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Letters

  • Maltese at their best

    During our holiday on Malta last week, I had occasion to seek medical attention. Although I was only at the Saint James’s clinic for a few hours the care I received from the medical and nursing staff was highly professional, kind and...

  • Deaf treated like pariahs

    A couple of days ago, I was helping out our profoundly deaf daughter to renew her car insurance, in the light of her obtaining a new (to her) vehicle. Since a change in insurance agencies was recommended by the brokers, she was asked to provide a...

  • ODZ, the buzzword

    ODZ, the buzzword

    I hold no brief for Patrick Dalli, whom I only know slightly as a budding artist, but I do not think that his case is made any worse by the fact that his controversial farmhouse is Outside Development Zone. Actually farmhouses cannot be built in a...

  • A new and unfair tax

    I recently received a text message from my phone service provider to tell me that as from March 1, a four per cent tax was to be reintroduced on pay-as-you-go top-ups. This same tax was ridiculed by the Labour Party as unfair when they were in...

  • Sale of garages and leases

    The recent announcement of the sale of about 2,000 government-owned garages is a step in the right direction. Isn’t it opportune to also sell the so-called perpetual but revisable leases which were inherited from Church properties? The vast...

  • Catching up

    Go has a service called appropriately ‘Catch Up’. This service provides the possibility to watch TV programmes you might have missed. Recently Go decided, without any clarification to its customers, to reduce considerably the number of channels...

  • Road ‘craters’ pose hazard

    Birżebbuġa Road, in Safi is in a disastrous condition. There are potholes all over the road, including a trench dug up by a farmer to collect rain water. This trench has been transformed into a ‘crater’ owing to the rain and cars running over...

  • What Swiss Leaks show...

    The recent Swiss Leaks, which have demonstrated that a number of prominent individuals were not declaring all their assets and, therefore, were evading tax, was the cloud. However, even this cloud has its silver lining. In fact, we can now confirm...

  • A bishop must respect his priests

    A bishop must respect his priests

    Like the rest of the island, I received the news of Bishop Charles Scicluna being appointed Archbishop of Malta – leaked in the press – with respect. In principle, he has the qualities needed for such a noble mission. However, I would like to make...

  • Dedication of a portrait  

    This is the third letter that we are writing concerning the forthcoming dedication of the portrait of Giovanna Bascetta. We thank all the pupils who have sent in donations towards the portrait, which was beautifully done by Mary de Piro. In order...

  • An alarmist campaign

    The ‘No’ campaign for the spring hunting referendum, which will be held on April 11, is focusing on everything but the two species of birds that can be caught under capping through the derogation. The actual referendum question is not being...

  • Warsaw uprising

    A recently produced documentary, The Men Who Went to Warsaw: The Warsaw Uprising Airlift 1944marks the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, which I thought might be of interest to your readers. My uncle, a Maltese national by the name of...

  • Neutrality vs complacency

    Not a week passes that we hear of more acts of Russian interference in the east of Europe, or of another terrorist attack on our freedom of speech, or of a new barbaric act by Islamic fundamentalists in the Middle East and North Africa. In no...

  • Education for sustainable development in Malta

    I recently attended the first conference on education for sustainable development. It was so refreshing to hear about the work being done by teachers in our schools assisted by the Centre for Environmental Education and Research of the University...

  • Monopoly

    Is there anyone capable of enlightening me as to why Virtu Ferries has, for years on end, monopolised the crossings between Malta and Sicily?

  • A restored Opera House is still an option

    I still believe that the Opera House should be restored. The prestige gained by Valletta, and by Malta, would be well worth the risk of such an expensive project. Opera houses lend prestige and grandeur to a city and a country. One such example is...

  • Many laws are ineffective

    In olden times theft was rampant and punishment was harsh, including long prison sentences, forced work on ships, exile and even death. There are documented cases of severe punishments for people who just stole a loaf of bread. However, there were...

  • Attracting a wider audience

    Reference is being made to Petra Caruana Dingli’s article called ‘On rock music and kartapesta’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, February 22). While noting Caruana Dingli’s views on carnival, the government has consistently stressed that we need to...

  • Monument to Nicolò Isouard

    Monument to Nicolò Isouard

    The year 2018, during which Valletta will be the European Capital of Culture, will also mark the second centenary of the death of the world famous Maltese composer, Nicolò Isouard. Even during the long years when he lived in Paris, Isouard never...

  • Mortality statistics for road users

    I refer to the letter by George Debono, ‘Artfully dodging the truth on bicycle safety’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, February 23), which is a direct response to a letter of mine in the previous issue of the newspaper and which implies that I am a...