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Letters

  • Armier solution

    The way forward regarding the illegal boathouses in Armier, and anywhere else for that matter, is for the government to appoint an independent board that will establish how long each squatter has occupied the land. The squatter will then be made...

  • U-turns or obstinacy ?

    Of course I prefer to see none of both. But, were I to have to choose, I opt for U-turns rather than sheer obstinacy by a political party in harness. As for a party in opposition: silence in preference to nonsense or shibboleths.

  • Costly cancer medication

    Costly cancer medication

    The Reuters feature on lung cancer (October 11) is a good example of medical journalism of no practical value to the public. Pathologists have known for at least 50 years that cancers evolve in a multi-step fashion from innocent changes...

  • Communion to those who are remarried

    The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops is under way until Sunday. I am following most of the interventions by bishops and cardinals and my general impression is that most of them are trying to please the media. Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio said...

  • High expenses facing Gozitan students

    Students all around the globe face financial challenges and most do work part time to keep things afloat. The Gozo University Group, after lending an ear to a number of students, has noticed a growing concern regarding rent expenses. Over the past...

  • Leave the bus terminus be

    Leave the bus terminus be

    It has been reported that architect Antonio Belvedere, from Renzo Piano’s office, and Richard England made a case for transforming Valletta’s ditch into a garden as originally planned rather than a parking area. They also insisted that the bus...

  • ‘Political blackmail’

    Referring to hunting as a “problem”, Frans Said, in his letter ‘Political blackmail’ (October 8) states: “If both major political parties were to unite to seek what is best for these islands, this type of blackmail will lose its impact.” Just to...

  • Chemtrails

    John Ivens (October 8) is the latest in a long list of uninformed people paranoid about a perfectly normal phenomenon – water vapour contrails left by aircraft. These trails have been a regular feature in the skies ever since World War I, when...

  • Yobs by any other name

    I was recently in Malta, staying on the eastern side of Rabat. I read the Times of Malta and was shocked by the actions of some 30 yobs – they do not deserve to be called ‘hunters’ – and one hopes their actions against innocent bird watchers...

  • Save our old trees at It-Tokk

    Save our old trees at It-Tokk

    The work of refurbishment in the very heart of Victoria is progressing speedily. After Sabina Square it will soon be the turn of Independence Square (It-Tokk). I asked and asked about the fate of the old trees that adorn this square but no one...

  • Storm hazard at Marsaxlokk

    The bad weather of October 6 caused one of the ships berthed at the Freeport to cut its moorings and drift away from the jetty. This confirms what many experts have been saying: the gas storage tanker permanently moored within Marsaxlokk Bay poses...

  • Lessons from Car Free Day

    September’s ‘Car Free Day’ was viewed by several commentators as a dismal failure, but was it? One of the problems with the day is that it’s a concept we as a nation have not yet grasped, as has the rest of Europe. Firstly there isn’t a choice of...

  • Crossed wires

    Crossed wires

    It’s such a great pity that so many balconies in the modern town of Pembroke have wires and cables hanging just above people’s heads. They look dangerous and are so ghastly and unsightly. Is it possible that our town planner never thought of...

  • Cars in the city

    The appearance of parked cars in St George’s Square, Valletta was noted in On The Dot (October 6). Anyone walking the pedestrian area of Merchants Street in the evenings will have noticed that both parked and moving cars are on the increase. This...

  • Respect for Valletta’s fortifications

    A short time ago I researched the Piano project in Valletta for a major story I have written for Asia’s premier travel and lifestyle magazine, which will be published at the beginning of next year. I note with great dismay that the garden that...

  • A visitor’s views on the bus service

    After a visit to Malta, both my friend and I agree with the article written by Frank Salt. What he said about the buses was very good, however, why is overcrowding allowed? We were often subjected to overcrowding, pushing, shoving and bad manners...

  • Officer and a gentleman

    The passing away of Antoine Pace Bonello at the venerable age of 93 has been received with sadness by the many members of the George Cross Island Association both in the United Kingdom as well as in Malta. He was, from the very early days of...

  • Medicine prices

    I refer to a recent article urging people to ask for generic medication rather than brand names because generics are cheaper. That is all well and good but even generics are much more expensive in Malta than in other countries. A case in point...

  • Force feeding hunger striker

    In a move that champions justice through transparency, a judge in the US, presiding over the case of force feeding of a hunger striking Syrian national imprisoned without trial for 12 years and actually ordered for release a full five...

  • Smart meters for the boathouses at Armier

    Smart meters for the boathouses at Armier

    With reference to the report of October 8, under the title ‘Rewarding theft of public land is madness – Busuttil’, Armier Developments Limited (ADL), in its own name and on behalf of the committees of Armier Boathouses Owners, declares that, at...