I’m not talking about this first one, which is typical of the nonsense that the South China Morning Post publishes daily in their Letters to the Editor space.
Light curfew will endanger people’s lives
It has come to my attention that some environmental groups are calling for a light curfew – all lights off after 11pm. I strongly oppose this.
First and foremost, imposing a light curfew, regrettable but true, will affect the image of Hong Kong as an international city.
The reason why is not hard to comprehend. Hong Kong is an international finance centre, which means there are a lot of financial activities. Many people are still working after 11pm, or even later. There will be terrible consequences if the light curfew is imposed.
The city is also famous for its beautiful views at night. All year round, tourists come to the Peak and Victoria Harbour to take in the stunning, lit-up skyline. Nobody wants to visit a pitch-black harbour.
Last but definitely not least, the light curfew poses safety problems.
Drug dealers, prostitutes and gangs are very active at night.
When the lights are turned off, how can citizens or the police see what these shady groups are up to? Tourists and citizens will not be fully alert to the dangers around them.
Just let our prosperous city flourish and shine as it always has.
Angie Tsang Yeung-tsz, Sha Tin
The above is typical of what the SCMP publishes. Letters from people protesting things that they have no understanding of. The SCMP then relies on other letter writers to do their fact checking for them, because of course the last thing a newspaper should be concerned with is whether or not the things it publishes are factually accurate or not. But today there’s a letter responding to the above that I hereby nominate as The Best Letter The SCMP Has Ever Published.
Light touch illuminates the dark side
I truly enjoyed Angela Tsang’s humour (“Light curfew will endanger people’s lives”, April 8).
Her combination of anachronisms and subtle wit must have lifted your readers’ spirits at a time when our government seeks to make these dark economic times a little darker.
I hope to see more of Ms Tsang’s carefully crafted irony in future as she tackles other important Hong Kong issues. Letters such as this justify your continued use of pulp and ink in this modern paperless age.
Margaret Silverstine, Lantau
Margaret Silverstine is my Hero Of The Day.