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Letters

  • Just not good enough

    Bernard Vassallo’s justified lament (September 21) about the ‘guide’ at St John’s Co-Cathedral who can only speak English, should serve to bring all and sundry who have any decision-making powers (be they employers, government decision-makers,...

  • Gozo growth

    It is very encouraging to see the sustained growth in different market sectors in Gozo. In this respect, it is important to have the right infrastructure supporting such growth. With this in mind, I would like to flag the disastrous road outside...

  • Poor telephone service

    To ignore that the provision of most services to people, by both the government and private business, is today close to being totally dependent on a fully effective and efficient use of the telephone is tantamount to burying one’s head into the sand.

  • Modern-day atrocities

    Much has been written about historic atrocities, including those by the Nazis. Some of the worst included the elimination of terminally-ill people, deformed children and the handicapped. Therefore, I ask: are we now reverting to the same methods...

  • Cleaning jobs

    Unemployment has always been a problem in every country. Some handle the matter wisely though many still suffer due to lack of jobs. Jobs can easily be created with regard to cleanliness. Workers are needed to clean up localities at least three...

  • Phone update

    If I am not mistaken, it is about at least seven or eight years now since we have had a new updated telephone directory. Can something be done about this? Is it not about time we had an updated one?

  • Dangerous pavements

    Dangerous pavements

    Many of the pavements around the St Julian’s area are very dangerous and need urgent attention. The pavement running alongside Spinola Park, near the Portomaso circle, is particularly dangerous, especially at night. Three evenings ago, my...

  • The most qualified to run for president

    I find it rather strange why political observers in the United States are advising Hillary Clinton to close the ‘Clinton Foundation’ and remain silent about Donald Trump’s myriad business interests? Recently, I came across an interesting article...

  • Foreign masters’ mark

    Foreign masters’ mark

    It is odd how Thomas Zerafa’s letter (‘The French connection’, September 15) followed my contribution about the George Cross on Malta’s flag (September 6). However, for the sake of certain points raised by the contributor, readers might find the...

  • Polluting diesel cars

    I ride my bike all over the little island of Gozo and love the challenging steep climbs and fast descents and the wonderful scenery all around. The only downside to this healthy pleasure (other than the occasional appalling road surface) is the...

  • Efficiency

    Allow me to thank the technical service of Melita for their prompt and efficient service. Our internet/phone service failed one Tuesday and we phoned Melita that same evening. The following day, their technician called at our house and informed us...

  • Power games

    The TVM evening news on August 24 carried an item about electricity failure and, standing tall near the engineer in charge, I could see Konrad Mizzi, the former energy and health minister. Or is he still? Some months ago, following the Panama...

  • Religious conversions

    In my last letter, the emphasis of the triumph of faith was on the Far East but John Guillaumier conveniently fired a salvo sounding the knell of traditional religion in Europe. But I had said I like to hear a symphony up to its exciting end. It’s...

  • Credibility

    Opposition leader Simon Busuttil should be consistent if he wants to be credible. He cannot one day deplore that Malta’s name is being made muck by the government, as he says, and then express pleasure that the Nationalist MEPs joined the EPP...

  • Plain, simple language

    Plain, simple language

    During a visit to St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta (picture), I enquired with a foreign-looking, young blonde female guide about a detail of an inscription high up in the nave. She referred me to an expert tile restorer who was busy working on...

  • The horse has bolted

    Elizabeth Lockhead, in her letter ‘Saving the Island’, bemoans the architectural decline of St Julian’s bay and wonders if there is a preservation society for the area. If there is, all I can say is I would hate to imagine what the bay would look...

  • Doctor’s orders

    The surgeon of my choice did not accept my orthopaedic appointment and I was sent to another surgeon at Floriana health centre. Is that ethical? Just because he saw me once or twice years ago, surely, he cannot profess that my ‘illness’ has...

  • Foreshore and Roman law

    Foreshore and Roman law

    The Gżira local council is to be congratulated for taking up the cudgel to defend the Gżira citizens’ legitimate rights of access to the Manoel Island foreshore. This right is determined by the universally recognised Roman law and enshrined in our...

  • VAT on pastries

    On September 9, I called the VAT office as I wanted to ask some questions about VAT on food. After waiting 15 minutes on the phone, I was put through to customer care.  Still no answer. I called again and was told that customer care is not...

  • Our own airline

    What a disastrous, demeaning and shambolic situation Air Malta finds itself in. Dealing with Alitalia, a company that is bankrupt, losing €500,000 a day as openly declared by its chairman and boasting that it will not cost them a cent to acquire...

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