simpler.

The government is trying to promote electronic textbooks. But this decision has stirred a lot of debate.

Using electronic textbooks not only helps the environment by reducing the number of trees that are cut down, but also improves children's physical well-being by reducing the number of books they have to carry.

What's more, electronic textbooks have videos and sound effects. These can help students learn in a more efficient, enjoyable way.

But there are some disadvantages. If someone spends too much time looking at a computer screen, their eyesight can deteriorate, so it is important to take regular breaks.

While there are concerns about using electronic textbooks, I think the advantages may one day outweigh the disadvantages.

Mandy Fu, Sha Tin Tsung Tsin Secondary School

Learning from past mistakes

There is a lot we can learn from studying history, in addition to academic advantages.

Perhaps the most important lessons are about war. There have been many wars, and they bring people nothing but pain.

Wars are caused by people's lack of satisfaction. No matter what they have, they want more. So they go to war to achieve their purpose.

They don't think about what will happen during and after the war. Thousands of families are broken apart. Soldiers are critically injured. Buildings are destroyed, soil is damaged so food cannot be produced. The unemployment rate goes up and people feel hopeless.

Although leaders may believe wars bring about desired results, I think they need to learn from the errors of their predecessors.

The mistakes of war reminds us of the importance of being selfless and considerate.

Leung Wun-ki

The truth about a fruity idiom

The idiom 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away' is well known, and it's also quite accurate.

Apples are one of the best known fruits. They contain all sorts of nutrients, including rich nutrition, such as fibre, vitamin C, various B vitamins and potassium.

Some studies suggest they may help prevent cancer and heart disease, and lower cholesterol.

What's more, they're low in fat and very few people are allergic to them.

They're a perfect, quick, healthy and tasty snack, so grab an apple today.

Yeung Chi-lok, POCA Wong Siu Ching Secondary School

Some news is just for two people

When some pop stars recently revealed they had married, only a few of their fans congratulated them. Many were disappointed and angry that their idols had not announced it.

But if these fans put themselves in the stars' shoes, most of them would have done the same.

Celebrities are followed everywhere by paparazzi. If they want a good reputation, they have to be kind and polite at all times, and agree to all interviews.

Paparazzi also try to get photos of the insides of celebrities' homes so the public can find out how these stars sleep, what they eat and who they hang out with. They have no privacy. It's as if the public owns them.

This is depressing. Everyone is entitled to their secrets. It's amazing these pop stars were able to conceal the truth for so long, but it was their right to do so.

Love is between two people, and marriage is something those two people decide on. We shouldn't meddle if people want to keep it private.

Poon Ka-sin, Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College