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Letters

  • A common electoral programme

    There are many initiatives I’d like to see enacted into laws, such as a 20-hour working week, a living wage which would be enough to supply all necessities. However, I know that if Prime Minister Joseph Muscat would be crazy enough to introduce...

  • Mater Dei reception

    On July 15, I went to Mater Dei Hospital to see a friend. I walked up to reception and provided the receptionist with the full name of the patient, telling him I knew he was being treated in the Brown ward. The receptionist told me he could not...

  • The PN’s open spaces

    Malta’s trade envoy to China Sai Mizzi is still benefitting from Lawrence Gonzi’s legacy to this nation. This is not only through the sound economy, despite all obstacles at the time, but equally through axioms for life. “Do not judge me according...

  • Tallinja card system is a joke

    Daniel Grech’s letter in The Sunday Times of Malta (July 19) is either a joke or an insult to general intelligence. If the only reason to introduce Tallinja cards was to reduce time to board buses, why not introduce cards like the UK’s Oyster,...

  • The monti and votes

    So the hawkers say that the government has gone back on the pre-election agreement (in writing) to the effect that they will be given the right to set up stalls in Valletta’s Ordnance Street in exchange for their vote. Well they got their vote all...

  • Bank interest rates

    Bank of Valletta has just announced that interest rates on term deposit accounts have been slightly corrected downwards: rather strange to me, a mere mortal, when both the US and the UK are talking about an interest hike possibly by the year’s...

  • Making a simple thing difficult

    As a visitor to your lovely island I read with interest the letter by Daniel Grech, commercial director of Malta Public Transport (The Sunday Times of Malta, July 19). All is not quite as Grech describes it. Yes, people from any part of the world...

  • Victim of pickpockets

    On the morning of July 11 I took to the shops as I usually do, mostly when there are sales on. I stopped at an ATM machine and withdrew a substantial sum of money. I ended up buying nothing because someone had stolen my purse. In it was €250, my...

  • A chaotic situation

    A chaotic situation

    In Fleur-de-Lys Road, Birkirkara, a former shirt factory has been used for the past decade as a distribution depot for a supermarket chain. Trucks and containers arrive early in the morning to unload foodstuffs. As this former shirt factory only...

  • The nobility of Malta in 1565

    Lino Bugeja’s article (The Sunday Times of Malta, July 26) asserting that the local nobility abandoned the island in 1565 in fear of the impending siege, is symptomatic of that peculiar malaise to use any stick to hit a man when he’s down. The...

  • Safeguarding wellbeing of minors

    The Faculty of Education supports initiatives that safeguard the wellbeing of minors and disadvantaged groups, and some of the work carried out by the faculty staff over the years is on the lines of a number of proposals currently being promoted...

  • Police inefficiency

    I refer to John Zammit’s letter (The Sunday Times of Malta, July 26) regarding the filing of official police reports. The police proceed quickly only when acknowledging reports received.  Further correspondence takes years, not months, to finalise...

  • Will prices increase?

    The cost of electrical and electronic equipment has risen by circa 2.19 per cent since the implementation of the EU’s Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, as reported in the Journal of Industrial Ecology following an...

  • It’s time to grow up

    While praising the Birkirkara FC contingent for the joys they gave us in the Europa League tie against West Ham, the small number of supporters who sang chants against rival local clubs should definitely be condemned and it’s now time for them...

  • Last chance to save rural area

    An outline development planning application report prepared by the Mepa directorate in 2005 (PA 5214/08) cited six reasons why a proposed residential development on agricultural land on the periphery of the Għargħur urban conservation area...

  • Sliema turning into a bazaar

    Sliema turning into a bazaar

    Little by little, the pavements of the Sliema seafront are being taken over by hawkers who are selling all types of wares (food, drinks, sunglasses, earrings, belts, etc). Some are now using generators and, as a result, emitting fumes and...

  • Pension reform

    The title of my article that appeared yesterday should have read ‘Guaranteed minimum pension for all’ (not ‘Guaranteed pension for all’). There is also an error in the table accompanying the article. The waiting periods (third column) of those...

  • Lack of trust in bus service

    According to the recent study carried out by Transport Malta, just over 90,000 commuters are using the buses. That makes it just under 20 per cent of the population, assuming these 90,000 are all Maltese citizens. This figure should raise the...

  • Malta-made blue films

    On the subject of sex shops in Malta, will this mean that we will be allowed to produce our own porn or is it going to be foreign products only?

  • What foreign reports really say about us

    Latching on to some externally- produced report to draw conclusions with regard to Malta is another of those unfortunate practices that many Maltese journalists happily and also unanalytically indulge in. The Times of Malta leader of July...