Hostels could help working youths
I agree with the proposal that providing hostels for single working youths can boost the motivation of people who live in relatively remote areas like Tin Shui Wai.
But it's true that such measures could increase some youngsters' dependence on government aid.
I believe the issue should be the subject of a public survey.
There's no doubt many young people find it difficult to make a living after they leave school. They face long and expensive journeys to work.
It would be helpful if immediate action was taken to provide more options for working youths.
Wendy Leung Wan-ting, Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School
Housing for poor a major concern
The main focus of Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's final policy address was to tackle growing concerns about Hong Kong's housing problem.
Tsang said 75,000 public rental housing units would be built. According to the chief executive, priority would be given to those who really need assistance.
Last year's collapse of a To Kwa Wan building, in which four people died, highlighted the danger of living in subdivided flats.
Most of these flats have illegal structures which may have contributed to the tragedy.
'Cage homes' also pose a serious danger. But people who live in them cannot afford to move out. They need urgent assistance.
Also, I think Tsang's My Home Purchase Plan can help people buy their own flat.
I really hope these proposals will ease Hong Kong's housing problem.
Yoyo Cheung, Pooi To Middle School
Give a speech people will appreciate
Giving a speech is not easy. Here are some useful tips.
First, you must decide on a topic that will interest your audience.
Second, you need to be well-prepared so that you are comfortable with your topic. You could also jot down a few notes. In addition, you should be ready to make changes if an earlier speaker covered a point that you intended to make.
Finally, arrange your speech in a way so that the audience will understand it easily.
Besides boosting your language skills, public speaking can help enhance your self-esteem and make you a confident person.
Felix Wu, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College
Girl's death puts focus on morality
I am writing in response to the story about a two-year-old girl who died after being run over twice by cars in a street on the mainland.
I very much appreciate the actions of the woman street scavenger who tried to help the little girl.
She probably didn't know much about first aid, so she raised the alarm because the girl needed to be taken to hospital immediately.
More than a dozen passers-by turned a blind eye to the accident. This showed their lack of compassion. The incident made me realise that we should not look down on people who do lowly jobs.
As a Chinese person, I was heartbroken when I read about the tragedy. I don't understand how people can be so cold-blooded. Mainlanders are in desperate need of moral education. The country must learn to treasure its citizens. Then it will be more powerful.
Lilith Ng Lee-fu
Music's great if it's not abused
Nowadays, a lot of teenagers like music, especially songs by Japanese and Korean singers.
Most of my classmates like to listen to Korean songs. I am not one of them though.
They say Korean songs have feel-good melodies and the singers are good-looking.
They also told me that listening to music helps them to relax. I agree, because when I listen to music when I'm tired, I, too, can relax and release the pressure.
But some teenagers spend too much time and money on music. They ignore other important things, won't study and use music to escape from reality.
Young people need to have self-control. If they can do this, listening to music can be a good way to lighten up after a hard day at school.
Wayne Lam, STFA Tam Pak Yu College