Volunteer and make this a better world
You will find that life is meaningful and valuable when you see the smiles on the faces of people you have helped.
There are many volunteers all over the world, but it is still not enough.
People around the world are suffering from war, famine and sickness. And many children are hungry for education. Imagine you are a 10-year-old child in a poor country desperately in need of help?
As an affluent society, Hong Kong people are able to donate money to the poor as well as undertake voluntary work to help them.
But most of my friends do not like to do voluntary work.
They say they are better off preparing for the public exam, or playing computer games to relax.
I do not agree. I believe that people all around the world should be responsible for helping each other.
Act now. Tell your teachers you want to be a volunteer and make your life meaningful.
Paparazzi paint the wrong picture
Film stars and celebrities have the right to live like normal people. But the increasing intrusion of the paparazzi into their lives is making the problem worse.
These photographers take pictures of stars when they are at home and then make up stories.
Sometimes, they also take some photos when the artists are dressing. To protect their privacy, the stars have to draw the curtains in their homes.
As an entertainment magazine reader, I really do not want to know more about the private lives of artists.
I think they need their privacy. Their job, of course, is to entertain us, but when they are at home that means they are resting and they no longer are there to entertain us.
Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College
From newspaper reports, it seems that the new polymer HK$10 notes are quite good.
Experience in countries that have introduced such notes suggests that they are cleaner and more durable.
Also, their security features are good and this couldn't have come at a more suitable time with the recent increase in fake banknotes.
I think the government should introduce more features to help blind people in future when they issue new banknotes.
Maryknoll Fathers' School
Simple and short technique is the best
Simple English is the best. Many students think they're good at English because they use a lot of difficult words and phrases.
English is an international language of communication. For me, a person who is good at English can express their ideas clearly with simple words and short sentences.
The excessive use of difficult words and phrases is particularly serious in Hong Kong.
Many students like to look up the dictionary to find special words to use, which sometimes even the teacher does not know the meaning of.
This is a waste of time.
It has nothing to do with good English.
Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School
Urgent action needed to curb violence
The increasing teenage violence in Hong Kong requires an urgent solution.
The use of violence may lead to a loss of friendship because your friends might find you intolerable.
Many teenagers act violently mainly because they think that they are strong enough to fight, or they just like to do it for fun.
Another reason could be that they watch too many violent TV programmes or indulge themselves in violent computer games.
They might think that this is all very interesting and that that treating people violently makes them heroes.
Also, triad societies recruit members from secondary schools and make them engage in violent activities.
One solution would be for parents and teachers to inform social workers if they find teenagers beginning to behave violently.
Young people can be very impulsive and can easily resort to fighting.
They should talk to social workers and not bottle up their anger and feelings.
The police should also keep an eye on the influence of triads in schools.
Mother gambled on daughter's future
I would like to comment on the case of the 16-year-old girl who last month visited Macau's Sands casino with her family and hit the jackpot.
I don't think gambling is a good activity, especially teenagers.
They should not go to casinos and their parents should stop them going to these places.
It was irresponsible of the girl's mother to bring her to the casino.
Such acts might give young people a wrong concept of gambling.
Teenagers might think it is a quick and easy way to make money and there's no need to study or work.
Such thinking might lead them astray.
Although the girl was under 18, the security people at the casino did not stop her from entering.
If you let people enter your casino, you are obliged to pay the winner.
If a 16-year-old person lost money in your casino, would you give them back the money? Certainly not.
I think it was reasonable for the casino to pay the winning sum to the girl's mother.
Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College
Green drive needs everyone's support
I absolutely support a green group's call on the public to switch off their lights for five minutes recently.
The action was in support of a campaign aimed at cutting down greenhouse gases and reducing global warming.
Such activities can help reduce global warming because they can make people more aware of the problem.
Human activities produce a lot of carbon dioxide and I think we should be more concerned about this problem. We all live on the same planet.
Some people are not aware of the fact that humans are to blame for global warming.
They need to change their attitude.
Space is not a race
The mainland is on track to put a Chinese astronaut on the moon before the United States returns to Earth's satellite.
The Americans were the first to put a man on the moon in 1969.
The US wants to be the leader in space exploration. I'm afraid that this will lead to a cold war again in future.
It's all right to explore space for more resources or to improve our standard of living, but countries should not be competing with one another in space exploration.
The US, China and other nations should co-operate and make useful discoveries. For example, we could look for planets where humans can live.