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Letters

  • Pigeon filth is spreading in Sliema

    Who is responsible for public cleanliness? Is it the local council or the central government? Because here in Sliema we now have an infestation between Dingli Street and St John Bosco Street on either side of the Salesian Theatre. The pavements...

  • Ships in Grand Harbour, 1969

    Ships in Grand Harbour, 1969

    I thank the Times of Malta for the gift of photographs from their archives. The second in the series, the view of the Grand Harbour, was taken in October 1969 and shows the Dutch cruiser De Ruyter on buoys in the foreground and HMS Eagle being...

  • Politicians’ spurious libel suits

    Thank you for letting us know that politicians are the most vexatious litigants regarding criminal libel suits in Malta. Politicians should enter their profession as advocates of their constituents and champion their right to free speech. They...

  • National Bank decisions

    With reference to Peter Apap Bologna’s letter ‘Potential high cost of National Bank case’ (August 21), I would like to clarify a few points. On October 14, 2014 the Constitutional Court of Malta presided by Mr Justice Tonio Mallia, Mr...

  • Pets treated well on ferries

    I have been working in Sicily for some eight years. Thanks to Virtu Ferries not only do I get to see my family on a regular basis, travelling in comfort without the slightest hassle, but also I enjoy my pet dogs wherever I am. Bobby has now...

  • Online comments

    The editorial ‘Guidelines on use of social media’ was undoubtedly timely and succinct. We are indeed living in a time and age when most people check their emails and social media pages first thing in the morning and repeatedly throughout the...

  • Right way to lay porfido paving

    Right way to lay porfido paving

    The paving works that are nearing completion at Castille Square in Valletta are being done in the correct way that paving by porfido slabs should be done. The use of porfido as paving material was started by the Valletta Rehabilitation Project in...

  • No fair warning

    A letter by Malcolm Briffa, on surcharges for the over 60s (August 13), has just come to my notice. My experience with Melita has been an utter disappoitment. I am in possession of the Karta Anzjan and have been a subscriber with Melita for quite...

  • Internet tax

    I wonder how much profit GO has made this summer from requiring us to pay an additional €5 each time we top up with a mobile data bundle. The cost of a bundle comes out of our post-tax top-up balance. The minimum top-up denomination is €5, meaning...

  • Graves at St John’s are sacred

    The St John’s Cathedral Foundation President Philip Farrugia Randon regaled us with a rather patronising and very contradictory letter about the latest project (August 15). First he states that the remains of the knights who died in the Great...

  • Security for BOV Electrogas loan

    Security for BOV Electrogas loan

    “The agreement is the security.” This is what the Minister of Finance said during a press conference when asked what security Bank of Valletta (BOV) will hold when the government withdraws its temporary guarantee after the agreement is signed. The...

  • Local TV on a Sunday

    Flipping through our local TV stations on a Sunday evening, time and time again I can’t help noticing the mediocrity of the shows they’re feeding people; it’s all so downright lame. First I watched L-Oskur, which features a bunch of supposedly...

  • Slummy Sliema

    In recent letters to the editor, Lino Briguglio and others compared Sliema to a bazaar. I would go further and say that if the Sliema local council does not take control of the situation it will turn into a slum or a second Paceville! Trading...

  • Bishop’s healing pastoral letter (1)

    Bishop’s healing pastoral letter (1)

    The recent pastoral letter, issued on the occasion of the feast of the Assumption by Gozo Bishop Mario Grech, entitled Balm of Mercy for the Family, was soaked in God’s mercy. As Bishop Grech rightly wrote: “God’s mercy... is at the heart of...

  • Bishop’s healing pastoral letter (2)

    In his pastoral letter on the occasion of the feast of the Assumption, Mgr Mario Grech said, among other things: “Some of the pastors, like Basil of Caesarea, received back in the fold also those who, when they had abjured their baptism,...

  • Public officials’ utter silence

    The mayor of St Paul’s Bay has been criticised for what a corres-pondent (August 13) claims to be her “utter silence and inertia” as a result of her not replying to his email to her of July 17. I agree that all correspondence should, initially, be...

  • When ‘€5’ gets you less

    GO’s corporate Facebook page states that they are offering 1Gb of mobile data for the price of €5. This is, unfortunately, not true as topping up €5 gives you €4.81 in ‘credit euros’ which are not enough to pay for the 1Gb of mobile data. It is...

  • Two burning issues

    The ordinary magisterium of the Catholic Church teaches that contraception goes against Natural Law. While responsible parenthood is good, not all the means used to attain it are morally lawful. Contraceptives are intrinsically evil. “Legitimate...

  • Still waiting for resident card

    I became a Maltese citizen in October 2014. I arrived in Malta from Australia on March 2015 for a six-month stay. I applied for a visa on April 16, 2015 and was told I would receive my resident card within one month. Five months later, after...

  • Reason for Great Siege

    Was the Great Siege of 1565 against the Christians or against the Order of St John? The order had been expelled from everywhere that it had occupied. Before coming to Malta, against the will of the Maltese, there had been booted out of Rhodes and...

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