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Letters

  • A towering riddle

    The government representative on the Planning Authority votes in favour of the towers project at Tignè and the Opposition representative votes against. Yet, both political parties are equally responsible for this construction permit (‘Barbarians...

  • Traffic inconvenience

    I have been instructed by residents of Ġlormu Cassar Street, in Mosta to write with regard to the redirection of traffic in Eucharistic Congress Road. The mayor had promised us that such redirection of traffic would happen soon. Now he, or the...

  • Unfair hearings

    I have just read Tony Mifsud’s excellent article (‘We are no barbarians’, August 12). I can vouch for every word he said because I was present at two of the three sessions discussing the morning after pill in Parliament. Sadly, I was unable to...

  • More claims

    I write with reference to the article ‘Using different yardsticks’ by Denis Tanti (August 18). The Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity would like to clarify that in this article he is repeating what he already asserted in a press...

  • Clampdown on offenders

    Clampdown on offenders

    I write in connection with the report ‘Subject all drivers to penalties’ (August 20) and to views expressed by Adrian Galea, the director general of the Malta Insurance Association. While I agree in principle with the suggestions made by the...

  • Two weights, two measures

    After some six months since the Panama data dump, the long knives in Malta are still out, and endlessly sharpened, in an unrelenting quest to claim as trophies the scalps of Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri. One tends to overlook that Malta has an...

  • The Żonqor method

    ■ The photomontage of the Townsquare tower (August 16) gives me the feeling that the effect of distance on perspective may have been somewhat overestimated. As a result, the Tower appears in this montage to be lower than it would actually look...

  • Salt pans walkway

    Salt pans walkway

    It is about time that a study is conducted into building a walkway to link Salini to Qawra via the retaining four-metre wide wall of the salt pans, thereby extending the Qawra promenade and other facilities for the benefit of Salini residents and...

  • In search of an old workmate

    ■ I am trying to trace a long lost friend, Joe A. Buttigieg, who worked for Ralph M. Parsons in Brenford, London between 1970 and 1990. I worked there too. He was a project manager in the petrochemical industry and I worked for him on an Iranian...

  • Losing its attraction

    The citadel in Gozo has been given a real facelift. The result is simply magnificent. Why couldn’t the authorities see this before they placed a horrendous door in front of the cathedral square? Not only did it cover all the work that was done and...

  • Well-treated

    I recently underwent a total hip replacement operation at Mater Dei Hospital and feel compelled to praise all concerned with my treatment. From the surgeon to the tea lady, all duties were completed with care and consideration. The nursing staff...

  • Public finance

    I often ask myself why is it that the performance of Malta’s economy, at least at macro level, is very hard to criticise. The answer has stayed constant with me for several years now: when public finance is well managed (government excessive...

  • Two ID cards

    A law report in the Times of Malta about a man having two identity cards is interesting. It seems that a very good shake up at Identity Malta has now become a must.

  • Shameless people

    Shameless people

    I am an Italian trainee currently in Malta. On August 15, I went to Comino and it was reallya shame to see such a beautiful place invaded by uncouth people who are only interestedin everything (taking selfies and swimming included) except...

  • Nautical studies

    The nautical risk assessment, carried out by Maritime Research Institute of the Netherlands (Marin), forms part of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) permitting process and has been given to all the regulatory bodies, namely,...

  • Who controls one’s life? (1)

    Who controls one’s life? (1)

    Martin Scicluna’s article ‘Last human right’ (August 10) is based on the assumption that we are the sole arbitrators of our lives. As a Christian, one cannot leave out the most important factor on which one’s life is based.  I, for one,...

  • Who controls one’s life? (2)

    In his article ‘Last human right’ (August 10), Martin Scicluna makes his case for mercy killing, or euthanasia. He says that: “Patients have the right to life. But they also have the right to personal autonomy and dignity”. Which is a highly...

  • Fixation or realism?

    I refer to the letter by Kevin Hodson titled ‘Realist not a racist’ (August 13). He seems to believe I think he is a racist. In my previous correspondence, I was careful not to use that epithet. However, I do believe he has a fixation about...

  • Belligerent drivers

    While driving through Żebbuġ towards Mdina I was in the right lane as my intention was to go around the roundabout at the entrance to Żebbuġ (after the Toyota garage). There were cars behind me and to my left, the lane to go into Żebbuġ. I left...

  • Assassins of memory

    So much has been said in defence of keeping what is left of Sliema’s Maltese architectural character and Mediterranean skyline and so much has been disregarded by the authorities, who seem to have other priorities. In the name of a false notion of...