Simple politeness costs nothing
I recently saw an old woman pushing a cart which had lots of waste paper on it. She was trying to pass people and was saying, 'excuse me, let me have some space, please' in a weak voice. But the people did not hear her. They just kept talking and joking. They were smiling, but the old lady was sad.
'Excuse me' are two simple words, but they mean something. The person is asking you politely for help. This is not a difficult task. We could stop talking for a while and stand aside to let the lady through.
Once you have done this, the old woman will give you a smile and say 'thank you'.
It takes no time to show others you care about them.
Benny Chan, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College
Solution needed to light problems
Hong Kong is suffering badly from light pollution.
The city is famous for its neon lights, display lighting and building illumination. Many visitors are attracted by the fantastic night view of Victoria Harbour. But overuse of light will not just waste energy, it will also affect our health.
In urban districts such as Mong Kok, people whose flats are near big billboards cannot sleep properly. But as there is no legislation on light pollution, these residents have no department to complain to.
The government needs to introduce legislation to tackle light pollution as soon as possible. It should enact laws restricting the size of neon lights and billboards and the length of time they can be switched on.
It would be nice to see the starlight again.
Renee Wong, STFA Tam Pak Yu College
Anti-trust law may hit small businesses
I do not think the competition bill should be adopted. The purpose of this bill is to stop large enterprises cornering the market, and to protect consumers' rights and interests.
However, large enterprises do not make up the bulk of purchasing activities in Hong Kong; 98 out of 100 enterprises are small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Reports have said the anti-trust law not only openly promotes, but also clearly maintains market competition by regulating anti-competitive conduct by companies.
The ordinance is confusing. It would be easy for SMEs to fall into the law's dragnet. This will undoubtedly lead to an unstable business environment.
Wong Ho-yeung, King Ling College
Abuse helped by lax alcohol laws
Buying alcohol is easier in Hong Kong than in most developed nations. Liquor is sold in convenience stores and supermarkets here.
Even though no one under the age of 18 can legally consume alcohol in restaurants and bars, there is no age limit on the sale of alcoholic beverages in venues with liquor licences. So, the number of cases of teenage alcohol abuse is increasing.
The government needs to take a tougher stance on a growing youth drinking problem. First, it should raise the legal drinking age. Second, it should educate the public about the risks associated with alcohol.
Finally the law should require supermarkets and convenience stores to check customers' IDs before they sell them any alcohol.
Negative ideas stop us feeling Chinese
Most students consider themselves Hongkongers not Chinese, according to a survey conducted by the University of Hong Kong. This is despite the government's efforts to foster a national identity among locals.
I think Hongkongers believe their reputation will suffer if they are identified as Chinese, because there is no freedom expression on the mainland. Beijing does not allow demonstrations and protesters are arrested.
Also, reports about tainted foods have spoiled China's image.
Another issue is the influx of mainland women who come here to give birth. Then there are rich mainlanders who buy flats in Hong Kong, pushing up local property prices.
For these reasons, it is hard to promote a sense of pride towards our motherland, despite its rising international status.
Yuki Chan, Leung Shek Chee College