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Letters

  • Where are all the birds?

    It appeared from the article in Times of Malta on Wednesday that it is proposed that trappers be allowed to capture nearly 30,000 birds in the autumn. How can this be? For a start, the numbers are ludicrous. If there has been a ban on trapping in...

  • ‘We don’t work in winter’

    ‘We don’t work in winter’

    This is Qbajjar seafront at summer’s peak. Works on the new electricity poles and railings were only started in June and they decided to dig up the pavement. Works moved at a snail’s pace with only a couple of workers at any time. Now works are at...

  • No champion of democracy

    The leader of the Opposition has, once again, resorted to bombastic statements to try and make people take notice. This time by accusing the government of undermining democracy simply because the government may be postponing local council...

  • Pronounced accent

    With reference to the letter ‘English as she is pronounced’ by Joe Izzo (July 17), the one word which is most flagrantly abused is the word ‘festival’. This word is almost always pronounced ‘festivil’.It makes me wince every timeit’s uttered. Even...

  • Now that’s service!

    Writing in these columns a few days ago, I expressed my disappointment that an email to the Senglea local council, a postal letter to the mayor of Senglea, two emails to Lidl Supermarket and three emails to three different importers were not even...

  • The maze of Addolorata

    I recently had occasion to visit the Addolorata cemetery in order to locate and photograph some graves for a military historical presentation which I am working on. The duty clerk could not have been more helpful, giving me the exact location of...

  • Judges from political world

    I did not know whether to laugh or cry on reading ‘Labour activist is to become judge today’. Is Wenzu Mintoff the only person to become judge from the political field? In 1983 a magistrate who had been appointed a few weeks earlier was seen at...

  • What are dominant China’s real motives?

    What are dominant China’s real motives?

    As we all learn as we progress through life, there is no such thing as a free lunch. We also soon learn that an essential purchase is a magnifying glass in order to read the infamous small print. Malta is at present enjoying an abundance of free...

  • Frescoes at the cathedral

    I refer to the letter titled ‘Frescoes on St John’s façade’ by Alfred Calleja (July 15). While thanking Mr Calleja for his observation, The St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation states that it is aware of the traces of a decorative scheme present on...

  • Unwilling home visit

    A few days ago, not feeling well, I called a health centre to request a home visit by a doctor. The receptionist very kindly asked me what symptoms I had, and when I replied that I had a sore throat, ear ache and runny nose, she passed me on to...

  • Envoy: a bad image

    I write with sadness of how I perceive “the new Malta”. Along with my wife/best friend we visit Malta at least two to three times a year and have many friends there. We have been coming to Malta for more years than I can remember, and will...

  • Schizophrenic economic development?

    When Malta joined the European Union in 2004, it ceased to be considered a developing country and was categorised as a developed country. In reality, Malta has the characteristics of a developed country in terms of various factors, including its...

  • No need for a Gozo bridge

    I am shocked by the government’s decision to consider, once again, a bridge between Malta and Gozo, which is to be entrusted to the Chinese. The environmental consequences of such a bridge are certainly something to worry about. Should the...

  • Protecting our nationals

    I am not surprised that the German authorities recently took the law in their own hands and abducted two children, thus flouting the care order issued by the Maltese authorities. The French authorities in another case did the same thing in the...

  • BOV St Paul’s Bay branch

    Last month I dropped by the ATM of the BOV branch in St Paul’s Bay to withdraw some cash. There was nowhere to park except for a reserved parking spot in front of the building, and I parked my car there with both front windows open. Two other...

  • Destroying the environment

    Various governments have not done enough to protect the environment, a case in point being the garden city at Santa Maria Estate, Mellieħa. Unfortunately Mepa has extended the building area to 30 per cent. The worst sacrilege is committed by...

  • Great service at Mater Dei

    Heartfelt thanks goes to all at Mater Dei Hospital – in our case M3. The dedication and special extra care which was recently showered on my husband George was wonderful. I wish I could give them the world, however the best I can do is to say to...

  • Public transport efficiency

    We all know how important an efficient public transport system is for tourism. I would like to suggest a change in bus route 101 and/or 102 that goes from Mellieħa to Golden Bay and then to Ġnejna. It is ridiculous that the bus first passes from...

  • Gozo bus service

    Gozo has always had an efficient bus service and I don’t want it to degenerate due to a lack of common sense. Last Sunday I was on bus 301 going from the Mġarr ferry to Victoria, along with many other passengers. The bus arrived at the Victoria...

  • Excellent initiative

    Excellent initiative

    I refer to the article ‘We’ve bought a ship to save the migrants’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, July 13) which highlighted the commendable effort by Christopher and Regina Catrambone to purchase a vessel with the aim of picking up ‘boat people’. At...