Old value of harmony still valid
Harmony is one of the main concepts in Confucianism and I think it is still the best way to deal with various problems.
When we work in a team, co-operation is essential. This requires a common strategy, but there may still be arguments. Harmony is needed to cool things down, so people can make decisions wisely.
Harmony is crucial since it includes the spirit of forgiveness. Without harmony, people would take revenge or blame others for their mistakes.
Some teens might consider Chinese traditional values outdated. But if they disappear, it will be a sad end to our civilisation.
Shum Yu-hei, Shau Kei Wan East Government Secondary School
Training better than law for disabled
Many workers with physical or mental disabilities lost their jobs when the minimum wage became law. But I don't think the government should introduce legislation requiring employers to hire those with disabilities.
Small- to medium-sized firms already struggling to survive might be forced to close and this will put pressure on the economy.
I think education is better than legislation. The government should provide more retraining programmes designed for the disabled. This would help ease the problem, but not by forcing them to take menial jobs. With adequate training, most disabled people could play a constructive role in our city's economic progress.
Ian Lai, SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School
Caverns offer clean space alternative
Government representatives and professional and academic bodies have talked enthusiastically about the benefits of reclamation. They seem to ignore the other options put forward by the public. Have they never explored ideas such as rock-cavern development?
It is an innovative way to build something underground, and Finland has proved it is workable. In Hong Kong, 64 per cent of land area had been proved suitable for rock-cavern development. This would greatly increase our land area and cause no pollution.
I think the government should listen to the public. If it wants citizens to believe in it, communication between both sides is important.
Lui Sheung-yin, King Ling College
Public suffers from no-phone phobia
What would you do if you left home without your mobile phone?
Most people would go back to pick it up. Our mobiles are part of our lives and we feel we cannot do without them. British researchers have given a name to this syndrome - 'Nomophobia'.
A survey by the British Post Office showed that 53 per cent of respondents felt nervous, sick and often broke out in a cold sweat when they could not use their phone for some reason. The survey also showed that keeping in contact with family and friends was the reason most people gave for not leaving home without a mobile. And 55 per cent said they worried if they couldn't contact other people.
Nearly everyone has at least one mobile today. And they are used not only for contacting others, but as an entertainment tool or even a mini-computer.
In time, mobile phones may have even more functions. I think we should learn how to use them properly, so we can enjoy using the hi-tech products without causing us any mental or physical problems.
Chan Chun-wai, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College
Violence damages healthy growth
Almost every day, there are newspaper reports about different forms of domestic violence.
Yet in addition to causing physical harm and psychological damage, domestic violence has far-reaching implications for children.
A healthy life does not only mean being physically sound. Spiritual and social aspects of health are also important. For example, children who are abused will often suffer insomnia, nightmares and low self-esteem.
They may isolate themselves, and even resist contact with adults. When they grow up, they may have a tendency to abuse others and not fit into society.
Therefore, we should stop domestic violence now.