PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 January, 2011, 12:00am

Poisoning dogs is unacceptable

I am writing to express my outrage at the fatal poisonings of stray dogs.

Cold-blooded people have been poisoning dogs to get rid of strays.

According to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, around 200 dogs have fallen victim to roadside poisonings.

Dogs have long been regarded as our best friends and they deserve better treatment. It's unacceptable to poison them just because we might find them annoying.

It is true that if left unchecked, dog populations could quickly reach high levels. Dogs might attack people and create an unhygienic environment. The government can solve this problem by controlling stray populations through desexing.

Dog owners should also be considerate and make sure their animals aren't a nuisance to others.

We must work together to save our best friends.

Dennis Ho, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School

Adults should sign on to Facebook

Facebook brings lots of benefits to teenagers. I'm not saying this because I'm a teenager or a Facebook user, but because I truly think Facebook helps teens.

The site allows teens to stay in touch with old friends and meet new ones. They can also share photos, videos and even feelings and ideas.

I think rather than complain about it, parents and schools should make good use of Facebook. Most teenagers have Facebook accounts, so I think every teacher and parent should have one, too. Adults can explore the site to learn more about their students or children.

Teens are often unwilling to share their feelings or express their views with adults. On Facebook, many of them open up.

Teens might also think more positively of their parents and teachers if they, too, were using Facebook.

Wong Hei-ting, Carmel Bunnan Tong Memorial Secondary School

Let's put swear words in the bin

Nowadays we can hear many young people using foul language.

I think many teens learn such behaviour from their parents and friends. If we want to stop youngsters from using foul language, we should lead by example and not use such language ourselves.

If people stop regarding the use of foul language as 'cool', they will stop using it.

Annie Ng, CNEC Christian College

Don't squeeze out our parks

Several construction companies are starting new projects near country parks like Tai Long Sai Wan and Pak Lap.

Green groups are opposed to this as it will hurt the environment.

First, biodiversity will decline as animals and plants lose their habitats. Our natural environment is precious and we need to preserve it for future generations.

Building on land near country parks is not necessary. The reason construction companies have chosen such sites is that they want their projects to have a better view. This will increase their properties' value.

We need to listen to our conscience and avoid harming our environment for financial gain.

Nature is invaluable. Once we have destroyed it, we will not be able to get it back. Let's join forces to save what's left of it.

Yeung Pui-lam, Pooi To Middle School

Let him go to school

According to a news report, a student of primary school age was prevented by his parents from going to school.

The parents stressed they would hire a tutor to home-school the boy, but I think they have violated their son's rights.

In my opinion, children should be taught in school, not alone at home. Learning in school helps us not only gain knowledge, but also develop important social skills.

Going to school can be fun. You can make friends, learn new things and experiment with your interests. These things make life more colourful.

If you are home-schooled, you miss out on a lot of great activities and memorable moments. Our school years are some of the best in our lives.

I hope the boy's parents will reconsider their decision and let him go back to school. They should have his best interests at heart.

Becky Cheung