Do you think Discovery Bay has a problem with its teens?
I refer to the report, 'Discovery Bay drug reports spur patrols' (July 16). We read it with concern as it has portrayed Discovery Bay as an unsafe place for youngsters. It remains an extremely safe community, and the actions of isolated individuals do not detract from this.
According to information provided by the police in mid-June, there have been 16 criminal cases and 20 cases of bicycle theft in the past 18 months in Discovery Bay. A survey commissioned by our company last year also found one of the primary reasons residents chose to live in Discovery Bay is because they considered the community safe and secure.
We recognise that misbehaviour committed by youngsters is not a problem unique to Discovery Bay but we are not turning a blind eye. We are working closely with all parties concerned, including the police, schools, parents and community groups, to address the issue. We have very close communication and co-operation with the police and regular dialogue with schools. We also continue to work with parents and relevant community groups within this close-knit community to promote civil education and a responsible and healthy lifestyle.
We believe that while law enforcement is critical to ensuring security and order, education and guidance remain the keys to tackling the misbehaviour of youngsters.
We pledge to join hands with all concerned to make Discovery Bay a better and even safer place to live, and a community that fosters the development of responsible young adults.
Douglas Louden, general manager, DB service delivery, Hong Kong Resort Company Limited
Are penalties for driving offences heavy enough?
I would like to comment on the sentiments expressed by Peter Wei (Talkback, July 14) that the reduction in the tax on alcohol this year has led to an increase in drink-driving cases.
In his budget speech on February 28, the financial secretary announced an immediate reduction in the duty rate on beer and other types of liquor. But there has been no evidence that this reduction has led to any increase in drink-related traffic accidents. Police statistics indicate that the number of accidents caused by drink-drivers in the second quarter of this year decreased 20 per cent compared to the first quarter and 7.7 per cent year on year. Obviously, these statistics do not support Mr Wei's suggestion.
Wendy Choi Wong Fung-yee,
for the commissioner of police
What do you think of pay-TV services?
I refer to Eurosport's reply (July 19) to my letter (July 16), regarding coverage of the Tour de France.
I was in Britain for the first few days of the race and coverage was available on Eurosport and ITV, companies that I am pretty sure are competitors. However, I could watch both (and did). Therefore the organisers of the Tour de France have sold the TV rights in Britain to competing companies, both available to anyone with satellite or digital services. In fact, the UK public is given the choice of alternative coverage for most major sporting events.
So Arjan Hoekstra of Eurosport Asia is correct - I don't understand how TV rights are distributed. Incidentally, I have looked into switching back to Cable TV from Now, but where I live in South Lantau, Cable is not available.
Peter Millward, Lantau
How can animal blood donations be encouraged?
Animals are not much different from humans when it comes to some forms of treatment.
There are times when animals are ill that they too will need blood transfusions, so donations from people's pets are important. But you rarely see adverts or posters promoting animal blood donations.
Advertisements on TV, the internet and on the MTR would be good ways to help the public realise the importance of these kinds of blood donations.
Wong Yee-ho, Kwun Tong