PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 May, 2011, 12:00am


Pet ownership calls for responsibility

News recently of yet another puppy raid, where 44 dogs were rescued, has led to renewed debate about illegally selling dogs online.

Personally, I disagree with buying pets online.

Think how you would feel if you were an innocent puppy, being treated like a ball thrown around and going to people who may not know how to care for you.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department reminds us to 'think twice before you buy a pet' and of the responsibilities of owning a pet.

However, the new generation seems to have forgotten this and we hear more and more news about irresponsible owners who don't respect their pets.

We shouldn't bully pets just because we are physically bigger than them, so be responsible and prepare to be a good pet owner.

Jasmine Leung, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School

Privacy protection of data is essential

Recently, a USB containing personal information about more than 6,000 students was stolen from a university clerk. The worker had ignored rules about removing private information from the office, which were there to protect student privacy.

People should try their best to protect others' privacy, not just because it is their duty, but because it is everyone's responsibility. If personal information is leaked, a person's identity may be stolen and used in illicit activities.

Also, clerks can protect data by measures such as encryption. If this data had been better protected, the information would not have been at such a risk.

Cheung Ka-kin

Celebrating Mothers' Day

Have you decided how to celebrate Mothers' Day on Sunday? I remember I always made cards or small presents for my mother. And she was very happy when she received them. Her smile was very beautiful.

However, I haven't done things like that since I became a secondary school student. I actually haven't done anything or even said 'thank you' to mum over the past few years. Now I regret that.

To make up for what I haven't done, I have decided to make a card and buy flowers for her this year. And most importantly, I'm going to give her a big hug and say: 'Thank you' and 'I love you, mum!'

So, what are you going to do to thank your mother?

Yu Hoi-ying, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

Ideas are not enough for good debates

I am writing in response to Jack Lee's letter 'Ideas speak louder than grammar' (Young Post, April 13). I disagree with the writer. I have also joined in debates and there are some basic rules we need to follow.

I do agree that ideas must be the most important thing in debating, but that doesn't mean we can ignore our pronunciation and the way we deliver our arguments.

Debating is all about how we argue and put forward our point of view, so why shouldn't English debates put emphasis on language skills? Also, if it is a debate in English, then obviously the judges will consider many different things, including our ideas, delivery and pronunciation.

Yes, ideas do speak louder than grammar, but if they are the only thing that is important, then why can't we just have one team debating in English and the other in Chinese?

Gurprit Kaur, Delia Memorial School (Hip Wo)

Grandparents can't have son's child

I was quite surprised to read an article about parents who wanted to use their dead son's sperm to produce a grandchild. While I have a lot of sympathy for the parents, I think it is a ridiculous idea. I think their intention is not to fulfil their dead son's wish to continue the family line, but to place their life and hopes on the grandchild.

Obviously, this move should not be recommended. To deal with this problem, they should be brave and face up to the death of their son. They need to find something else to occupy their lives, such as pastimes.

I hope that these parents can continue to enjoy their life in spite of the death of their son. Nothing is more crucial than living in the moment.

Virginia Lau Wai-yiu, Kit Sam Lam Bing Yim Secondary School