A positive attitude makes a difference
Everyone has different experiences. Some are successful, while some fail. Some are always happy, while some are often sad. All this depends on their attitude to life.
Attitude can also greatly affect learning efficiency. A good attitude can help people learn quickly as they will try new ways to solve problems. But those with a bad attitude will find learning more difficult and often do not try their best.
People facing the same situation often react differently. For instance, if an optimist fails an exam, it will drive them to work harder and pass it the next time. Their concerns on this matter won't last long. But pessimistic students may think failure proves they are useless and can never get good results again. They may lose confidence which could even affect their future.
We can't control things that happen in our lives, but we can control our own attitude. So, now is the time to start developing a positive attitude.
Cherry Wong, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College
Government needs to encourage art
Hong Kong is sometimes called a cultural desert. This could be why artistic productions are not very popular. There are only a few places for organisations to put on shows or dramas. Also, the government does not promote these productions. Although we will have the West Kowloon Cultural District, there are fears this project will concentrate on more established productions. If people cannot learn about different forms of art and artistic productions, they will never be popular.
I think the government should put more effort into art, especially our own culture. A national culture is a very special and important thing for every country.
Vivian Lam, STFA Tam Pak Yu College
Hygiene laws must fight bad practices
The recent hepatitis C cases caused by poor health practices in a clinic in Guangdong highlight a need to improve medical hygiene standards.
I think the government should enact laws enforcing a ban on reusing syringes and making sterilisation of all used instruments compulsory.
Those ignoring the rules should be fined on an increasing scale if they reoffended. Finally, they should be sent to jail.
A hygiene-monitoring group needs to be set up to supervise the enforcement of these laws.
The government should also educate the public on the importance of being hygienic through talks and as a compulsory topic in moral education classes.
Treat domestic helpers more fairly
In a developed country like Hong Kong, I thought that everyone was covered by the law. However, domestic workers are not. Unlike in other countries, they have no fixed working hours. It means employers can demand that they be on duty 24 hours per day. This is unacceptable.
The International Labour Organisation, which is part of the United Nations, has adopted a recommendation on working hours and suggests member countries should follow the rules.
I totally agree with this recommendation. Everyone knows that excessive work is harmful to health and it can affect people's work efficiency. If workers are tired, they may have accidents or even die.
I would like to see the government introduce legislation in line with the ILO's recommendation as soon as possible in order to protect domestic workers.
Lui Sheung-yin, King Ling College
Modest Lin can teach us humility
It is hard to get away from talk about Jeremy Lin, the amazing American-Chinese NBA basketball player.
In two weeks, he has become famous. However, he has not become arrogant. When he gave a speech, he behaved very well.
He has been called a legend and his name has already been used to create many words such as 'Linpossible', 'Linsanity' and 'Linmazing', which I think match him well.
I hope we can learn from this legend. Learn to be modest although you did a great job and learn to be honest if you get it wrong. Also, I hope Lin will succeed in his basketball career.
Tony Lui Tung-tsun