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Letters

  • A story of honesty and generosity

    This story must be told. My friend Joe had a lunch engagement. On reaching the restaurant, he received a telephone call. The police were on the telephone. Joe almost panicked thinking that the children had met with an accident. The police officer...

  • Energy and water supply

    In spite of all the partisan hot air, the agreements with China for investment in the local electricity generation and for alternative energy projects cannot be but a welcome step forward in this vital sector. What has, however, been ignored ...

  • China deal

    The Maltese Chinese Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the Maltese government on the signing of an agreement on the energy sector with Shanghai Electric Company Ltd. The chamber augurs that other business arrangements with...

  • Just to say thank you

    Last Sunday, I needed medical attention because one of my contact lenses tore in half and got stuck to my eyelid. I would like to thank the reception and the medical staff at the Floriana health centre for their immediate attention and the...

  • PL soft spot

    Mario Dingli wrote that “Stanley Clews knows that Privitera can only give biased views, based on hatred of the Nationalist Party” (December 15). I am sure Clews will meet the aspirations of Dingli if he seeks the views of Andrew...

  • Vote for a better future

    Vote for a better future

    I have just turned 18 and am enjoying the new liberty that comes with it. Legally an adult, right to a car licence and so on. I also have the right to vote but I doubt whether I’ll be exercising it. Democracy means being given the right to voice a...

  • Means test stuck in 1970s

    It is about time that the government reviews the means test used by the social services. Our present test, apparently, dates back to 1970. Because of this negligence those who apply for the ‘pink card’, especially when this is necessary for...

  • The tangled history of Ukraine

    As a result of World War I, the revolutions of 1917, the German military occupation and the efforts of Ukrainian nationalists, Ukraine emerged out of Czarist Russia as a separate country. Obviously, this was achieved against the wishes of...

  • New garages for bands?

    A few months ago the government appointed singer William Mangion to look for “garages for local bands to practice in”. However, several months down the line, we haven’t heard of any garages being found. Yet a shimmering light is looming on the...

  • Expert care from staff

    Recently my wife had to undergo a major operation at Mater Dei Hospital and due to unforeseen circumstances a four-day stay was extended to 14 days. But her stay at the Urology 2 Ward was a unique experience – the staff were extremely...

  • Autopsy findings

    This newspaper reported last week that the Valenzia report (2012) claimed that the police commissioner and the AFM commander at the time had not been informed of the magisterial inquiry conclusions regarding Ifeanye Nwokoye’s death...

  • When birdsong gets really annoying

    When birdsong gets really annoying

    I was born and brought up in the English countryside where birdsong was plentiful. I learned the individual songs of blackbirds, thrushes, finches and many others. So the other day when walking near San Raflu pond I was surprised to hear a...

  • Personal accountability

    Now that the dust has somewhat settled, allow me to have my say about the real victim of the Manuel Mallia case: none other than Mallia himself. Why did the Prime Minister speak of conduct unbecoming? Why did it appear to be such a rushed job?...

  • Oil crash of no consequence

    Joseph Vella Bonnici’s article on “the geo-economics of oil” (December 16) said what many already knew – that the price of oil crashed by 40 per cent in a few months and what consequences that might have on oil-producing countries. What it does...

  • Anniversary of Tarxien church

    Anniversary of Tarxien church

    It was on December 13, 1964, that the first stone of a new church in the Tarxien parish cemetery was laid. It was quite a memorable ceremony, with Archbishop Michael Gonzi laying the stone and Jimmy Farrugia and Carmelo Caruana MP acting as...

  • Solid foundations

    I refer to Saturday’s Talking Point by the Prime Minister in which he looks forward to “a new form of trust”. We cannot be like the harvester filling his barns with good fruit without giving credit to the farmer who sowed the seed. This country...

  • Hotels and restaurants

    From a survey conducted by the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association, the hotel industry improved overall by 13 per cent over the last year, i.e. occupancy and room rates up by 5.2 per cent and 7.4 per cent respectively. Concurrently,...

  • Save the trees

    Now, even foreign observers are noticing our haphazard pruning and the way in which we ‘care’ for our trees. Arborist Ian Lansley finds it “upsetting” that, year after year, he sees “a steady and dramatic reduction in the number of trees lining...

  • The immortal soul

    Could the Roman Pontiff, now that he has given his approval and blessing to the big bang theory, enlighten us, ex-cathedrae, when was it that God introduced the immortal soul? Was it when the chimpanzee was created or was it when the Neanderthal...

  • Greatly appreciated

    Once again, on behalf of the former Ugandan Asians, I most sincerely would like to thank everybody for having assisted us, in the form of shelter, food, medicine, confidence and so on, when we needed such help most. Thanks to such help and...