PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 April, 2010, 12:00am

Fingernails are health indicators

I would like to comment on the article 'Nails and the inner you' (Young Post, April, 13). Before I read this article, I didn't know much about fingernails.

I also didn't know that in Western medicine, nails are an indication of health. Now I know that things like dark red dots, yellow nail beds and ridges can mean I'm unwell.

I learned a lot from the article and will pay close attention to my nails from now on.

Jessica Jim Pui-suen, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School

Role models have a crucial job

My school always reminds senior students to act as role models at school. But what does that involve?

I think self-discipline is the most important element of being a role model. Junior students want to do what senior students do.

Therefore, we need to behave well all the time. Punctuality and respect are important, too. We need to be responsible.

We should think deeply before promising to do something. And then we must keep our promises.

This behaviour not only helps junior students, but also ourselves. It is a bit like Newton's Third Law: when you treat others with respect, they will respect you in return.

Vincent Lee, Tak Sun Secondary School

Being green starts with government

It is often said that one person can make a big difference to the environment. If one person can make this huge difference, can you imagine the difference a whole government could make?

The government has already made a good start by making people pay 50 cents for a plastic bag, but there are many more things it can do. It could encourage recycling by paying people a small amount to recycle plastic bottles.

The government could also sponsor Hong Kong green groups. It could also sell more environmentally friendly products as well as locally grown food. By selling locally grown food, the food does not have to be transported as far, decreasing transport pollution.

Food imported from places like New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the United States makes a very long and environmentally unfriendly trip before it reaches our mouths.

Sea transport creates sewage and air pollution, and transport by plane or truck also involves a lot of greenhouse gas pollution.

If China is going to meet the Kyoto Protocol standards, it must make sure that Hong Kong acts now.

Liliane Hulac, German Swiss International School

The wealth gap

I think the poverty gap in Hong Kong is very serious. The rich seem to be getting richer, and the poor seem to be getting poorer.

Poverty is increasing and becoming very serious, but people just seem to think: 'Well, it's none of my business, and I don't have to do anything about it.'

But they're wrong. The poor don't need hard stares and sharp words, they need care and support.

I am not saying that they need financial assistance from the rest of us. I just mean that they need to be supported so that they can hold their heads up and look for jobs.

I hope the poverty gap in HK narrows and the poor can have a better life.

Christie Lee, St Paul's Convent School

Benefits of school

In America, lots of parents home-school their children. But in Hong Kong, that's illegal.

Although I do not want to go to school, if we do not go, we won't learn how to co-operate with other people or make friends. We won't know how to cope with workmates.

We won't learn how to socialise , or gain the confidence we need to get a job. Thus, we may suffer.

Wong Hoi-yi, Pooi To Middle School