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Letters of the week

The letters page of the SCMP is a wondrous thing.  If you ever wanted proof that the SCMP is a local paper with delusions of grandeur, you can find it here.

First two letters on the same subject from Thursday’s paper.  Was this, perhaps, a school project?

Be wary of online auctions

More people are now purchasing products on the internet.  They use websites like Yahoo Auctions, eBay and Taobao to bid for items.  These sites are especially popular with teenagers.

However, individuals have to take care when buying on the internet, especially if they have arranged to meet the person from whom they are purchasing the item.

They are meeting a stranger and should not go unaccompanied.

Enough already, please stop.  But no, there’s another one on the same subject:

Broadening horizons

People have to take care when using the internet.

They often upload personal information when registering a website account. They have to think about what information they will release as they could put themselves at personal risk. Often, the information they do disclose has no firewall protection.

However, although the internet does have its drawbacks, you can benefit from it if you do take care.

How can information have “firewall protection”?   Next please.  Oh good, another letter about the ESF:

Time to lift freeze on ESF subvention

I could not agree more with those who have been urging the government to end the freeze on its subvention to the English Schools Foundation.

If Hong Kong is to become an educational hub, support for ESF pupils must be demonstrated by the administration. If we are to maintain our superiority in terms of languages over other places in the region, an affordable English-language education must be available for children.

I believe many senior officials agree with me, and yet they want the subvention freeze to remain in place. They tell disappointed ESF parents that this is not an appropriate time to review this policy.

Except that the government has announced that it will start discussions with the ESF about the subvention.  So presumably they do think it’s an appropriate time.

Wouldn’t it be kinder for the letters editor to spike these stupid letters?  Or would that leave a big white space?


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