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Letters

  • Why pick on Malta?

    I read with great amusement the letter written by Sean Whyte about hunting (The Sunday Times of Malta, May 10) and I hope that he has cleansed himself of blood spattered on him during his short holiday on our beautiful island. I wonder how many...

  • Economic performance

    Qua economist I have no dog in the hunt. Qua citizen, however, I do. That is why I almost feel obliged in conscience to congratulate the Minister of Finance on the exceptional economic report he managed to extricate from Brussels.

  • New members of the judiciary

    Obviously, the appointment of Joe Mifsud and Monica Vella, similarly to those of Wenzu Mintoff as a judge, raised some eyebrows, especially among Nationalist sympathisers. I’ve known both Mifsud and Mintoff for quite some time and I also know...

  • Offer of mediation in shooting range issue

    I refer to the letter ‘Haven faces destruction’ (May 11), in which the President’s Foundation for the Well-being of Society was mentioned in reference to the proposed shooting range to be built adjacent to the Mount St Joseph Retreat...

  • Remembering and forgetting colonialism

    I was amused with corres-pondence (May 16) regarding the George Cross and it made me wonder who is obsessed most with this medal placed on the flag at the request of George VI in 1943, which was the same year that Outlines of Maltese History...

  • Bikes rudely overtaking

    Can anyone confirm if is it within the Maltese Highway Code that motorbikes are allowed to overtake moving cars from all sides, inside, middle as well as the outside lane? The latter is the only legitimate way I know that one can overtake ...

  • Detained migrants

    Detained migrants

    It was a bit of an exaggeration, by those two Somali women, when they compared themselves at the detention centre to caged animals, at a meeting with President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca last week. Once they got here irregularly they must face the...

  • Colonial influence everywhere

    Colonial influence everywhere

    Charles Xuereb is dead keen to remove the George Cross from our flag. His doctrine seems to beone sided. What do we have in Malta that is not the direct effect of some form of colonialism? The very flag itself was a corner from the colours of...

  • Candidates for canonisation

    On May 9, President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca unveileda bust of Saint George Preca,the only Maltese saint, canonised by Pope Benedict XVI on June 3, 2007. Running in the list for canonisation are Ignatius (Nazju) Falzon, a cleric, and Maria...

  • Alternative site in south

    At the moment there is a lotof debate about the choice ofsite for the American Universityin Marsascala. Has anyone considered St Thomas Bay? That wouldn’t be ruining any pristine land, as there are buildings there already. Maybe it’s time we also...

  • Expat vote

    The article ‘As Britons vote, EU watches’ (May 7) stated that a Maltese, resident in the UK, may vote in UK general elections regardless of how long they’ve lived in the UK or whether they hold British citizenship or not. I feel it is most...

  • Advisers’ fund for the needy

    We read a great deal about poor families who are living in squalid conditions unable to make ends meet and depending on charity. On the opposite side of the coin we read about the appointment of a number of so-called ‘advisers’ and ‘consultants’...

  • Preventing accidents

    Nowadays, Victoria is flooded with commercial vehicles and parts of its core excel in priority. Among these, Vajringa Street tops the list. Notwithstanding the fact that heavy vehicles are officially precluded from passing through, facts prove...

  • Do ministers have hands tied?

    Do ministers have hands tied?

    The performance of ministers Leo Brincat and Evarist Bartolo at the Marsascala open air press conference was beyond pathetic. Brincat, my former colleague, now the minister responsible for the environment, had just attended and celebrated the...

  • Extraction of aquifer water

    I read a number of years ago in Times of Malta a report by an expert on the aquifers of Malta. The expert stated that potable water flowed from the main aquifer situated in the area north of Golden Sands into the sea at the rate of tens of...

  • Voting rights

    Following David Jackson’s letter ‘Unable to vote’ (May 15), I again googled whether I am entitled to vote in case things had changed. Sadly, they have not. In the Expat’s Manual, under Voting Rights, one reads: “If you are moving away from the UK,...

  • London parks can be sold

    I have a serious proposal to put forward to the newly-elected British government. It can solve all its ills and make Britain the richest place on earth. My suggestion is for the government to sell off, for commercial purposes, every square foot of...

  • Indifference of politicians 

    Terry Bate wrote that “politics and politicians feature prominently” in Times of Malta (April 15). He then went on to clarify the distinction between crime and politics. Crime is “when you take the money and run”. Politics is “when you run and...

  • Road safety petition

    To clarify our position, the current petition for improvements in road safety is aimed at all road users, not only people on bicycles. The vast number of traffic accidents last year and the 10 per cent rise in this year’s first quarter, as...

  • Drip, drip disturbance

    I invite the reader to do a quick experiment. Call to your memory an occasion where you were able to be at peace, where time seemed to gently go by at your pace and you were able to fully enjoy and cherish the bliss of simply being. Now, open a...