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Letters

  • The two long blackouts

    I thought that on Tuesday evening (August 22) we were commemorating the 100th anni­versary of the declaration of World War I with two long blackouts – then I realised this was not the case. Let’s face it, even on an is­land devoid of recent...

  • No sympathy to the victims

    On our most recent trip to Malta, a journey we make several times per year, we had an unpleasant experience. I am 70 and need a walking stick to get around. We had to go to ARMS, a time-consuming and unpleasant experience in itself, and we had...

  • World War I poster

    On August 4, 1914, Great Britain declared war on Germany. Immediately after this declaration, the British government set up the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee with the clear purpose of encouraging the young men of Britain to join into the...

  • Unruly behaviour by foreign students

    Quite rightly, Lino Briguglio complains of the annoying behaviour and great inconvenience which foreign students attending different language schools in Sliema are creating for the residents (‘Nuisance caused by foreign students’, Times of Malta,...

  • The value of learning

    One way to approach the financial side of the system (‘Smarter ways to upgrade education’, Editorial, Times of Malta, August 8) might be to keep university education ‘free’ while learning, but then to recover the costs from students by instalments...

  • Confusing English and Maltese

    I cannot agree more with Joseph Muscat’s letter, ‘Maltese spelling of English words’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 10). Much has been written and said about this subject but nothing has ever been done. As Muscat points out this is becoming...

  • Sai Mizzi Liang

    What is all the fuss about Sai Mizzi Liang’s salary? Her annual salary of €75,000 (not including allowances) boils down to roughly €200 a day for a 24-hour service, which is equivalent to €8.33 per hour. What is exorbitant about this figure? Even...

  • When Bir Miftuħ was a parish

    Away from the maddening crowds, at the medieval church of Bir Miftuħ, representatives of the various organisations in Gudja gathered for an evening in the quiet and relaxing environment. The occasion was the launching of a very interesting book...

  • Lecturers on a pension

    A collective agreement has been signed for all university lecturers. It was recently reported that lecturers at the medical school were being offered one-year contracts, which was almost precarious employment. So how is it that lecturers on a...

  • Australia Hall: a symbol of friendship

    Australia Hall: a symbol of friendship

    I take this opportunity to express my gratitude for a wonderful visit to Malta, after a six-year absence. The land of my father’s birth is a wonderful country and I am proud to acknowledge my Maltese heritage. In particular, may I acknowledge the...

  • Sport – a basic human right in the UN charter

    The practice of sport is a basic human right entrenched in the Charter of the United Nations, observed and encouraged by all civilised countries with state- funded activities in the form of “Sport For All”. Sport is not considered as a luxury but...

  • More sewage in the bay?

    After last year’s Santa Maria holiday, a correspondent complained that it became impossible to swim in Marsalforn due to the volume of floating human sewage from anchored and visiting boats. While it is difficult to comprehend the total lack of...

  • New flights

    Good news for us Scots and other UK citizens: Jet2 have announced flights from Glasgow airport to Malta between May 26 and October 20, 2015. No doubt, this will help to boost Malta’s tourist industry as more and more Scots are enjoying what the...

  • Unnecessary inconvenience

    Recently, the two Victoria band clubs have been organising events in Republic Street, the main thoroughfare of Gozo, even during the tourist season. The result is a chaotic traffic situation spread over two solid days. A stone’s throw away,...

  • Dun Karm’s ire?

    Dun Karm’s ire?

    Has our national poet lost his temper? A reaction, perhaps, to the misuse and abuse of our beloved language due to the drastic and unnecessary coinage of loan words? Dun Karm seems to be sending us a strong message since he has literally lost his...

  • Christians in Mosul

    Imam Mohammad El-Sadi criticised the plight of mainly Muslim “voluntary” refugees in Malta (June 21). To address this obvious imbalance he criticised the Islamists’ imposition at Mosul whereby centuries-old resident Christians have either to...

  • The arch at the aqueduct

    I refer to the report titled ‘Arch enemy councils agree on project name’ (August 5). The report says that the Birkirkara and Santa Venera local councils have finally agreed on a name. It also quotes the name: ‘Aqueduct’s Arch’ (L-Ark...

  • Pregnant teachers and human rights

    It’s good to see that Times of Malta will publish letters to the editor, regardless of how opinionated the author is. It’s a shame, however, that the editor does not publish a comment to point out that if the opinion of the author is exercised by...

  • Face-to-face education

    The editorial of August 8 concluded by suggesting that “building more physical university facilities may not be the best way forward”. Indeed, the editorial highlights the increased popularity of online courses. While acknowledging that technology...

  • August 15 is a Gozo ‘must’

    August 15 is a Gozo ‘must’

    To be in Victoria tomorrow, August 15, the feast of Santa Marija, a public holiday and day of obligation, is not only a must but also a pleasure and, I dare say, a privilege. Gozitans, Maltese and tourists alike join in a festival that lacks...

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