PUBLISHED : Saturday, 05 February, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 February, 2011, 12:00am

Take the time to recycle everything

People often do not care which bin they throw their rubbish into. Maybe they feel they don't have time, or they just do not care about the planet, even though she is suffering.

I was one of those who did not recycle. But my attitude changed after what I saw last week.

I was with my family, we saw a guy with a bag of plastic cups and bottles in one hand and a bag of paper in the other. He went to the recycling bins and patiently placed each type of rubbish in the right recycling bin. We were fascinated.

Recycling is very important. If each person did their part, we could make our home a better place.

Nigel Chiang Chun-wing, St Paul's Co-educational College

Be selfless

The other day, I accidentally did an experiment on Hong Kong people's behaviour towards others. It made me more disappointed than I had ever been in my life.

I was meeting a friend at the MTR station at 12.30. We were going to our guitar lesson, so I was struggling with my heavy guitar. It made me go more slowly, so I arrived 10 minutes late. My friend is always on time, but I couldn't see her due to the crowds.

I took out my mobile phone to call her - but it wasn't working.

I approached a secondary school student and asked if I could use her phone. She looked at me as I were a robber, and immediately said no. She looked so scared.

I then asked a woman in her 40s if I could borrow her phone. Again, I was rejected. Desperately, I tried my own phone again, but it didn't work.

The woman saw how frustrated I was and, surprisingly, let me use her phone after all. I called my friend and eventually we met up.

The government is always promoting public awareness of strangers. We are told not to lend them anything or help them. We are being told to live in our own little world and never help others. Yes, they are trying to reduce crime, but not everyone is a criminal. Strangers are sometimes friends we haven't made yet.

Kimberly Lu Yu-lin

Reflect on meaning of family this week

Now the Lunar New Year has begun, we are reminded of the importance of spending time with our families.

Parents and even children lead very busy lives. This means they have little time to spend together. They begin to drift apart. The situation becomes worse every day, and it can be very harmful in the long run.

The Lunar New Year is a good time for families to reunite and spend time together. Most importantly, they can feel the benefits of being a member of a loving family, supporting each other through adversity and sharing each other's joy in the coming year.

Jerry Wong, Hang Seng School of Commerce

Better training essential for helpers

There are many Shenzhen homemaking schools where domestic helpers are trained to Hong Kong standards. The training includes etiquette, Chinese and Western cooking and basic medical care for children.

But many Hongkongers complain that their helpers from the mainland are unprofessional. There are even reports of them taking money, or leaving without giving notice.

The government should allocate more resources to training domestic helpers. If the homemaking schools provided more professional courses, they would be better trained, and Hong Kong families would be more likely to employ them.

Christy Wong

Harmony helps with good grades

Academic results are of course important. But while students focus on getting good grades, most students neglect an important part of school life: classroom harmony.

There will always be people who are reluctant to join class activities, such as inter-school competitions, inter-class singing contests or barbecues. I am not saying this behaviour is unacceptable. After all, we need to respect people's decisions. But it does lead to a serious problem - reduced unity.

I am sure this is not a rare problem in other schools. If everyone in all schools refused to participate, you could guarantee every school would have an unhappy study environment and a lot of arguments. If students are happy, they will work better and achieve better grades.

Tse Lai-him, STFA Tam Pak Yu College