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Letters

  • The lustre is gone

    Brexit is a precipitous political move that might topple Great Britain to Britain. The British Isles had been sliding down since the mighty days of the British Empire. Malta, with its Grand Harbour, the excellent drydocks and naval base of the...

  • Rebalancing traffic laws

    Rebalancing traffic laws

    While cars are often seen as an indicator of economic growth, traffic casualties have risen by 60 per cent in Malta since 2005 (NSO, 2017). Hardly an indicator of a safe society, yet indicative of how acceptable the elevated risks of our rushed,...

  • No way out

    On March 19, I happened to be at Ta’ Ġieżu church, in Rabat. I have no particular enthusiasm for Maltese feasts but I have no cause to despise them either. I think that, like most village feasts, the one in honour of St Joseph in Rabat has its own...

  • Four years of firsts

    The banner behind Parliamentary Secretary Roderick Galdes at a press conference he held recently read “Four years of firsts”. Let’s go through some of the many ‘firsts’. The first-time ever in Maltese political history that a serving minister set...

  • Schools for all

    I declare that I am in full agreement that: All schools, including Church schools, must be an open door for humanity; All schools, including Church schools, must respect the religious freedom of everyone; and All schools, including Church schools,...

  • Security cameras

    The mystery surrounding what really occurred on a special night at the Gozo Ministry a couple of years ago manifests in a crystal clear way that this ministry should have been equipped, as many public places are, by special security cameras. Many...

  • A building to preserve

    A building to preserve

    The former Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy School at 104, Rudolph Street, Sliema was closed some years ago and this scheduled building, which was constructed in the 1880s, is now in a dilapidated state. When are the authorities going to take care...

  • Political investigations

    Many readers must surely remember one of the greatest criminal investigations of all time involving political parties, politicians and business people – Mani Pulite or Tangentopoli – in the 1990s in nearby Italy. Italian magistrates, led by...

  • Beware North Korea

    North Korea is again on the warpath. Kim Jong-un is steadily asserting himself as the centre of all authority, as his grandfather did. He is unbelievably running the ambitious nuclear weapons programme personally, cutting out the usual chain of...

  • The full truth

    The marks on the holy shroud of Turin need to be correlated with face marks on the linen cloth of Oviedo, Spain, for a full result of the evidence we have at hand to solve the puzzle of the nature of Jesus Christ’s marks and wounds: whether they...

  • Dwejra tower painting

    Dwejra tower painting

    In the feature on the Azure Window (March 18), this newspaper published a photograph of a watercolour painting showing the Dwejra tower, done in 1824. This was taken by a contributor from the watercolour in my collection but no acknowledgement was...

  • Special certificate

    A special documentation was issued by the headmaster’s office at the Victoria Lyceum on April 3, 1967. It was signed by the headmaster, Lawrence A. Farrugia. It is special because my brother, Mario, who had a paralysed right hand, was accepted for...

  • Offensive title of play

    I would like to express my disgust at the title given to a recent play ‘Fl-Isem tal-Missier u ta’ l-Iben u ta’ l-Ispettur Bonnici’ (‘In the name of the Father and of the Son and of Inspector Bonnici’). I found it offensive and it seemed to be...

  • Malta’s over-development incubus

    Malta’s over-development incubus

    Years ago, before the plunder of our island started, it was virtually impossible to take a photograph anywhere in Malta which was not instantly recognisable – the most common give-away was our skillfully crafted honey-coloured stonework, our...

  • Well done

    Keen followers of opera transmitted on the big screen were in for a surprise when, following a flawed transmission at St James Cavalier of Verdi’s Nabucco, they were contacted and asked whether they would accept to attend a free re-run of the same...

  • Bad example

    I’m not an avid follower of the Eurovision Song Festival but I did watch the video of Breathlessly, Claudia Faniello’s song. However, there’s one part near the end of the video which in my opinion is in really bad taste. Despite a tremendous...

  • Campaign to oust de Marco

    I am convinced that many decent Nationalist Party supporters are disgusted at the vile campaign that blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia is conducting to force PN deputy leader Mario de Marco to resign. What is amazing is that the PN is not saying...

  • A firm ‘no’ to blackmail

    Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil has shown his mettle by objecting to the obscene Institute of Tourism Studies deal between the government and the db Group and referring the matter to the Auditor General. It would have been infinitely...

  • San Anton Gardens should be better maintained

    San Anton Gardens should be better maintained

    San Anton Gardens are the most beautiful gardens in Malta, an oasis of greenery in an urban sprawl, beautifully laid out with a variety of trees and flowers. They are a Grade 1 national heritage site and attract many visitors all the year...

  • ‘No track, no vote’

    Some people cannot understand how it is possible for motor sport followers to declare on Facebook – “No track, no vote”. For the majority of the population, a motor racing circuit is a minor or irrelevant issue, but for  thousands of motor sport...

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