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Letters

  • PN just wants a bailout

    The leader of the Opposition insists on creating storms in a tea cup. One of his latest is his call for the PL to just hand back those eight properties rented to PL committees. Simon Busuttil has even gone so far as to threaten to take the PL to...

  • Far from the noise of the crowd

    Especially in view of what the Church in Malta has been experiencing during the last months, next Sunday’s Solemnity of Christ the King should help believers ponder deeper the ‘regal’ power of Jesus as a power of love which knows how to draw...

  • Locksmiths need to be regulated

    In Malta locksmiths (key cutters) are not registered in any way and this means that any-body can trade as a locksmith without a licence irrespective of their competence, background or motive. With today’s wave of thefts it is about time that...

  • Pushback ban encourages migration

    Pushback ban encourages migration

    In conformity with international law, the European Union does not allow pushbacks, thus encouraging immigrants to risk their lives during their perilous crossing to the Northern Mediterranean shores. This is tantamount to sending a suicidal note...

  • The truth about the karabazza

    The truth about the karabazza

    In her stupendous publication Musical Instruments of the Maltese Islands (Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, 2014), Anna Borg Cardona reported that a man from Xewkija, known as Il-Ganajx, in 1994 made an instrument called karabazza after imitating an...

  • Unfair social housing rent

    Landlords who receive rents on their housing property at the minimum rate established by law (0.54c daily) and after having received a pittance in rent for so many years prior to the amendment (2010) of the Civil Code Chap.16, are now going to be...

  • Trampling on environment

    Although one must give credit to the government for running a healthy economy and lowering the number of unemployed, which are two important aspects of good administration, one cannot but feel sad at the way it is treating our...

  • Gozo diocese

    Who stands to gain if Gozo is no longer considered as a separate diocese? To be more specific, which church or parish will become the leading administration centre of that island? Could it be that ancient pique is fomenting certain actions...

  • ‘Dig’ at Pope

    Many like me, I believe, are tired of reading the diatribe offered per-iodically by Joseph Zammit (November 15). His recent contribution, however, cannot pass without proper comment. His fundamentalist crusades during the divorce referendum...

  • Aircraft carriers

    Aircraft carriers belonging to European navies include the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth and the Prince of Wales that will replace the Invincible, the Ark Royal and the Illustrious. The Royal Navy maintains an independent role, aggressively...

  • Two ends of a continuum

    The employment legislation is now becoming a crucial issue as Jean Claude Juncker’s goal is to get everyone employed and productive. Yet, the liberty given to employers who are not bound to provide reasons for dismissal may give rise to...

  • The plague at Xagħra

    The plague at Xagħra

    A few days ago, I finally finished reading a publication entitled A Peste, Fame e Bello Libera Nos Dommine, written by Aaron Attard-Hili to commemorate the plague that hit Xagħra in Gozo 200 years ago. Apart from Attard-Hili, there are many other...

  • Toilet at the cemetery

    Having just attended a funeral Mass at the Addolorata Cemetery’s main chapel, I was disgusted to find the toilet beneath the church in an awful state: crumbling stone steps on the old spiral staircase with iron bannisters coming off the...

  • Beggars on the Strand

    I hereby make particular reference to the Strand, between Gżira and Sliema. As far as I know, begging for money on the streets of Malta was always unacceptable, and rightly so, but of recent it is no longer an uncommon sight. May the...

  • A model politician

    Whoever, like me, enjoyed reading Lino Spiteri’s articles in Times of Malta and The Sunday Times of Malta will be missing him greatly. It was sad news to hear that he passed away. Last Friday, Malta lost a perfect gentleman. Spiteri will not only...

  • What I want for Christmas...

    Christmas is fast approaching with all its love and glory! Apart from peace, happiness and goodwill to all mankind, I want to wake up on Christmas morning like I did as a little boy... I would like to smell the sweet pine needles of the...

  • Oh for decent bus drivers

    I am writing in the hope that someone, high up in the management of the bus service, reads this letter, which refers to a lot of the drivers that are in employment at the present time. It seems to me there are no rules and regulations for...

  • The right to criticise

    I would like to bring it to the attention of Vicky Hampton and 19 others (‘Hands off our parish priest’, November 11) that one has the right, no matter which town one comes from, to criticise the performance of a parish priest, just as...

  • The remains of a formal garden

    The remains of a formal garden

    This picture speaks a thousand words. Why has this happened? Old survey sheets show that this was the entrance to one of Santa Venera’s most extensive formal gardens, possibly dating to the late 18th century. Why hasn’t at least the gate been...

  • Holy icon is debased

    Recent events in local clerical circles have sent shock waves that stunned the people of these islands. Undoubtedly, our religion is at the crossroads, this time round buffeted not by outward malignant forces or political influences but, rather,...

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