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PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 March, 2012, 12:00am

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Let's give mainland drivers a chance

The cross-border driving scheme started on March 1. Many people opposed this scheme, claiming that it will lead to more car accidents and will make air pollution worse. However, aren't we just stereotyping all things from the mainland? I can't deny that more cars coming to Hong Kong will affect our air quality, but will 50 extra cars per day have a serious effect?

Moreover, in the week since the scheme has been carried out, there has been no news about it. No news is good news. I believe that after practice, drivers from Guangzhou will get used to Hong Kong.

While we are worrying about problems which may not happen, there are lots of economic benefits to Hong Kong.

The scheme is no doubt doing more good than harm. So why don't we give it a try?

Lilian Chung Ka-long, Pooi To Middle School

Go for a run and

help cancer patients

Peter was an active and healthy teenager. However, last year, his weight dropped dramatically. He was found to have stomach cancer. He lost his cheerful smile. Luckily, thanks to research conducted with the help of the Hong Kong Cancer Fund, doctors found a way to treat his disease successfully.

Not all cancer patients have such a happy ending. But there are ways we can help them. There is a charity event - a 20km run - which we can take part in.

The funds raised by the event will support the research of the HK Cancer Fund, so it can continue its mission of finding the causes of cancer.

Another reason to run is to improve your health. Nowadays, more and more people lack exercise. Adults have to work late, and students have too much homework. Most people sit in front of their computers or televisions. Such lifestyles increase the chances of getting cancer.

The charity run is held each November. With your support, I believe there will be more lucky survivors like Peter.

Chris Wong, Po Leung Kuk Ma Kam Ming College

We must grow up to handle pressure

Some youngsters hurt themselves because they are under pressure.

I think adolescents are not mature enough to handle tough situations. Most of them have been spoilt by their parents. They have never had a sense of independence. They are weak when facing setbacks and feel ashamed when facing criticism.

Therefore, parents must encourage their children to be more self-reliant. This will boost their self-esteem. Otherwise, they will never be able to cope with difficulties.

Alvin Lee, Lions College

More self-discipline is needed on MTR

I am concerned about Hongkongers' impolite behaviour on the MTR. Passengers always line up in front of the train doors and run straight in when they are opened. This is very inconvenient for passengers who want to get off the train.

Also, many locals eat on the MTR, despite signs warning people not to do so.

Sometimes, both parents and children can be seen eating on the train.

We complain about mainlanders' poor behaviour, but I don't think we have the right to criticise others.

Yan Mei-ching, King Ling College

Choice of clothes can lead to bullying

In primary school, I asked my parents why I needed to wear a school uniform. They simply said uniforms save time. It was not until secondary school that I understood why uniforms are important: they save us trouble.

When I turned 12, I started to pay more attention to the way I dress, spending more time and money on clothes than I did before. You might say people have a right to choose their own clothing. But what if your peers judge you for what you 'feel'?

People sometimes dress in certain ways to be accepted, or to look good for others. The key point here is that the outfit is mostly just for show.

But what if your choice of clothing attracts the wrong kind of attention, leading to bullying or discrimination? These attacks from peers can make you think twice about which stores you shop in.

As a result, I don't think casual dresses should be allowed in school.

Kristie A. Chan, International Christian School