PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 January, 2012, 12:00am


Paying for waste disposal would work

The government's idea of charging people for the waste they produce is a great one. If people have to buy special bags for their rubbish, those that dispose more will pay more.

This seems to be a fair system, as people will have to take responsibility for their own waste. It should also help the underprivileged; they produce less waste, so will not pay as much.

The scheme might also act as an impetus for people to reduce their waste to save money. This will, in turn, lower the pressure on landfills.

Yet there could be a downside to this scheme. People might throw their rubbish into bins on the street to save buying bags, thus defeating the aim of the scheme.

Even though it will cause inconvenience, this scheme can reduce waste and I hope we see it in action as soon as possible.

Charmy Lau Cheuk-man, King Ling College

Don't worry too much about exams

This year we're seeing the last of the A-level examinations and the first Diploma of Secondary Education exam. This has got many students worried, but I don't think they should be nervous.

What are they actually frightened about? Getting poor grades? Don't candidates sitting any exam have the same worries?

Some students sitting the last A-levels are worried about failing, as they cannot retake the exams. But no one wants to sit exams again. They should not be so pessimistic. They are not the only ones taking exams; thousands of other students are sitting them, too. Remember, when it comes to exams the only thing to do is try your best.

Chan Sing-leong, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

Animals deserve our thoughts, too

Historically humans have always killed animals for their hides and fur to make clothes to keep warm. This has caused the extinction of some priceless species.

Today many materials can replace animal fur and it is not necessary to kill animals, but some people still poach endangered species to make expensive leather goods and valuable fur products.

As people become more materialistic, fur products and leather goods are seen as symbols of luxury and wealth. As a result, innocent animals are dying.

We should listen to animal rights groups and not buy fur. We should be aware that by supporting this industry, we are all inadvertently adding to the destruction of our beautiful planet and its creatures.

Kelsey Chan, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Action needed to prevent bus deaths

There have been several stories about mainland school bus crashes.

In November, 19 kindergarten children died in a road accident in Gansu province and last month, a 52-seat bus - overloaded with 87 passengers - overturned killing 15children in Jiangsu province.

I think these buses were overloaded because the schools did not have enough money to hire more buses for students, or poor parents could not afford to pay more for safer transport. If this continues there will be more accidents.

The government should increase its support for schools so they can rent more and better buses. This should reduce accidents.

In addition, the government should strengthen the supervision and control of buses. If a school bus is overloaded, the driver should be punished and fined.

Natalie Wong Hoi-yi, Pooi To Middle School

Let's all live our lives to the fullest

Everyone knows there are only 24hours in a day; we need to make choices on how to spend our time to get the most satisfaction. If we choose to play, we cannot sleep at the same time. Something has to go.

In the business world, people say 'time is money'. People spend a lot of time at work in order to earn more. But, while they may get richer, they may also miss out on time with their children and friends.

Since their working hours are so long, their health may also suffer.

It is difficult to find the right balance, but it is worth trying.

I think the most important thing is to enjoy our life and be grateful for what we have. We must learn to treasure our families, friends and our health.

Poon Chun-ka, Maryknoll Fathers' School