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Letters

  • The role of libraries

    Literacy is the vehicle of education, the means through which ideas, information, knowledge and wisdom are expressed and exchanged. Historically, public libraries came into being with very noble roles, propping up democratic governments which...

  • The revival of Valletta

    Recently the Valletta local council and various other entities celebrated the 448th anniversary of the founding of Valletta by Grandmaster Jean Parisot de Valette. The highlights of the events to mark this historic day were a Mass at St John’s...

  • Pistorius the blade ‘liar’

    If William Shakespeare were alive today he would surely be inspired to write another new drama with Oscar Pistorius as the main character. Besides being a paralympic sprinter, the disabled South African star, who is on trial for murdering his...

  • Great are the humble

    I thought that the question of the existence of God was dead and buried (Karl Consiglio, April 12) after the plethora of exchanges during 2012. But one extract from my letter of July 12 that year is worth recalling: For me miracles (which were...

  • Courage of convictions

    John Guillaumier (April 12), ever keen to find fault with the Catholic Church, criticises two of Malta’s recent presidents for allowing their personal ethics and morals to influence their decision to refuse to sign the Civil Union Bill into...

  • Gozo’s altar of reposition

    Lately TVM showed a short feature about the Altar of Reposition that is put on show every year during Holy Week at the Mdina cathedral. The feature was accompanied by a very interesting historical description provided by Fr Edgar Vella. Malta and...

  • PN’s DNA

    Mark Anthony Vassallo insinuated in his letter (April 10) that I misinterpreted the facts when I wrote some weeks ago that it was in the PN’s DNA to block progress. I concluded this not only from recent blatant examples like the Individual...

  • Picnic on the Mdina lawns

    A photo of myself and three generations of my family, peacefully enjoying a picnic on the lawns of the Mdina ditch, was published in On the Dot (March 31) in the context of various reports on reprehensible acts of illegal rubbish dumping and...

  • Forgotten anniversary

    In reference to a reminder by Denis Darmanin (April 11) to commemorate the bicentenary of the Treaty of Paris signed on May 30, 1814 between France and the Coalition after the Napoleonic Wars, when Britain “took sovereignty over Malta”, for the...

  • News update

    Since February, when the news was published that Bart’s, the prestigious London teaching hospital, would be setting up a medical school in Gozo, we have heard nothing more. Obviously, this good news was welcomed with a great deal of interest at...

  • Exploitation of new graduates

    I read recently in this newspaper about the sick leave abuse. There is another side to the matter – employer abuse. Young graduates are being made to work exceedingly long hours with no extra pay, the excuse being they have a good salary. These...

  • Mġarr road project

    The Mġarr local council refers to the article that appeared on April 10 about the decision taken by the Mepa tribunal on the embellishment of the road leading to the Mġarr cemetery. This project was planned several years ago during the fifth...

  • Citadel cinema still hibernates

    On March 31, 2013, the last film for the public was screened at the Citadel cinema, in Victoria, with the hope, and a written promise, that it would be reopening after the upgrading. The film was Les Miserables (the musical phenomenon). It was a...

  • Service pension case drags on

    In March of last year, it was reported in this newspaper that Malta had been taken to court over service pensions on grounds that the country’s legislation does not conform to European Union social security rules. Was there any progress regarding...

  • The Chinese takeover

    When the Greeks laid siege to Troy they never expected to find such heroic resistance. However, they managed to overthrow the Trojans by means of a stratagem using a wooden horse. The inhabitants just fell for this trick even though an old...

  • Lack of cashiers

    On Thursday, I went to the Mosta Bank of Valletta branch to cash a cheque. It took me about 90 minutes to do this! For most of the time there was only one cashier serving a large number of customers and, unbelievable but very true, for a...

  • Sedqa stand on drugs

    I refer to the editoral ‘Drug addiction and law reform’ (April 9). Aġenzija Sedqa would like to make the clarifications below. The editorial said that “Sedqa, the rehabilitation agency entrusted with drafting the national drug policy…”. Aġenzija...

  • Worth a thousand words

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the photograph on page three in the Times of Malta (April 7), would need several libraries to accommodate all the books it would generate. If the photographer who took the picture was also the only...

  • Calleja the ambassador

    Very well done to Joseph Calleja. He has not only made a good name for himself internationally but also for Malta, being its number one ambassador wherever he performs. He deserves every Maltese title bestowed on him.

  • President’s conscience

    We are now being proposed a president of Malta without a conscience in matters constitutional. As things are, the formal appointment of a president entails a solemn ceremony wherein the person appointed takes an oath and kisses the Cross. Is this...

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