History can never be forgotten
I am writing in response to the article 'Lessons from our darkest era' (Young Post, October 14). I think many people nowadays have little idea about the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during the second world war.
A lot of local youngsters are very interested in Japanese cartoons and films but they don't want to learn about the city's past.
In my opinion, we need to know more about the history of China and Hong Kong. The Japanese committed some terrible crimes, and although that 'dark era' is long gone, we should never forget it.
Through the study of history, we can learn more about our Chinese identity and enhance our sense of belonging to the country.
Vince Cheung, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School
Music is the best medicine
I think music, not laughter, is the best medicine. Whether it is pop, electronic, country or rock, music makes you feel good about yourself and life in general.
If you are upset, you will feel a lot better after you listen to some music. And if you are happy, music will make you so much happier and more relaxed.
Music helps cure all my ills, and it has given me the strength to face problems bravely.
Have you ever heard a song that made you cry? I think Believe, by Taiwanese band Sodagreen, is one such track. I really love this song because it gives me hope and courage.
Music means a lot to me. What about you? Do you have a favourite song?
Karena Chow, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College
Local filmgoers lack self-discipline
We go to the cinema to relax and enjoy a movie. So it is very annoying when there are disturbances, like the ringing of a mobile phone.
We are asked to switch off our cell phones when we enter the cinema. But some people ignore this request. I get very angry when a phone rings during a tense moment in a film. These people simply don't care about others. This attitude should not be tolerated.
It is disappointing that Hongkongers have such low self-discipline.
Kily Lai Ka-man, STFA Tam Pak Yu College
Say no to land reclamation plan
I am writing in response to the article 'Land reclamation outside harbour put on agenda' (South China Morning Post, August 3). The shortage of land is a big problem in Hong Kong.
The government has suggested resuming reclamation outside Victoria Harbour to increase the land supply for flats. Possible sites for reclamation include Tsing Yi and coastal areas along Tolo Harbour, officials said.
There are several reasons why I disagree with the proposal.
Many people cannot afford to buy a flat these days. So building new housing estates is not a solution. There could be empty flats in the end.
Besides, reclamation will destroy the habitats of many marine species, and other plants and animals. Some possible reclamation sites could be the winter home of endangered birds like egrets and black-faced spoonbill.
With new developments, Hong Kong's pollution problems will increase.
Hong Kong is considered a wonderful city not only because of its skyscrapers and high standard of living. It has a beautiful countryside and an amazing variety of plants and wildlife. We should treasure them.
I hope the government will scrap its reclamation plans.
Howard Tsang Hau-wing, CCC Heep Woh College
Games a winner for Hong Kong
Hong Kong is bidding to host the 2023 Asian Games. Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing said this was a good opportunity to develop a strong sporting culture in Hong Kong.
I believe Hong Kong would benefit immensely from the Games. There would be a boost to the economy, with new infrastructure projects creating jobs for Hongkongers. Besides, tourists would flock to Hong Kong hoping to watch the top-class sporting action.
It's a win-win situation for the city.
Cosmo Ho, Wah Yan College