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Letters

  • Hands off Air Malta

    Over the years, one of the greatest maladies of Air Malta has been gross over-staffing. In fact, the Alitalia plan envisages a severe trimming of the workforce. It also envisages the hiving off of significant Air Malta departments, including...

  • Money for nothing

    How odd, the Prime Minister earns €58,511 per annum, a minister earns €45,329, a parliamentary secretary earns €43,269 and an MP earns €20,604. However, one particular Labour MP earns €65,285, which is a lot more than the Prime Minister...

  • The morning-after pill: truth be told

    I refer to the article ‘Truth about morning-after pill’, by Margaret Spiteri, a consultant gynaecologist (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 21). What a relief: at last a person from the field of science explains in plain words the truth about the...

  • Residents in hell

    What are the disadvantages when a terraced house makes way for a block of apartments, besides reducing sunlight and sometimes even country or sea views, to surrounding buildings? Sliema and most other places in Malta are having to put up with the...

  • The meaning of ‘Madras’

    Recently I watched a very interesting and excellent movie entitled The Man Who Knew Infinity. The film was about the life of the Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanuja, a native of Madras, a state in India which is today called...

  • Thank you from Brazil

    I wish to express my thanks to the Mission Fund for the donation they sent me recently. The money will be spent on the purchase of medicines for elderly Jesuits and in-house maintenance. Readers can contribute by sending donations to help Maltese...

  • Sliema’s MPs and Townsquare

    Sliema’s MPs and Townsquare

    The following MPs received the highest number of votes on the 10th electoral district (which includes Sliema) at the 2013 general elections: George Pullicino, Robert Arrigo and Francis Zammit Dimech for the Nationalist Party, and Manwel Mallia,...

  • The nemesis of ambition

    Malta’s hotel entrepreneurs and construction developers are never satisfied with their achievements. As soon as they finish one project, they start planning more projects in Malta or abroad. The developers make sure that the next project is more...

  • High-rise emergency

    Regarding the Townsquare 38 floor building, would it be pertinent to enquire if the Malta Fire Brigade and the Civil Protection Department were at all consulted for their opinion to make sure that in a case of a fire or emergency they could cope...

  • Financing of Fawlty Towers

    Following the go-ahead from the Planning Authority for the building of high-rise towers in Malta, the next item on the drawing-board is to discuss the financing of these large projects. The main banks have their hands tied in many ways and there...

  • Free speech under threat

    So PBS has axed Times Talk – no surprise there, since it has now become evident that PBS has become a branch of One TV. However, I think that unless PBS does some quick thinking, they will find out that their loss in revenue from advertising is...

  • Medical visas probe

    ■ Reference is made to the report ‘No need to change way medical visas are issued’ (August 25). The article is nothing but a misquoted representation of facts. First and foremost, the headline in quotation marks is a complete invention of the...

  • Bus shelter is still damaged

    Bus shelter is still damaged

    Last February, someone crashed into a bus shelter in Triq Katerina Vitale, Santa Luċija and the result can be clearly seen in the photo. Now we are in August, six months after it was badly damaged and it remains an eyesore – reminding us of how...

  • Chinese influence

    In an article in The Daily Telegraph (August 16), the respected former defence secretary and recently retired chairman of the House of Commons’ Intelligence and Security Committee, Malcolm Rifkind, commented on concerns expressed over involvement...

  • Yes to high rise, no to over rise

    How refreshing to read Tom Lipiett’s article on high rise (August 19). I think his middle of the road compromise can be summarised in four main principles which should be applied to all high rise speculation. The developer must own a tract of land...

  • A gap too wide

    Despite a series of corruption allegations and other unchecked abuses, Joseph Muscat’s administration is poised for yet another triumph at the polls come 2018. Serious mistakes and deteriorating environmental policies aside, it looks like the...

  • Ear-splitting experience

    Recently, we residents of Sliema, in particular those residing at the Strand, had to endure an ear-splitting experience during the feast of our Lady of Stella Maris, on August 21. Fireworks started being let off from Wednesday prior to the feast...

  • Rescue bid

    Could not the two leading Maltese entrepreneurs, the Gasan and Tumas groups, take over the ailing Air Malta and run it commercially? They should succeed and, at the same time, redeem their reputation.

  • Shipshape

    Shipshape

    Four of us crossed over to Gozo the other day. We were shocked at the dirt of the door leading to the cafeteria’s verandah and the verandah’s floor. Again we were shocked when we boarded the ferry and went out on deck. The floor was really filthy.

  • Defeatist response

    The leader ‘Boycott the cause, not the symptom’ (August 23) was symptomatic of the defeatist response which has marked Maltese reactions to the destruction of, in this newspaper’s own words, Malta’s “social landscape, its social fabric, the...