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Letters

  • Mediterranean cemetery

    The Mediterranean has become a burial place for the young people of Africa. According to International Organisation for Migration, about 3,072 people perished trying to migrate to Europe through the Mediterranean in 2014 alone. As the number of...

  • British service pensioners

    In one of the many letters I wrote about British service pensioners – which all fell on deaf ears – I said that both political parties have been taking us for a ride for the past 20 years or so. I am now more convinced than ever that the present...

  • More common sense needed

    This letter is dedicated to the warden who on February 24 at 3.57pm slipped cunningly out of his hiding place at MIA opposite the arrivals terminal in the pouring rain and high winds and in the space of eight minutes placed a ticket on my...

  • Bicycle Marathon

    The Bicycle Marathon, which has become an annual event, is fast approaching. This year it is going to take place between March 13 and 15 at the Lyceum in Ħamrun. Once again the marathon will raise funds to provide primary, secondary and tertiary...

  • Cycling lanes would change everything

    Why am I so jealous when I read in a recent edition of the Guardian Weekly that the city of Seville, in Spain, which has a population of about 700,000, has become a model city in terms of sustainable transport? Over there, the number of bicycles...

  • Downside of computers

    Recently, I came across an article lifted from the The New York Times of October 24, 2011, which says the following: “It might come as a surprise to know that many of the hi-tech gurus send their children to schools that do not allow computers –...

  • Spark plug

    In reply to Tony Cutajar’s letter (February 24), l would like to point out that one of the examples he gave is incorrect. It is not a sparking plug but a spark plug. It is a small difference but an important one.

  • French curtain at Vittoriosa

    French curtain at Vittoriosa

    The bastions of Vittoriosa and the Collacchio (the residential area that used to be reserved for the Knights of St John) are being transformed in the extensive restoration project that started some years back. The works, undertaken by expert hands...

  • Damaging road bumps

    Recently, two very sharp and damaging speed bumps appeared on the road between Żejtun and Marsascala, on a curved part that is not known for speeding because there is no forward view, in addition to rumble strips that have been there for some...

  • Too slow to act on Isis

    I agree with former AFM commander Maurice Calleja, that Isis are being made out to be more powerful than they really are, not only in Libya but wherever they decide to set foot. The reason Isis are continuing their expansion is because the...

  • Indecent exposure

    Joe Mifsud, considered to be an icon in the Labour stronghold, had written about the then police commissioner, George Grech’s affair many years ago. It was a case of conduct unbecoming on Mifsud’s part. Daphne Caruana Galizia wrote about the...

  • The Pope’s true words

    Alfred Gauci should get his information right before he quotes Pope Francis (‘Pope’s punch’, February 17). These are his exact words: “We have an obligation to speak openly, we have that freedom. But without causing offence. It is true we...

  • Nuns’ mission in Pakistan

    I would like to inform all benefactors who contributed towards Sr Anna Maria (Carmela) Sammut’s mission in Pakistan that the sum collected amounts to €3,378. Sr Sammut and the Sisters of Charity of St Jeanne Antide thank all ...

  • Putin must be boycotted

    Putin must be boycotted

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, the former KGB spy who has now become the world’s most powerful man, is wreaking havoc in Ukraine by covertly funding and supplying weapons to separatists who have ruined the Eastern part of the country. He is...

  • Fasting is a big joke for Catholics

    Since the generous and liberal directives of Vatican Council II, within the Catholic Church and, particularly, in Malta the practice of fasting during Lent has become a big joke. If one attends a university course, one studies hard. So if one...

  • ‘Greconomics’

    During the past two decades, the economics lexicon has been ‘sexed up’ with the inclusion of neologisms of portmanteau words linking ‘economics’ with names of world leaders to signify a new style of policies for their respective countries:...

  • Sundial needs to be restored

    Sundial needs to be restored

    Passing through St Paul’s Street, in Valletta, on crossing Archbishop Street, very few people would notice that there is an old sundial. This sundial is situated high up on the back wall of the Jesuit’s church, near the Old University...

  • Such fuss for 15 mornings

    Whoever watched Xarabank’s programme on spring hunting must have noticed Saviour Balzan’s continued insistence that hunters had five months in autumn and winter when they can practise their pastime. At the same time, both he as well as other...

  • Europe must take action

    In Syria, Ukraine, Libya and elsewhere around the globe, the shelling continues without respect to human dignity and without the slightest hope of abating. The number of civilian deaths keeps rising. European citizens keep watching the show. They...

  • Free showers for homeless

    One day last year, Polish Archbishop Konrad Krajewski was talking to a homeless man near the Vatican and discovered it was the man’s 50th birthday. He invited him to a restaurant for dinner but the man declined, saying that a restaurant would not...