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Letters

  • Dividends tax

    Please allow me to join in support of my pensioner friend, Anthony Scicluna from Gozo, who wrote in the Times of Malta on July 18 asking for a reduction in the tax on share dividends. I understand that the Malta Association of Small Shareholders...

  • Cheaper way to hold a vote

    With the national debt up to the end of last year standing at €5.4 billion and still counting, I find it a bit absurd of the government to fork out €1,349,538 to bring over Maltese from abroad to vote in the hunting referendum. With all the...

  • Pen mightier than shotgun

    This letter is in reply to Alfred Farrugia’s article with regard to the spring hunting referendum: ‘Why the referendum is wrong’ (April 8). I have waited for about three months, including a spring hunting season, before writing and this to allow...

  • Polidano and his animal zoo

    I am absolutely furious, after reading the article in the Times of Malta, to learn that a young lady, if you can call her that, unashamedly and blatantly lied and fraudulently persuaded me to sign a petition which she clearly said was “to enlarge...

  • Foreign car tickets

    The report (July 22) regarding traffic contraventions by owners of cars with foreign licence plates is disquieting. Surely it does not require nuclear physics to keep track of all vehicles entering Malta. My suggestion is that a pair of temporary...

  • Hang their heads in shame

    Hang their heads in shame

    With reference to my letter ‘Dignity and Recognition’ (July 13), kindly note that I have been officially informed by the office of Grand Master Fra Matthew Festing that “the Sovereign Order is not involved in the preparation of the events being...

  • Bus ticket booths

    I refer to the letter ‘Long queue for bus cards’ (July 23). Malta Public Transport is doing its utmost to improve the overall customer service at its ticket booths, including the one mentioned in Valetta by David Crookes. As to the locations from...

  • So hard to get a Tallinja card

    No need to comment on the efficiency of the new transport operators! Having applied for a card in March, I am still waiting for it to arrive. Numerous phone calls got these answers in this order: I shall report the matter; you will getthe card...

  • Constant popular support

    Despite the damaging and humiliating bailout deal that backtracks on nearly every campaign promise he made, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s political support appears alive and well, even among the hundreds of protesters who stormed the...

  • Night bus tariff

    I refer to the letter ‘Funny business on the buses’ (July 23). Malta Public Transport would like to apologise for what happened to Denis Mifsud because the Tallinja card can be used on the bus for night services and the fare is €2.50 and not...

  • No emotions allowed in court of law

    The lack of compassion shown by the presiding judge towards the victim’s brother in the case of Kenneth Gafà (July 21) is nothing short of shocking. According to the report, the judge told the victim’s brother to “go home and light a candle and...

  • Greeks can’t spell taxes

    Greeks can’t spell taxes

    On one of my visits to Greece, I came across this sign in Corfu. It seems that the Greeks do not even know how to spell tax. Is it a surprise that they have a reputation for not paying it?

  • Maternity leave fund

    Besides being refreshingly innovative, the new maternity leave trust fund could equally be looked upon as a solidarity gesture among employers. Well done, ministers Edward Scicluna and Helena Dalli.

  • What’s wrong with Gozo Minister?

    We are a few days from August, so whatever time Malta considers to be the “tourist season” (some think of it as the “power-cut season”) can’t be far away. And, yet... and yet... the main road to the beaches at Ħondoq, Ramla and San Blas remains...

  • Inborn hatred

    The recent events at Srebrenica highlight old differences and hatred between the various people of ex-Yugoslavia and should best serve as a harsh lesson against impositions, especially of religion. The Balkans suffered greatly during the Ottoman...

  • Justice is (not) served

    Early morning on February 17, a car cuts me up in the bus lane, a textbook example of dangerous driving. The van actually drives past a police officer who is attending to the amount of traffic that morning at the junction. I was so angry that with...

  • Smoke and mirrors

    The Muscat government is very adept at announcing new initiatives with great pomp and circumstance. Two that come to mind, however, show this is a government inhibiting a parallel world full of smoke and mirrors. Taking first Justice Minister Owen...

  • Exceptional gesture

    I feel I should publicly acknowledge an exceptional and spontaneous gesture at the magical Smart City Lagoon in Kalkara recently on the occasion of the Institute of Maltese Journalism Awards. For the Sports Journalism Awards there were two...

  • We should honour the true patriots

    Correspondence has been going on in the Times of Malta lately regarding the historic events during the patriotic Maltese uprising against the French on September 2, 1798, and the blockade which lasted till 1800. The least we could do to honour our...

  • Do shops want business?

    Valletta’s Republic and Merchants streets with their adjoining streets have now become busy with traffic and one has to be very careful not to get knocked down during the mornings. Most establishments do not open for business before 9.30am and...

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