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Letters

  • Hip problem in heavy dogs

    On January 30, during oneof Moira Delia’s popularprogrammes on TVM, Animal Diaries, a young vet wasinvited to explain what hip dysplacia meant. The vet was very knowledgeable and it was evident that he knew the subject very well. But I thought it...

  • High-grade mark-up for premium fuel

    The Malta Automobile Club welcomes the introduction of the premium unleaded grade of petrol (RON98) in the local market. But why did it take the government 40 years to introduce such a grade of petrol if this were really needed for certain types...

  • Save the Gozo sheep

    Save the Gozo sheep

    The death sentence is looming again over Gozitan farmer Ġanni Attard’s sheep after he failed to comply with the requirement toregister them. There is no reason whatsoever why this sentence by the Appeals Court should result in the culling of these...

  • Mepa just can’t be trusted

    Mepa has put out a document for public consultation called ‘Height Limitation Adjustment Policy For Retirement Homes’. Its hallmark is virtually the total discretion enjoyed by Mepa in the evaluation of whether proposals fit in with the mostly...

  • Obsessive complaining

    Unfortunately, most letters to the editor of newspapers are complaints, about buses, roads, migrants and so on. As an obsessive complainer myself, I take the opportunity to apologise to those whose feelings I may have hurt through my letters to...

  • The welcome for St Paul

    It was reported that Fr Victor Paul Farrugia asked whether Malta would really welcome St Paul the way our ancestors did in AD60. This is a loaded question as there is no comparison between theshipwreck of St Paul and the unending influx, mainly of...

  • The education industry

    The education industry

    Since English is a useful language to acquire, countries such as Malta withthe good fortune of speaking the language are atan advantage to lureinternational students to come and study in their colleges and universities. Education in Australia is...

  • The sins of our drivers

    I would like to take issue with the letter from Frans Said about cycling (January 27). I would say that most cyclists, especially local ones, have cars and insurance cover too. I have been cycling for over 50 years in the UK and another six since...

  • Obesity and type 2 diabetes

    Doctors point to a direct link between obesity and type 2 diabetes. I am not a doctor and neither am I inclined to argue with experts on health issues. I just take their advice. However, this is sometimes hard to follow. My wife and I used to eat...

  • Up in arms

    The minister responsible for ARMS Ltd needs to get down there quickly and bang some empty heads together. Their customer service is lamentable. I have had three letters from them threatening to suspend my service and telling me I owed them an...

  • Fixation with cars and misinterpreting statistics

    Alfred Farrugia (‘Highest vehicle taxation rate’, The Sunday Times of Malta, January 24) did not understand the main point of my letter. The rate of vehicle taxation in EU statistics is worked out as a percentage of the total tax burden – that is...

  • Does anyone remember this shop?

    My RAF night-fighter squadron was stationed at Luqa during 1955-1956. In those days, blazer and grey slacks were the civilian uniform of choice and the blazer breast pocket invariably carried a badge of some kind, such as school, squadron or...

  • Poor public transport service

    The public is, on the whole, being given a poor service by whoever is running public transport. On at least three occasions bus number 186 that passes from Attard to Rabat did not turn up in the morning. The first time this happened, a complaint...

  • Mayhem in public transport

    Every administration has played its part in contributing to the mayhem in public transport while we commuters feel like guinea pigs. I am specifically referring to route 21 and 22. The timetable has been changed from three buses per hour (one...

  • Shocking wait at Floriana bus stop

    I recently had an appointment in Floriana, so I decided to use public transport since parking there is such a problem. The outward journey was effortless and I arrived on time for my meeting. However, the return trip was not that simple. I got to...

  • Arriva in Amsterdam

    Arriva in Amsterdam

    During the Christmas season my wife and I – together with a couple friends of ours – visited Amsterdam. We toured the city, visited museums, went on a boat trip along the canals and travelled to Delft, Leiden, The Hague, Utrecht, Haarlem and the...

  • Save the children

    January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which commemorates the victims of the Holocaust, one of the darkest periods in human history. On this day, many films relating to this most tragic of events were aired on TV. Some of these...

  • Poor choice for venue

    According to Escape (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 24), this year’s Qarċilla will be performed at St John’s Square, presumably in front of St John’s Co-Cathedral, in Valletta. Why hold such an irreverent and satirical performance, which is...

  • All resign

    When are our politicians going to stop allowing Parliament to become a political circus? They are all adamant to ask each other to resign. All they are getting is laughter from the public because of their behaviour. Do they really expect us to...

  • For the greater glory...

    I have just received a splendid copy of Cynthia de Giorgio’s marvellously illustrated book The Conventual Church of the Knights of Malta, Midsea Books. High up on St John’s Cathedral’s nave, near the sailing vault, is a beautiful inscription in...