Proposals that didn't make the headlines ... Children spoilt for choice on special day of thanks A special day should be set aside for children to give thanks to their parents, friends and society, CPPCC delegate Chen Wanzhi suggests. 'Most Chinese kids are single children who are spoiled and selfish,' he said. 'They only know how to take and receive, but don't really know how to ... contribute to their family and society.' Medical modernists stick in delegate's throat CPPCC delegate Wang Xudong says misguided modernisation of the traditional Chinese medicine sector will only 'murder' it. 'Traditional Chinese medicine should be regarded as a type of 'state political culture', to be protected by special laws and strategies,' he said. 'China hasn't taken the initiative to protect patent rights to its traditional medicines and this will allow ... know-how to be used by foreign companies without paying.' housing policy leaves needy out in the cold The government should stop building homes for low-income families in cities, a CPPCC delegate from Xian says, and provide direct rental assistance instead. 'The housing idea was designed to help the needy, but the favourable housing policy has been manipulated by property developers,' Fu Jide said. Army training to put graduates on right path University graduates should spend a year in the army before embarking on their careers, an NPC delegate from the armed police in Chongqing believes. 'A year of military service would enhance the quality of graduates and better allow the army to meet the demands of the future,' Lu Jiancheng said.