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Letters

  • Wither Maltese?

    I felt empathy with Henry Frendo, history professor and director of the Institute of Maltse Studies, when he wrote that “for the first time in my life I am feeling uncomfortable writing in Maltese” (‘Maltese language: what future?’, The Sunday...

  • A simpler way to say line is busy

    When one rings a phone number that is busy, is it not rather pedantic and contrived to be told “Il-persuna li qed iċċempel ma tistax tirrispondik bħalissa” (the person you are calling cannot answer you right now) or else that “Il-klijent li...

  • Lost wallet returned

    On behalf of my father, Michael Fraatz, I would like to thank the kind lady, named Gloria, who very kindly returned by mail a wallet he lost during his holiday in Malta. The wallet happened to contain important documents. As we, unfortunately,...

  • Higher profile for Great Siege

    Unfortunately, there are still stubborn cynics around who erroneously believe that the Great Siege was an inflated event consisting of a normal piratical incursion or a brief skirmish. The fail to acknowledge that a great Turkish armada consisting...

  • No toilets for disabled

    On a trip to Malta last week, my wife, my daughter and I visited Valletta and ate in Caffe Cordina. My wife, who uses a wheelchair, required a disabled toilet. We were told there wasn’t one. Caffe Cordina prides itself on the fact that it was...

  • Dangerous structure by the sea

    Dangerous structure by the sea

    I would like to know who had the brilliant idea of erecting a pontoon on the rocks beneath Ġnien Pembroke. This structure is not only an eyesore, as can be seen in the photograph, but is also hazardous with sharp edges and protruding bolts. Also,...

  • Cleansing Department’s good work

    I would like to thank the Cleansing Department for taking enforcement measures against those who persist in dumping illegal waste and congratulate them for also bringing the culprits to justice. Can I also ask whether this service can be extended...

  • Please treat the animals well

    Visiting this year’s Fiera l-Kbira, I took a look at the much- discussed animal park on the Montekristo Estates since I remembered some kind of discussion about it the previous month and therefore wanted to form my own impression. With no...

  • A hefty increase in bus fares

    A hefty increase in bus fares

    Those who help reduce traffic jams are being punished. Like many other customers, I recently became a victim of the unbelievable tariff policy of Malta Public Transport. On July 1, the 24-hour ticket jumped up from €1.50 to €2, a hefty 33 per cent...

  • Difficult job to stay ‘active’

    I read with interest the leader of July 14 about pension reform. It is good to read that “the strategy group is encouraging people to stay at work after their retirement age”. However, I fear that this is all pie in the sky as I have learnt from...

  • Taste of one’s own medicine

    If only all humans have their skin colour changed every now and then. White man becomes black and black man becomes white so that racists will then get to know how it feels to be discriminated against. Maybe, then, racism will cease to exist.

  • Value of law on vilification

    It has recently been communicated that there will be the complete elimination of articles 163 and 164 of the Criminal Code. This would amount to decriminalising the vilification of the Roman Catholic Apostolic religion and other religions. In his...

  • Funny business on the buses

    Having decided to change our evening routine, on July 7 we crossed over by ferry to Marsamxett for a pleasant walk along the bastions, had a drink and returned to Sliema just after 11pm. We then decided to catch a bus to our final destination in...

  • Two paint jobs too many

    Two paint jobs too many

    What an utter waste of money and resources. The LGBTI coloured ‘zebra’ crossing in Victoria was painted over in black, with enormous effort, because somehow it interfered with the horse races for the feast of St George! After the event, six men...

  • Long queue for bus card

    I write to protest about the appalling conditions that those queuing for a bus ticket in Valletta must endure. On Tuesday afternoon this week, I had to stand for 42 minutes in the blazing sun to buy a €21 Explore ticket. There was no shelter from...

  • An eminent friend of Malta

    The many appreciations and tributes to the late Jeremy Boissevain carried in this paper show the high regard in which this eminent friend of Malta was held by all who had the good fortune of coming in touch with him. His Friends of Friends and...

  • Ghost channel

    Diva Channel (Melita 313) kept reminding us all through June that it would close down at the end of that month. When that ultimately happened it was not replaced. In fact, channel 313 has been wiped out from the memory of the viewer. Are we paying...

  • Beach needs better facilities

    Mellieħa Bay is one of our leading beaches and, over the last few years, it has been awarded Blue Flag status. However, it does lack facilities, especially for persons with special needs. There are only three Blue Sticker parking bays among...

  • Bus passes do work

    I’ve left it till all the rhetoric has been said regarding the new Tallinja cards. I would like to congratulate both Malta Public Transport and the government on this initiative, it’s been long awaited. This new system allows people to board a...

  • Bid to speed up boarding

    I refer to the letters ‘Payment for bus journeys’ (July 16). With regard to “speed” and “rapidity”, which were mentioned by Philip Bonello, of Paola, Malta Public Transport noted that, prior to the introduction of the bus card, drivers had to...

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