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Letters

  • Exceptional cardiac care

    Two weeks ago, I had to undergo heart surgery. It is an experience that challenges the courage, will and strength of anyone who has to do it. However, it was this experience that gave me the opportunity to confirm what a remarkable and dedicated...

  • Appreciation of diversity

    Appreciation of diversity

    Reading the article written by Philip Rizzo (January 20) about children and adults with additional needs reminded me of the wonderful years I had spent working in the field. Their loving attitude, their desire to learn, their loyalty, their trust...

  • Killjoy ride

    What a monotonous ride I had to endure earlier this month on a three-hour long Air Malta flight to central Europe. Half-full, the plane flew smoothly towards sunset in eerie silence with most of the passengers lulled to sleep, having nothing...

  • Abolish pardons?

    According to a report in Times of Malta, legal experts have said that if George Farrugia’s presidential pardon is withdrawn by the government, this could complicate matters for the police in the pending cases that they have instituted...

  • Stop the leaks

    Having reached the age of 70, I often have to visit Mater Dei Hospital as an outpatient. Answering the call of nature, I cannot but notice that many of the water cisterns leak. Some leak a little and some leak a lot. I do not know how many toilet...

  • Gozo’s operatic legacy

    The recent splendid performance of Nabucco at the Astra Opera House in Victoria shows how Gozo has developed an irresistible passion for music, fully deserving to be called Malta’s cultural city. The Astra Musical Society deserves praise for an...

  • The spring hunting issue: focus, facts and foreigners

    Come April 11, I will line up to vote against the hunting of game birds over the Maltese islands in spring. I hope, however, that the campaign to achieve this objective will be focused and factual. ‘Focused’ because the aim of the referendum is...

  • Blasphemy laws reform

    I refer to the article about the reform of blasphemy laws (‘Plans for reform of 1930s blasphemy laws’, The Sunday Times of Malta, January 18). It is important to differentiate between blasphemy and obscenity. Blasphemy involves an insult to God...

  • The Paris shootings

    I refer to Fr Joe Borg’s article about the aftermath of the Paris shootings (‘Are all lives equally sacred?’, The Sunday Times of Malta, January 18). I admit the Charlie Hebdo maga­zine is vulgar and intimidating but the point of it all is not...

  • Cultural tourism niches

    There has been much talk about Malta’s upmarket tourism potential. Without entering into the merits of the ‘quality versus quantity’ contention, it is a well-known fact that a number of cultural and religious events take place in the shoulder...

  • Certainly not upmarket at all

    I refer to the article ‘We need quality not numbers – hotel chief’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, December 14), which highlighted the need to attract a better quality of tourist to the island. My immediate reaction to the article was dream on –...

  • Restoration of fountain in Victoria

    Restoration of fountain in Victoria

    I refer to the item ‘Fountain restored’ (Gozo page, The Sunday Times of Malta, January 18). The Wirt Għawdex NGO is to be commended for the sterling work it is undertaking in the restoration of various historic buildings and monuments in Gozo.

  • A link between Gozo and Malta

    The feasibility of a permanent link between Gozo and Malta is being studied. It is therefore relevant to ask how many Gozitans are in favour or against. The referendum on spring hunting may offer an opportunity to obtain a reliable indication at...

  • Destructive force of inequality

    In a recent interview on the BBC, former British prime minister Tony Blair raised an interesting question. What is the relationship between economic growth and democracy, he asked. Blair sees the dearth of economic growth as evidence that...

  • 20,000 islands in great need

    A letter from the far distant isles of the Pacific! I have just received a generous donation from the Mission Fund operating in Malta. This has been a timely help in our mission work in the Pacific. I am a Discalced Carmelite (Tereżjani)...

  • Official is a credit to bank

    I reside permanently in Canada, however, I have ongoing personal banking dealings with the Bank of Valletta. As is bound to happen from time to time, problems arise and snags develop and when they do (since the BOV closed its local branch in ...

  • Still no final Ħondoq report

    Still no final Ħondoq report

    Last March, I wrote a letter asking where the long overdue Development Planning Application Report (DPAR) for Ħondoq was. It is this report, which sums up everything, that is submitted to the Mepa board so they can make their final decision as to...

  • Of pensions and poverty

    Further to Albert Cilia Vincenti’s contribution regarding “glaring injustices to pensioners”, I would like to add my bit. When I retire in a couple of years’ time I will be entitled to the sum of €928 a month, whereas colleagues and friends of...

  • National security

    Joseph Xuereb (January 16) discussed his concerns on how Malta would defend itself in case of an attack, particularly as a result of the instability in Northern Africa. He raises several valid points, particularly that Malta would need outside ...

  • It’s a shame!

    It is disgraceful that garbage bags should be placed on the doorsteps of the poet Dun Karm’s former house, in Old Bakery Street, Valletta. Those responsible should be ashamed of themselves.