Be kind to thy 'neighbour'
I hope you treat your classmates well. Some students make fun of their 'neighbours' - those sitting next to them - which can cause ill-feeling in class. For example, they laugh at their classmates in front of others, play humiliating tricks on them and even 'steal' their stationery.
Maybe the victims could forgive their tormentors whose actions do not cause any physical injuries. According to a well-known Chinese proverb, it is prudent for us to have less friends than more enemies. This indicates we should build up a harmonious relationship with others.
If students respect each other, there won't be any problems. I hope you will be kind to your classmates all the time.
Kevin Lee, Ju Ching Chu Secondary School (Kwai Chung)
Froyo offers a healthy alternative
Froyos, or frozen yoghurts, offer a wider choice for Hong Kong's dessert lovers. Froyo shops have sprung up across the city, and this smooth delicacy comes in many flavours.
Customers can add a wide range of toppings to their froyos, like juicy fruit chunks, cereal, fudge and chocolate.
Hongkongers' tastes are changing constantly, so yogurt shops promote different flavours to attract customers. The yoghurt shop near my home even offered pumpkin and corn flavours to celebrate Halloween.
Froyo is more expensive than ice cream, but many people prefer it because it is healthier.
We should also not forget that the fading bubble tea fad spurred the rise of froyo.
I am convinced that froyo, a low-fat snack, will become a favourite among youngsters soon. It is a healthier alternative to ice cream.
Chau Kit-ying, Our Lady of the Rosary College
Fighting both poverty and waste
I am writing in response to the article 'Cooking for the poor' which appeared in Young Post.
Kelvin Cheung Ling-hon set up FoodCycle, a youth-led charity, in Britain two years ago. He wanted to serve low-cost, nutritious meals to people who could not afford a healthy diet.
Cheung, a graduate with a master's degree in development studies from the University of London, was determined to make a difference in his community.
He works with his team and university volunteers to cook for the poor every Sunday, using food dumped by stores, farmers and supermarkets.
I appreciate what Cheung and his team are doing. In school, most of us are taught to care about the poor but few of us take action.
It is good to use discarded food because it reduces wastage.
According to a recycling group, shops in Britain waste 1.4 million tonnes of fresh food each year.
Food wastage in Hong Kong is also very serious. The city's shops, restaurants and households throw away tonnes of fresh food every day. This is such a pity because millions of people around the world don't have enough to eat.
Both restaurants and residents should act immediately to stop food wastage.
Restaurants can reduce the size of their meals, while customers can ask for less food.
We can even follow Cheung's example. Local green groups can collect discarded food from shops and restaurants and give to the poor. Maybe they could ask the government to fund the campaign.
By reducing food wastage, we, too, can make a difference to our community.
'Yes' to incinerator
Some Cheung Chau residents have protested to the government about plans to build a waste incinerator at Shek Kwu Chau.
I support this proposal because the city's landfills are nearing capacity. It has nothing to do with the incinerator being far away from my home.
This waste treatment facility will be built on an artificial island, about three kilometres away from Cheung Chau. And pollution from this proposed plant will be negligible, according to officials.
I wish everyone would support this plan to save the environment. People should think about Hong Kong, not just their own welfare.
Janice Lo, Pooi To Middle School