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Letters

  • A professional gentleman

    With the passing away of Victor Griffiths, Malta, and especially Maltese medicine, has lost a man of the highest calibre. I crossed paths with Griffiths at several stages of my surgical training and at all times I was impressed by two of his many...

  • Contrasting views of April

    The first days of April made me think of the way this month is described in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (1394) and in T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922). The tones and mood are totally different, reflecting the age in which the poems were...

  • Inconvenient public convenience

    Last week, I happened to be in the vicinity of the King George V recreational gardens, in Floriana. As I had half an hour to kill before my appointment, I found myself wandering around this extremely beautiful garden. I was very impressed with the...

  • Who gets priority on boarding?

    Priority boarding is a recipe for even more complaints and arguments on the quay. At peak times, there are already insufficient lanes for ‘normal’ traffic. Where would the priority lane go? In any case, MPs (and ministers, of course), police cars...

  • Ukraine questions

    Time is running out for the European Union and the United States to unite and adopt a solid resolution about Ukraine. The one and only Vladimir Putin, the bully of Russia, has vowed to destroy the State of Ukraine. By encouraging and supporting...

  • Bring back Latin tuition

    For many years, the Department of Classics and Archaeology has been teaching Latin to Seminarians at the University of Malta. Horatio Vella, at the behest of Mgr Vincent Borg, in 1989, then Dean of the Faculty of Theology, devised a programme of...

  • Why mixed-ability classes tend to fail

    With the announcement by the Ministry of Education that banding may be introduced in Year 5 and Year 6 as from the next scholastic year, educationists, parents and all those who have education at heart, are questioning the validity of such a...

  • In need of refurbishment

    Busloads of people, both local and foreign, visit Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary in Għarb, every day. The toilets in the vicinity are large enough to take a wheelchair, yet access to them is difficult. The high step at the entrance makes it out of bounds for...

  • Legally obliged to sign the Bill

    Please permit me to reply to Fr Joe Borg’s article ‘Avoiding the short cut to chaos’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, April 6) in which he chose to misinterpret something I had written in Times of Malta. I shall confine myself to two points. First, of...

  • They too deserve to be remembered

    Tessa Anastasi of Swieqi’s view (‘Remembering World War I’, The Sunday Times of Malta, April 6) that there are indeed “many other Maltese descendants of people who died or fought in this war [World War I]” is indeed shared by many. One such group...

  • Health service problems

    Speaking about the need for a better health service, the new Parliamentary Secretary for Health Chris Fearne said in an interview last week (‘Our enemy is disease, not the nurses union’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, April 6), that: “The problems are...

  • No Plan B

    It is with interest to hear that the government has decided to lease 45 buses from the UK for a year. It is very evident that after disposing of Arriva and assuring us that there was a Plan B, there was no such thing. It has been quite evident...

  • Powerless

    I wish to bring to the attention of the minister concerned and appeal to Enemalta to rectify the inconvenience that we, the residents of part of Triq Il-Linja, Attard, have been going through for at least eight months. For instance, we had no...

  • Alternative racecourse

    As I write, the major Victoria-Nadur road is closed to allow cycle racing (sometimes it is closed for horse racing). The main alternative route out of the village is (and here is a surprise) blocked by a crane. However, Gozo has a plot of land...

  • Blinded by the light

    When I first heard about the Żurrieq incident on the news I knew almost at once that it was due to overexposure to UV rays. As a welder, I suffered from this effect during my younger days. However, what concerns me is how this could happen to the...

  • Tying the gay knot

    John Azzopardi, ‘Lull after the storm’ (April 7), believes in God but not in gay marriage. He keeps saying that gay marriage is non-existent but the thing is this: we have still got no evidence that God exists but ample evidence that gay marriage...

  • Robbed over medicine

    I refer to Maureen German’s letter ‘Pills dearer in Malta’ (April 4). The European Commissioner’s reply to her, that the scandalous prices of medicines in Malta “may be due to the small market”, is very unconvincing, to say the least. Were this to...

  • Beliefs and public duty

    Several correspondents have expressed approval of Martin Scicluna’s articles. I’m one of his admirers. Not only do I read his articles but I actually keep them. In his latest article, ‘A discordant swansong’ (April 2), Scicluna criticised George...

  • Tribute to a surgical leader

    Some losses are hard to bear when viewed in the mirror of one’s lifetime. This is clearly significant with the departure from this life of Victor Griffiths, so well known to me as a teacher, fellow surgeon and a most humane mentor throughout...

  • Serenity and utter solitude

    Easter is within reach and a short break from politics is a must. It is an absolute joy to be away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and, for a couple of days, escape to the Alps where serenity and solitude walk hand in hand. The...

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