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  1. I refer to your report “Ad showing woman avoid sexual assault by using make-up remover withdrawn after it causes outrage online” (January 12). The ad featured a woman walking down a street and being followed by a masked man. To scare off the would-be assailant, the woman pulled out a cleansing wipe to remove her make-up. After the ad was panned by netizens, the company withdrew it and issued apologies.After reading the report and watching the ad, I was disappointed for us women. After decades…
  2. I am writing in response to “Why you need to be flexible to dine out during the pandemic” (January 8)The coronavirus pandemic, which has continued for over a year, has transformed our lives. Under the new normal, “opportunistic eating”, or eating outside the usual meal times, is now more common.To control the spread of Covid-19, the government has mandated that only two people are allowed to dine together per table in restaurants, and that these establishments must remain shut between 6pm and…
  3. Freedom of speech and the right to project your views are in the spotlight in the United States after Twitter banned US President Donald Trump from its platform. I hold no brief for Trump, but the ban is an act of political censorship by stealth.There is no context in which freedom of speech constitutes an absolute right to say anything at all. Nevertheless, our willingness to extend the right to people we disagree with is at the heart of freedom of speech.US abolitionist Frederick Douglass…
  4. We refer to the letter “Why spend billions on the moon and Mars when millions are suffering on Earth?” (December 10) and agree with your correspondents that governments should better inform the public about Mars missions. Yet, it is also clear that space missions have stimulated scientific and engineering breakthroughs that can address problems facing mankind and inspire younger generations. The international community will benefit enormously if the United States and China can collaborate on…
  5. I am writing to express my opinion on “Hong Kong fourth wave: survey finds under 40 per cent willing to take coronavirus jab” (January 12). Here’s why I am not keen on receiving the vaccination soon.First of all, we do not know what all the side effects of the vaccines are. It is true that children are vaccinated routinely in Hong Kong, even at birth. Vaccination is a normal way to protect ourselves.However, there are cases in which people are better off not being vaccinated, when the risk is…
  6. I am writing in response to “Signal messaging app sees meteoric rise in daily installs as people look for WhatsApp alternatives” (January 12). Recently, there has been a steep increase in the number of users installing the messaging app Signal.With WhatsApp’s announcement that its new privacy terms reserve the right to share some user data with its parent Facebook, many social media users and influencers, especially in Hong Kong, have encouraged each other to move to Signal. About 810,000 users…
  7. The pomp and ceremony of January 20 when Joe Biden is inaugurated as president of the United States may be the prelude to some turbulent years. Four years after US President Donald Trump and his family trooped into the White House, the social changes have been enormous.As Trump’s daughter Ivanka put it: “Washington has not changed Donald Trump, Donald Trump has changed Washington”. Having garnered 74 million votes, Trump has changed the US’ political contours and could form a political party to…
  8. During the past four years, the United States has been laid bare by the petulant, ranting rabble-rouser who has flagrantly abused the office he was elected to, pardoned convicted murderers and sycophants, and trampled on the constitution with dictatorial impunity.The Capitol riot exemplified the vitriol that US President Donald Trump symbolises, as the foundations of American democracy were audaciously shredded by a man with no honour.Trump will go down in American history as the country’s most…
  9. Recently there has been a lot of talk over whether to migrate from Facebook and WhatsApp to other applications (“Amid worldwide concerns over WhatsApp’s new privacy terms, there’s one question facing users: to switch, or not to switch?” January 14). It is an important issue because it involves practically all internet users in Hong Kong.From all I hear, the younger generation is most ready to switch. Young people have plenty of reasons for this readiness: some are afraid their previous…
  10. In her letter “In the US, a day of violence united the people: not so in Hong Kong” (January 12), Ms Lily Lee of New Jersey drew some dubious conclusions about the relative state of politics in Hong Kong and the United States in the wake of attacks in Washington and Hong Kong on their respective legislatures.She asserted that it will be easier for the US than Hong Kong to move beyond these dark events because in the US, the country has been “galvanised”. Well, yes.In the wake of the storming of…