Mainlanders need freedom of speech
In Hong Kong, we can express our feelings in many ways. Police and our government seldom interfere with our right to free speech. But on the mainland, the situation is very different.
Mainlanders don't have so much freedom of speech. They have to mind their words whenever they express anger or opinions about the government, or they may be sent to jail.
Does the central government really care about its citizens? If it does, why has it stopped their right to speak out?
If some voices arise in society, it means the government has done something bad or wrong. So it should take steps to correct this.
We hear about corruption or unethical events on the mainland, such as people being arrested for expressing their opinions. But officials mostly remain silent on these issues.
Janet Ching Hoi-man, Pooi To Middle School
Study scheme gives poor an opportunity
I am writing to advocate the study tour scheme proposed by the Community Care Fund.
With this scheme, study tours are no longer the privilege of well-off students. Poorer students can also take part in a foreign trip.
Some claim the government should not offer free trips to worse-off students because they should work hard and save money. Otherwise, they will not treasure the trip, they say. But the truth is that, no matter how hard their parents work, their salaries are barely enough to feed their families, let alone paying for children to go on an overseas trip.
I hope more people can show their love and care for the poor and support the scheme.
Stella Li Man
Giving blood gives others the gift of life
The Hong Kong Red Cross blood transfusion service receives about 200,000 packs of blood per year.
Blood donation can bring a lot of benefits to people. One pack of blood could save the lives of three to four people.
However, lots of people have a misconception about blood donation. They think it will make them weak, but this is not true.
In my opinion, donating blood regularly is our duty. If we have a healthy body, we should lend a helping hand to people who need blood transfusions.
Kay Chak Hoi-yan, Kit Sam Lam Bing Yim Secondary School
We must persuade nurses to stay
In recent years, a lot of nurses have left public hospitals for various reasons.
They often have to care for as many as 24 patients while working the overnight shift. This ratio is way above the international standard of one nurse to six patients.
This, in turn, may increase the turnover of nurses in public hospitals because no one will want such a heavy workload. This will mean the standard of medical treatment will decline.
Some patients will be neglected because nurses cannot give their full attention to them.
I suggest the government put more resources into medical treatment, and employ more nurses.
It also should encourage people to become nurses. This may help ease the shortage of nurses in public hospitals.
Natalie Wong Hoi-yi
Pessimists should learn from past
I think that optimism and pessimism are all about our dreams.
I firmly believe that most of us have a dream, regardless of our age, gender, race and so on.
Both pessimists and optimists have dreams, but react in different ways.
Many pessimists have tried to pursue their dreams only to be disappointed. The harder they work, the more distant they feel from their dreams. Consequently they become unhappy and give up.
Optimists don't always succeed either, but they just don't give in. They believe in themselves. They believe that eventually they can reach their destinations.
Their failures serve as the fuel they need when striving towards their dreams and that is why they keep working.
Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past. It is your own choice.
Herry Yiu, Shatin Tsung Tsin Secondary School