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Letters

  • Déjà vu

    Can Go please let me know why programmes on BBC Entertainment, Channel 302, are repeated from start to finish within two days of each other? An example was on January 26, DCI Banks.

  • Lease of vehicles

    I refer to the article ‘OHSA has no cars for building site inspections’ (January 29). The Occupational Health and Safety Authority clarifies that it had to make use of a reduced fleet in December 2015 not because the lease of the vehicles expired...

  • Untrained or just stupidly insensitive?

    A friend of mine bought two tickets to fly to Malta in March. Unfortunately one of the passengers died unexpectedly. So he called Air Malta to find out if he could just change the name on one of the tickets. The answer was: “Yes, but there is a...

  • Esso in Cyprus but not Malta

    Esso in Cyprus but not Malta

    Why are Esso and other popular international brands of petroleum products available in Cyprus but not in Malta? Why is the price of unleaded petrol in Cyprus €1.133 per litre, 18.7c lower than in Malta? Why does premium unleaded petrol in Cyprus...

  • Keeping Malta as it is

    When we Maltese emigrated in the past, we settled and integrated, and never did we protest for one thing or another. We all became respected citizens in our adopted country. Whenever Maltese people married a local, we never made them become a...

  • More to music

    Congratulations to the popular singer Ira Losco for winning, for the second time in her music career, the Malta Song for Europe. My best wishes also go to the other singers who made it to the final. Finally, well done to Destiny and Amber for...

  • Impose ban on chewing gum

    I refer to the article about chewing gum and the costs involved in removing this from our streets (‘Gum busting costs €25,000 every year’, The Sunday Times of Malta, January 24). I am sure the authorities are aware how other countries dealt with...

  • Muslims living in the UK

    I was intrigued to read the interview with Bader Zina (‘Lighting up a dark room’, The Sunday Times of Malta, January 24). A lot of the points raised are perfectly true. Problems arise when you get two more generations ahead, as is being...

  • Monuments to Valletta’s builders

    We refer to the letter ‘Two missing monuments’ by Albert Ganado (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 24). Dr Ganado expressed his disappointment that over the past 450 years many monuments and memorials have been established in Valletta save one to...

  • Shine brighter light on Islam

    I was disappointed with the interview with Bader Zina (‘Lighting up a dark room’, The Sunday Times of Malta, January 24) which dealt with the question of the Islamic prayer meetings held in Msida which then led to some statements on what Islam...

  • Typo in Book of Proverbs

    Today’s quotation from the Book of Proverbs, namely “The memory of the righteous one is due for a blessing, but the name of the wicked will not rot”, contains a glaringly obvious typo. It seems that the word “not” has inadvertently slipped...

  • Transport Malta inefficiency

    I do not think there has ever been an authority such as Transport Malta that has been criticised so much, and understandably so. Last October I had written to Transport Malta to clarify a problem I had encountered. What happened is that when we...

  • Outpatients’ parking area at Mater Dei Hospital

    The outpatients’ parking area at the hospital is set aside almost entirely for ‘disabled’ badge holders – quite rightly, since many people, like myself, are unable to walk long distances. Because of the limited number of spaces available, I have...

  • Disregard for rules on the road

    Disregard for rules on the road

    The new penalties announced recently by the government for using a mobile phone while driving are an absolute farce. Last weekend, while travelling round the now famous Kappara roundabout, I saw no fewer than four motorists using their phones.

  • Discrimination against Maltese citizens

    Two 18-year-olds go to a casino in Malta; the foreigner is accepted, the other is rejected and told to come back seven years later – he is European, Maltese and discriminated against in his own country. According to Maltese law, Maltese citizens...

  • Avoiding the issues

    Recently one evening a Labour politician knocked on my door. I invited him into my residence and he sat down. He said: “I’m here to get to know you and to hear your views on our record in government.” He went on: “What do you think of our record...

  • Picking on the small fish

    We tend to make all sorts of little mistakes at one point. Leaving my car with the hazard lights on at the airport drop-off/pick-up zone for approximately five minutes outside a very quiet terminal at 11.15pm on October 27, 2015 cost me €23. At...

  • Birdlife quiet

    Belgian Minister Joke Schauvliege has declared the Magpie, the Jay and the Starling open for hunting − species protected at all times. I do not hear any noise from Birdlife about this. How about some noise in Brussels?

  • Madliena chapel

    The residents of Madliena are very glad we can now attend Sunday Mass in our own hamlet as we used to do many years ago. I would like to thank the Madliena administrative committee for taking this initiative and also Fr Tony Agius who very...

  • Named and shamed

    I refer to Joseph Zarb’s letter (January 26) where he asks for an alternative name for Islamic State. An alternative already exists, Daesh, a title officially used by both the UK and French governments.  The word itself is an acronym in Arabic and...

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