Lessons to learn from Houston's life
The news of Whitney Houston's death shocked the world. Many guys born in the 1990s, like me, did not realise how popular Houston was at her peak, but had heard her name and her famous song I Will Always Love You.
However, her life was not so happy. She fought drug addiction and had an unhappy marriage. But I think we can learn some lessons from her life.
In particular, you should never take drugs, no matter how anxious or depressed you are - they can turn your life upside down and destroy you.
Also, we should choose our partners carefully. Houston's husband, Bobby Brown, had many bad habits and she was influenced by him.
We have to be careful before starting a relationship. We should stand up for our values, and maybe that way, we can help our partners get back on the right path.
Matthew Mak, Christian Alliance S. C. Chan Memorial College
'Primary chickens' need to grow up
I agree with the recent reports about the behaviour of Hong Kong's children. They are often immature and childish.
The term 'primary chickens' has been coined to describe these overdependent children. They are rude, use bad language and do not show respect to others.
In my opinion, the main reason they are like this is because they are used to always getting what they want. So, when they have problems, they are impatient; they only know how to ask for things from their parents. They are not resilient.
I am really concerned about these 'primary chickens'. If they keep behaving like this, it will have a bad impact on the future of our society. They need to work out the basic things they need for their lives and treasure them.
Doctor sets an example for us all
I am writing in response to the article 'A keen eye for charity' (Young Post, January 26). Dr Joyce Samoutou-Wong helps poor people in Africa. I believe most readers would find this inspiring. She has not only helped restore their sight, but also saved their lives and given them hope.
What I appreciate most is that the hospital set up by Dr Wong and her husband receives no regular financial support from any organisation.
'We may be crazy, but it is crazier if having seen the need, we do not try to do something about it when we know that we can make a difference,' said Dr Wong.
Maybe we should all ask ourselves if we have done anything to help people in need.
Jennifer Leung Wing-yan, Leung Shek Chee College
Take time to see the good things in life
Appreciating the simple things in life appears to have become a lost art. Time flies and people work harder in order to improve their lives and not lose out to the competition. Sometimes we are too busy to see the beauty in everyday things.
Whatever it is we are aiming for, we will lose out if we don't take notice of real-life issues like love.
It is important to show our love for others. Just giving some praise is enough to make a person happier for the whole day.
Some people are too concerned about others and regularly point out their mistakes, rather than focusing on their good points.
Everyone has different views. We should learn to appreciate other people's opinions.
Dewy Au Heung-yi, Po Leung Kuk Mrs Ma Kam Ming-Cheung Fook Sien College
Only children can end up lonely
I don't agree with the mainland's one-child policy, although some say a lower population will ensure there are more resources to nurture children.
Perhaps the most apparent disadvantage of being an only child is the feeling of loneliness; there's no sibling to play with and share your thoughts and memories with.
When your parents are no longer around, not having a sibling to talk about things or look up to for any kind of help can be quite a disadvantage.
Also, when your parents get older, you will have to take care of them on your own, which might be overwhelming.
Lam Wing-tung, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School