Passengers should pay for new runway
The Executive Council has endorsed the building of a third runway at Chek Lap Kok airport. The Airport Authority says they will not rule out imposing a surcharge on passengers to finance this HK$136 billion project. I approve of the idea.
It is common practice for international airports to levy a surcharge on passengers. For example, the United States charges a fee from every passenger to help fund safety and improvement projects at the country's commercial airports.
What's more, I think the levy would be reasonable. The secretary for transport and housing said it may be around HK$100-HK$300. If a few hundred dollars added to air fares can help fund this groundbreaking project, why not?
Finally, the levy is based on the user-pays principle. It will charge the users (passengers) instead of taxpayers.
Ng Sin-ying, SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School
Better to forgive than to stay angry
Have you ever made somebody angry, or have you been angered by somebody else? I truly believe your answer must be 'yes'.
Recently, I played a trick on my friend. I used his mobile phone to send the message 'I love U' to a girl. He was very angry with me. I felt quite sorry afterwards, so I apologised to him.
We all know that if we have done something wrong, we should apologise. However, we always think that after apologising, the person must forgive you. This isn't the case. You apologise because you want the person to forgive you, but he has the right not to do so. If you make mistakes again and again, nobody will forgive you, no matter how much you apologise.
But I believe we should forgive someone who has apologised. Forgiving makes you happy but feeling angry won't give you anything but sadness. Be kind and forgive others.
Alex Ho, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College
There is no short cut to fame or fortune
Nine people were arrested recently for allegedly cheating aspiring models and singers. Being a famous singer or model is the dream of many teenagers nowadays, and they are easily fooled.
Mass media should be blamed for this. Celebrities can be seen on TV shows, and in magazines and newspapers. They have come to represent fashion, beauty and taste. Bombarded by non-stop advertising, youngsters want to be fashionable and attractive like these celebrities.
Teens nowadays have terribly distorted values. They want to become famous only to earn more money. They cannot live without the latest gadgets and trendy clothes, and will do anything to get them.
Some online forums are full of model recruitment adverts. Because of this, teenagers think it is easy to become professional models and singers. They think it is a short cut to success. In their minds, fame equals money. But they are too immature, and in some cases, they are cheated out of their money by tricksters.
Moral education can teach students the value of money. I hope this problem can be solved in the near future.
Sports players must guard their health
On March 17, Bolton Wanderers football player Fabrice Muamba collapsed during the FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham Hotspur.
The match was abandoned and 23-year-old Muamba was taken to the nearby London Chest Hospital, where he has remained since. Bolton team doctor Jonathan Tobin said the player's heart had stopped for 48 minutes before his arrival in hospital and for half an hour afterwards. He's lucky to be alive.
Athletes' bodies must always be kept in good condition. I want to offer some suggestions.
First, players should have a detailed body check every three months and a quick medical test before every match.
Second, sports associations can request that clubs provide a health report of each player before each match.
Last but not least, athletes must have a balanced diet and have a healthy lifestyle.
Nobody wants to see tragedies on the pitch. Some of my suggestions may be difficult to implement, but measures must be taken to ensure athletes' health and safety.
Chan Kin-hei, Christian Alliance S. C. Chan Memorial College