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Letters

  • Liberals and conservatives in the Church

    Has the Catholic Church become too liberal or is it too conservative? Both sides have strong followers and mediation seems impossible. On both sides, conservatives and liberals, I see a genuine desire for Catholic faith to be relevant. The...

  • The giants of Mosta

    The giants of Mosta

    On a recent visit to Ġgantija Temples, now under the responsibility of Heritage Malta, in the new interpretation centre inaugurated not long ago I came across a section dedicated to folktales by Fr Manwel Magri. The legend depicted on one of the...

  • Double standards

    The utmost majority are in favour of animal rights and proper treatment. Animals in circuses are banned and a private zoo has received various warnings. Thus, it seems that the proper actions are being taken. However, are these actions sincere or...

  • Flashback to Malta convoy

    My father, Reginald Baynton, was a seaman on the Malta convoy that broke through the German blockade and led the relief of Malta. Although his medal was awarded to him in 1992, he was never able to return to the island and passed away in December...

  • Disappointing service

    We have spoken many times about wanting to raise the bar in terms of our level of customer service in Malta. As a proud Maltese citizen, I’m disappointed to say that we never seem to learn. I booked a business class return flight from London with...

  • Extinction of passenger pigeon

    September 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon – the most infamous and most astonishing of all bird extinctions, as well as the most damning for the hunting cause. Also known as the migrating dove, the...

  • Prices of medicines

    Finance Minister Edward Scicluna, while speaking at a pre-Budget consultation meeting, mentioned the “scandalous cost of medicines for the government which was double the real value”. I have been writing about the scandalous prices of medicines in...

  • Traffic accidents

    I refer to the article ‘Taking a crash course’ (Insurance & Finance supplement, The Sunday Times of Malta, September 14). Kindly note that the closing line, which states that one needs to wait for the police or wardens before moving a vehicle, is...

  • Outrageous to close off whole area

    I read Alan Deidun’s article ‘Angelina to Victor Borg’s rescue’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, September 7) with great interest. I am a German climber on holiday in Malta with my family. The Sunday before last, we went over to Gozo thinking we could...

  • Call to save Iklin Valley

    Malta’s Constitution states quite categorically: “The State shall safeguard the landscape and the historic and artistic patrimony of the Nation”. The same Constitution is certainly not being observed in the current ravaging of Iklin Valley. With...

  • Clarifications over military insignia

    Clarifications over military insignia

    Researching the uniforms and insignia worn by Maltese and British regiments is one of my many interests. I’m currently researching two particular items and am seeking assistance from readers. It concerns the regimental titles worn by soldiers of...

  • V-18 hampered

    The exuberant performance at Teatru Pjazza Rjal by the Notik Dance Company, reviewed by Jo Caruana (The Sunday Times of Malta, Culture and Entertainment, September 14), was indeed thrilling to watch. As she wrote, Valletta was certainly buzzing...

  • First ‘bikini’ court case

    I read Kevin Dingli’s account of his late father’s version of the case ‘The Police vs Christine Adams’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, September 14) and, while appreciating his humorous treatment of the subject, I have to correct the wrong impression...

  • ALE transfers

    “Useless massacre” is how the transfer of ALE officers was described in last week’s story in The Sunday Times of Malta (September 14). How odd to complain about the transfer of eight PN government-appointed officers, “all Nationalist supporters”...

  • Nothing to celebrate

    I bet several thousand Maltese pensioners haven’t got much to celebrate about Malta’s independence – this ushered in one of the biggest scandals of Maltese post-colonial administration. I’m referring to the institutionalised defrauding of part of...

  • Thank you Mater Dei

    I recently had to cut short my mission work in Peru after I slipped and injured my wrist. After my fall, I had to travel for an hour to have an X-ray and there they refused to do anything to my wrist as my fracture was multiple. I had to travel...

  • How about Għawdex the brave?

    In the wake of Scotland’s bid for independence from the UK, our thoughts turned – logically – to a ‘what-if’ similar situation locally. Would Gozo really want complete independence from Malta? Would it wish to cut itself off from all the benefits...

  • Language evolution risks being stunted

    Maria Grima wrote on September 5 about the ear hurting pronunciation of the Maltese language. I wrote the same day about the evolution of language. I worry that any excess of vigour might well stunt the evolution of the language. Minority...

  • Art for art’s sake

    Art for art’s sake

    I came across this quote from the play Quartet by Ronald Hardwood: “The Philistine believes only art which is popular is always good but art which is good is never popular.” The temporary sculpture of the three-legged horse is great art because it...

  • A political party for all

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat can be criticised for lack of meritocracy, transparency and deficiencies in other well-known areas. However, if there is something that he can be lauded for this is for acknowledging that independence is the basis of...