Funeral industry needs a home, too
In recent years, there have been more and more protests from Hung Hom residents, concerning the area's flourishing funeral industry. There are already many shops related to this industry in Hung Hom, like coffin shops. Residents think that this is unfair.
While I understand the funeral industry may cause mental discomfort to some, we must ask ourselves, who can be free from death? The answer is obvious. Therefore, it is necessary for funeral parlours and other funeral-related shops to provide services for the convenience of the people.
The businesses all try to reduce any disturbance to residents, so why can't the residents accept their existence?
The funeral industry is just like other business. I don't understand why people think it is wrong.
Cheng Yeuk-ki, Hoi Ping Chamber of Commerce Secondary School
Old exam format a fairer test for all
The first HKDSE examination will be held next year together with the last A-Level examination. I am a Form Six student, and many people say I am unlucky since I have to sit for two public exams. But I see it otherwise.
Under the new system, students have three years to get ready for the examination instead of two. But the old system was sometimes better because it allowed students to know what subjects were unsuitable for them. We had to study various subjects at the same time, and found out which we were best at. After taking the first public exam, we could skip subjects that were not practical for us and concentrate on those we were really interested in.
I don't think the old system should be replaced.
It's the mainlanders' turn to buy up big
During the mainland's official Golden Week holiday, we often see more tourists than locals in Hong Kong malls. For mainlanders, the holiday is a golden opportunity for them to come here to shop, to dine and to enjoy their free time.
Golden Week is also a chance for them to carry 'gold' to Hong Kong and buy a 'gold house', which might be a luxury to many locals.
We sometimes perceive this influx of money as contributing to runaway property prices. But a few years ago it was the reverse situation. People in Hong Kong loved to go to the mainland and buy villas.
We might not feel happy about the current situation, but that's just life. Things change. Today you might be the boss. Tomorrow, you might not be.
Li lok-yin, STFA Tam Pak Yu College
Singer proves teens can work hard
The older generation sometimes likes to define teens as lazy. They think they are living and growing up in a rich society and don't know how to solve problems. While I have to admit that some teens are lazy, I think the older people tend to look at everyone the same way.
In fact, many teens work hard. For example, Gem Tang, a young Hong Kong singer, is a good example. She has been singing since 2008 when she was just 17 years old. She works very hard on her career. She writes all her own songs. She does not say she is too tired and cannot do the job. This year, she is going to have her first concert at the Hong Kong Coliseum, which is the goal of every local singer.
Every different generation has its own merits. We should respect and be fair to everyone. It will help our society to improve.
Stephanie Li Sui-fong, Leung Shek Chee College
Take heed of your family's feelings
Have you ever thought about your family's opinions before you make decisions? They care about you whenever you have difficulties. They are always there to stand up for you. They will never desert you when you need help from them.
There are three other people in my family - my parents and a younger sister. I love being with them. I love having family days with them. I can still remember, when I was in Primary Three, I hurt my leg when we were cycling. I fell down on the ground and my family ran towards me as fast as they could. It is a precious memory.
Some of my friends argue with their parents about minor problems. I would like to advise them: never bite the hand that feeds you.
Lee Sin-man, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College