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Letters

  • Challenge to the NSO

    Inside a week, Malta’s tourism grew from 30 per cent to 35 per cent of GDP, that is, if statements by outgoing and incoming Malta Hotels and Restaurants chairmen are anything to go by. Not their fault really. I blame the National Statistics Office...

  • Diversity in swimwear

    Declaring himself an atheist (August 23), Karl Consiglio goes on to say that women should be allowed to swim fully clothed or even topless. This following the incident of the woman not being permitted to swim fully clothed in the Marsa Sports Club...

  • Archbishop’s many virtues

    I fully concur with Philip Farrugia Randon’s contribution ‘Wrong target for criticism’ (August 22) about Archbishop Paul Cremona. I have known the Archbishop for many years and always admired his humility, his spirituality, his outgoing attitude...

  • Shining example

    Shining example

    As a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church making regular visits with my wife from the UK to Gozo for holiday and to visit Gozitan friends, I have been blessed in assisting Bishop Mario Grech at a First Communion celebration in St...

  • T’is the season to be noisy

    When I moved to Malta a number of months ago I started to wonder why so many Maltese people talked so loudly. Not being a native speaker, I had no idea what their conversations were about and I therefore presumed that they were simply...

  • A chaotic government department

    The other morning, the director/manager responsible for the citizenship section at Evans Building took the decision to stop accepting ‘customers’ at 10am instead of the established time of 11am. A piece of paper was affixed to the door leading to...

  • Sleepless nights at St Julian’s

    On Monday/Tuesday night, I was among those residents of Portomaso, in St Julian’s who had a sleepless night as a result of the very loud so-called music emanating from an open air seaside eatery across the bay. The thumping noise was of such a...

  • Diversity in the PN

    Diversity in the PN

    I am very much in agreement with Vanya Aquilina (August 25) that the Nationalist Party needs to embrace diversity for it to regain the electorate’s trust; not least internally. However, she attributed to me suggestions I did not make. Never did I...

  • Outspoken young priest

    Sandro Spiteri (‘The Muslims are coming’, August 22) was right to make certain points with which, I am sure, the Marsascala vice parish priest must be in agreement. However, I did not find anything so alarming in the priest’s homily that should...

  • Worthy ex-judge

    With the retirement on pension of Lino Farrugia Sacco from the Bench, his impeachment saga can at last be laid to rest. Apart from the fact that the judge’s ill-advised conduct never merited impeachment, the issue was turned into a hot, partisan...

  • Crucifixion and challenges

    I refer to the challenge by Fr Joe Borg in The Sunday Times of Malta (August 24). He asked me on behalf of my audience (!) to name at least one person who “acted as part of a concerted conspiracy to ensnare the Church in a political quagmire”.

  • Lord’s warning

    A simple reminder of the Lord’s own words as a contribution to the current debate on ‘so-called’ Islamophobic homilies. Gospel of St John, chapter 16: “All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. They will put you out of the...

  • Refunds for home help

    I have the service of a home help for elderly people that is provided by the State. A stipulated amount of money is taken away from our pension for this purpose. When the service is not provided through no fault of ours, we elderly are entitled to...

  • Expensive ferry to Sicily

    Expensive ferry to Sicily

    A return ferry trip from Liverpool to the Isle of Man (distance 125 kilometres) for two adults and a car, in mid-September, travelling on the Steam Packet Company, would cost me €299.50. The exact same criteria but, this time, Liverpool to Dublin...

  • Urgent need for crossing

    Lately, my sister was involved in a bad accident and is still in hospital suffering from her injuries. A car ran into her while she was crossing the road near the Piazzetta, in Sliema. Several people cross the road at this spot, which is not very...

  • Faith of the Maltese is under attack

    I feel sorry for that vociferous minority that groans, grumbles and pontificates in offensive language against religious principles that the Maltese have believed and practised all their life. Their harangues are systematically directed against...

  • Festa marches under the hot sun

    Festa marches under the hot sun

    Lately, we again have been cautioned by the local Health Division to avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun between 11am and 4pm. The division further stressed the importance of keeping ourselves hydrated by drinking liquid regularly, particularly...

  • Hunting in the twilight

    Assuming the world is in total darkness before the official time the sun rises or sets, Peadar Farrell, August 18, sarcastically comments about Maltese hunters having “four hours of hunting in the darkness”. In fact, it does not take much to...

  • Local heroes

    I am helping Allan Stanistreet to compile his latest book More Heroes of the Albert Medal,for which he needs photographs and information on these four Malta winners of the Albert Medal: Giuseppi Zammit and Giovanni Bilocca, who were working on an...

  • Noisy yachts

    When are the local authorities going to take some action against yacht owners who leave their wire ropes hanging and making a lot of noise asa result. When the wire ropes areleft loose and there is theslightest wind, they bang against the metallic...