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Letters

  • ‘Dig’ at Pope

    Many like me, I believe, are tired of reading the diatribe offered per-iodically by Joseph Zammit (November 15). His recent contribution, however, cannot pass without proper comment. His fundamentalist crusades during the divorce referendum...

  • Aircraft carriers

    Aircraft carriers belonging to European navies include the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth and the Prince of Wales that will replace the Invincible, the Ark Royal and the Illustrious. The Royal Navy maintains an independent role, aggressively...

  • Two ends of a continuum

    The employment legislation is now becoming a crucial issue as Jean Claude Juncker’s goal is to get everyone employed and productive. Yet, the liberty given to employers who are not bound to provide reasons for dismissal may give rise to...

  • The plague at Xagħra

    The plague at Xagħra

    A few days ago, I finally finished reading a publication entitled A Peste, Fame e Bello Libera Nos Dommine, written by Aaron Attard-Hili to commemorate the plague that hit Xagħra in Gozo 200 years ago. Apart from Attard-Hili, there are many other...

  • Toilet at the cemetery

    Having just attended a funeral Mass at the Addolorata Cemetery’s main chapel, I was disgusted to find the toilet beneath the church in an awful state: crumbling stone steps on the old spiral staircase with iron bannisters coming off the...

  • Beggars on the Strand

    I hereby make particular reference to the Strand, between Gżira and Sliema. As far as I know, begging for money on the streets of Malta was always unacceptable, and rightly so, but of recent it is no longer an uncommon sight. May the...

  • A model politician

    Whoever, like me, enjoyed reading Lino Spiteri’s articles in Times of Malta and The Sunday Times of Malta will be missing him greatly. It was sad news to hear that he passed away. Last Friday, Malta lost a perfect gentleman. Spiteri will not only...

  • What I want for Christmas...

    Christmas is fast approaching with all its love and glory! Apart from peace, happiness and goodwill to all mankind, I want to wake up on Christmas morning like I did as a little boy... I would like to smell the sweet pine needles of the...

  • Oh for decent bus drivers

    I am writing in the hope that someone, high up in the management of the bus service, reads this letter, which refers to a lot of the drivers that are in employment at the present time. It seems to me there are no rules and regulations for...

  • The right to criticise

    I would like to bring it to the attention of Vicky Hampton and 19 others (‘Hands off our parish priest’, November 11) that one has the right, no matter which town one comes from, to criticise the performance of a parish priest, just as...

  • The remains of a formal garden

    The remains of a formal garden

    This picture speaks a thousand words. Why has this happened? Old survey sheets show that this was the entrance to one of Santa Venera’s most extensive formal gardens, possibly dating to the late 18th century. Why hasn’t at least the gate been...

  • Holy icon is debased

    Recent events in local clerical circles have sent shock waves that stunned the people of these islands. Undoubtedly, our religion is at the crossroads, this time round buffeted not by outward malignant forces or political influences but, rather,...

  • Cave houses of Dingli Cliffs

    Cave houses of Dingli Cliffs

    I wonder if readers could help me find information about the cave houses on Dingli cliffs. I was taken to see someone who lived there a few years ago and would like to learn more. Are families still living there? If so, what is their life...

  • Colours of the Maltese festa

    The dazzling splendour of our church interiors and the striking beauty of our artistic statues and street decorations are mirrored in the multi-coloured 300 pages of Ilwien il-Festi Maltin - Colours of Maltese Festas, a bilingual publication...

  • Schools need their bullies

    A funny little article in Times of Malta states that: “Teachers in State schools are now obliged to report cases of bullying to a staff member” in order to “adopt a zero tolerance and proactive attitude towards bullying by strengthening the...

  • A royal bar

    The main church square in Birkirkara is of a higher rank than Buckingham Palace. Why is that? At Buckingham Palace, Prince Philip has his study, Queen Elizabeth II has her banqueting hall. St Helen’s collegiate church square in Birkirkara has...

  • Good service from Enemalta

    We read a lot of letters complaining about poor customer service but recently I had a very positive experience. Last week, with very rough weather conditions hitting Malta, I sustained a power cut at my property in Marsalforn. I tried to phone...

  • Where was God?

    On August 5, 1914, the Governor of Malta, Sir Leslie Rundle, made the following statement: “We hereby announce the outbreak of hostilities in humble trust in the guidance and protection of Divine Providence.” At about the same time, a circular was...

  • Hunting, votes... logic

    Comparisons are odious. In Europe there are some seven million hunters in an area of 1.7 million square miles and a population of well over five billion. In Malta, there are an estimated 10,000 hunters with a population of 420,000 inhabitants in...

  • Control the importation of used vehicles

    Lord Strickland is said to have once defined us as “Maltese gemgem”. We moan about everything under the sun, including the sun itself. At the same time, we rarely take a look inwards to see whether we are also at fault. We moan about the traffic...