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Letters

  • Inconvenience taken too far

    I understand that most towns and villages need to enjoy their traditional festa and that it is also part of our heritage. I also understand that some people await their local festa with great enthusiasm. Also that most festas require the blocking...

  • Lights out

    We are back to square one: half of the Qbajjar Promenade is in pitch darkness once again. Maybe this is the government’s new energy policy: two days on and months off!

  • Natural law marriage

    The celebration of marriage built in accordance with the law of God (natural law) whereby a man and a woman promise their exclusive love for one another as long as both of them are alive, for their own good and for the good of the children they...

  • Cruelty fines

    The government plans to “provide for” fines of €50,000 and five years imprisonment for cruelty to animals (July 22). To put this in some sort of perspective, can anybody remind me of any recently-imposed penalties for cruelty to children?

  • Hold the line

    I have, for the past days, been trying to pay my Melita phone and internet bill. There is a login facility on Melita’s website, where one pays online. For whatever reason, this is not working and I am unable to pay through this facility. This is a...

  • What should really matter

    Sai Mizzi Liang should know that the people living on this island are not gullible idiots. It is not about being Chinese. The Chinese are a loving people who are, unfortunately, oppressed by an autocratic communist regime that continues to deny...

  • Grove of stumps

    Grove of stumps

    The road works at Kennedy Grove are, apparently, encroaching on one of the picnic sites. This is one of the few natural wooded areas in St Paul’s Bay in which people can enjoy the open space under the shade of the trees. Sometime last week, the...

  • Loud music but no art

    Last weekend, the Sliema Street Art Festival 2014 took over the Sliema promenade until 1am. Though it was called an ‘arts’ festival to obtain a permit, it was actually a rock music festival, short on art, short on melody and very loud on...

  • Bus service then and now

    I have lived in Malta at three different times for several months since 2006. I am living here at the moment and feel that I need to at last speak up about the bus service. I have seen very little difference in the way passengers are treated since...

  • Is the Church being heard?

    Ian Grech’s outburst against the Church (‘Church’s voice is loud enough’, July 10) betrays a profound ignorance of elementary history and religion. Many of us are quite fed up of the continual baseless arguments against Christianity. The...

  • Crime city in the making

    Crime city in the making

    According to crime-related data tabled in Parliament, over the past five years 5,302 cases were reported to the police in St Paul’s Bay (Burmarrad, Buġibba, Qawra, Xemxija), making our locality second only to St Julian’s. Shocking as it may seem,...

  • Unused, lost Flypass miles

    I am resident in the UK but have lived in Malta and used Air Malta flights, a great number of times, for the last eight years. As such, I accumulated thousands of Flypass miles with a view to making use of them in due course. It so happens that I...

  • Poor results

    I was not surprised to see the results obtained by our students in the four core subjects in the Sec exam. This trend has been happening for a long time. We must also bear in mind that, besides school lessons, many students also had private...

  • The bells of Birkirkara

    Birkirkara is invaded by churches, whose bells and clocks make noise at any time of day or night. When I spoke to one senior member of the clergy about this problem, the reply I got was: “It is Church custom.” One of the parish priests suggested I...

  • Discovering oil near Malta

    Can Malta strike oil? Are we going about it the right way? For many decades, I was deeply involved, holding senior positions in Libya and having valuable contacts with top oil executives. I had persuaded the World Petroleum Congresses to hold an...

  • Street in a sorry state

    Street in a sorry state

    In a certain sense, I cannot believe that, in the year 2014, I would have been compelled to write a letter of this sort, underlining the sheer incompetence of the persons in charge and behind the digging of a 600-metre long trench in Church...

  • Composer’s successes

    Notwithstanding his venerable age, Sammy Galea, who hails from Floriana, is still active as a composer of Maltese song. Last May, he participated in the 19th International Song Festival Ti Amo that is held every year in Romania. This festival...

  • Fireworks pollution

    It was during a seminar, which was organised by the Cleaner Technology Centre, that the guest speaker from the UK mentioned fireworks displays as potential sources of pollution while discussing air pollution. This was about 10 years ago and I do...

  • Where are all the birds?

    It appeared from the article in Times of Malta on Wednesday that it is proposed that trappers be allowed to capture nearly 30,000 birds in the autumn. How can this be? For a start, the numbers are ludicrous. If there has been a ban on trapping in...

  • ‘We don’t work in winter’

    ‘We don’t work in winter’

    This is Qbajjar seafront at summer’s peak. Works on the new electricity poles and railings were only started in June and they decided to dig up the pavement. Works moved at a snail’s pace with only a couple of workers at any time. Now works are at...

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