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Letters

  • A glorious tribute to Paul Asciak

    A glorious tribute to Paul Asciak

    Once again all opera lovers at the Aurora Theatre in Victoria, Gozo were regaled and thrilled by a grand production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, in collaboration with the prestigious Taormina Festival Theatre and with the participation of the Malta...

  • Candidates for canonisation

    I thank Joe Zammit, of Paola, for enlightening Maltese Catholics about the priests, nuns and laity in line for beatification or canonisation. He listed 11 venerables and beati from the two dioceses, whose causes are in process in the Congregation...

  • GC to stay

    It seems the George Cross controversy has surfaced once again. Frans Said’s excellent letter (May 21) was very informative. I would like to add that it was the Maltese people who asked the English to rid them of Napoleon and his band of thieves. I...

  • No north or south in Malta

    The announcement of the American University of Malta was great news but it transpired later that this investment has no direct link with any US entity. I also fail to understand the Prime Minister’s insistence on having this institution...

  • George Cross makes us proud

    I write this letter in memory of my parents, friends and other Maltese nationals who experienced World War II between 1940 and 1945. I am 84 years old and still remember what we Maltese went through during my boyhood years of nine to 14. We did...

  • Hay Wharf

    Hay Wharf

    I refer to the origin of the translation of Hay Wharf as Xatt it-Tiben, and the likelihood of it being named after Lord John Hay, Commander-in-Chief in Malta 1883-1887. Before Hay’s time the wharf was already being used for the storage of forage...

  • School works

    I refer to the item ‘Where is the OHSA?’ in the On the Dot section (May 25) relating to works being undertaken at the Mellieħa primary school. Officers from the Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA) had in fact already visited the site...

  • Mid-Med workers’ case

    I refer to the article ‘Bank workers lose pension fight’ (May 21). The first sentence refers to “a pension fund liquidated in 1987”. Questions: Was this after May 1987 when the Nationalists took over? Is not a scheme non-contributory if employees...

  • Undignified

    Facing the Msida parish church stands a billboard showing a model wearing a provocative outfit! Are the authorities concerned or aware of how offensive this is to all of us who value the dignity of a woman’s body? Also, this might pose a...

  • What a joy

    I just would like to share with readers how much I enjoy the lovely Maltese countryside during my early morning runs and daily commutes to work on the bike. Although spring was rather short this year, the abundance and smell of wild flowers (which...

  • How to save precious water

    Once again I have read in this paper about the impending water shortage crisis. I moved to Malta over 10 years ago and remember some chap writing in the paper about it. His saying was: if it’s brown flush it down, if it is yellow let it mellow. I...

  • Endearing

    Great institutions have a way of becoming ingrained in a nation’s psyche, when eventually the official name makes way for a term of endearment, lovingly bestowed by its cohorts of enthralled admirers. Two that readily spring to mind are The Times...

  • Alternative leadership

    Alternative leadership

    Only shortly after Prime Minister Joseph Muscat spoke of his intention to push forward the environmental agenda – following the spring hunting referendum result –he announced a foreignproject to be build on ODZ land. In an effort to stop this...

  • Reasons for moral decline

    With reference to Jacqueline Calleja’s letter ‘Created for each other’, the confinement of religious faith and its values to the purely private sphere may have come about because of the excessive emphasis on, and wrong implementation of, the much...

  • The Christian presence in history

    I attended Jeremy Jones’s public lecture (May 20) on Queen Constance’s Latin-Arabic ‘letter’ to the people of Malta and Gozo dated November 1198. The lecture was kindly offered by the Archaeological Society Malta. It was...

  • Non-resident pension tax

    I have raised this issue with the income tax people, as well as the ministers responsible for this department, for a number of years, but I have never been given an answer to explain why, as a non-resident person in Malta, I am charged at 20 per...

  • Childcare benefits

    The Foundation for Educational Services strongly denies any link between its employment conditions and precarious employment or exploitation.The roles mentioned by the Malta Union of Teachers are well above the minimum wage and as agreed in the...

  • Please see sense on Għadira

    Please see sense on Għadira

    We have been visiting Għadira for the last 25 years. While we were on the second of our yearly stays, which sadly ended on May 19, we were shocked to hear about the latest submitted plans to turn the Costa Del Sol into a five-star hotel with 250...

  • Buses that just keep coming

    As I learnt to drive in Malta half-a-century ago, I know to psych myself up before collecting my rental car at the airport. The first 10 minutes on the road always bring a rush of adrenalin to the head where it stays for the rest of my annual...

  • Political association is a right

    The negative reactions to the appointment of Drs Joe Mifsud and Monica Vella to the bench seem to me nothing but baseless, since they are inspired exclusively by the fact that the two learned lawyers were involved in a particular political...

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