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Letters

  • A better world

    As a Christian, I believe in a commitment to the common good that will make our world a better place for present and future generations. In my opinion, the common good is based on three fundamental principles: Respect for human dignity. Respect...

  • Unacceptable response time

    I would like to inform the police and the health services that, last week, an accident occurred on Tower Road, Sliema (near the Diplomat Hotel) in which a man was hit by a car and the response time of both the police and the ambulance exceeded 15...

  • Forgotten anniversary

    Among the numerous national events we are commemorating this year, one has not been duly given much importance. The Treaty of Paris was signed on May 30, 1814, ending the war between France and the Sixth Coalition, which had commenced as the...

  • Double marriages

    I refer to the article entitled ‘New President has link to Russia’s royal family’ (April 4). Charles Said Vassallo did not mention that the famous Russian ballerina, Princess Natalie Poutiatine, double married the Maltese, Edgar Tabone. They...

  • Is it Floriana or Furjana?

    Why on earth does the book on Floriana, written by respected author Alessandru Bonnici, carry the title Il-Floriana? I was born and bred in Floriana and, at my advanced age, still have a special feeling for the place but I would never say “Jien...

  • Students against priority boarding

    A priority boarding system is to be introduced by Gozo Channel Company that runs the ferry service between Malta and its sister island. It’s an option that probably many would welcome with open arms. If you are a tourist and have a plane to board,...

  • Half truths

    In his letter ‘Natural born blockers’ (March 28), Joseph Farrugia tries to depict a negative picture of the founding members of the Nationalist Party. He tries to imply that the then Nationalists were trying to block the progress in the supply of...

  • President’s conscience

    In her letter ‘Rights of conscience’ (April 5), Margaret Bianchi took me to task in the matter of former president, George Abela’s overweening conscience for failing to differentiate between the “perspectives of this world” compared with the...

  • Driving better in some ways

    On my recent annual trip to the island I was pleasantly surprised to notice that, thanks to EU funds, many things seem to be improving from year to year. I say year to year and not day to day as change is better observed at long intervals, rather...

  • The overuse of plastic

    As little as a generation ago, the culture of disposable goods was on a much smaller scale than it is nowadays. This photo was taken in an abandoned house in Żabbar. Glass bottles, reusable containers and some other packaging materials can easily...

  • Encroachment in Xlendi

    I refer to the letters entitled ‘Anarchy in Xlendi’ (March 26) and ‘Gozo is great but shame about Xlendi’ (April 5). I have been instructed by the Xlendi administrative committee and the Munxar local council to write the following. Any...

  • When country came first

    The outgoing president’s tenure was an overwhelming success which, in turn, was brought about by the courage of former prime minister Lawrence Gonzi who appointed George Abela from the then Opposition camp (something that, to my knowledge, was a...

  • Silver lining at the bank

    Some weeks ago, I wrote in this column about the bad experience I had when I assisted my sister-in-law at the Żejtun HSBC branch to open a savings account so she could start receiving the widow’s pension. After my letter appeared, the Żejtun...

  • Muscat’s ‘surprises’

    During Times Talk, Godfrey Grima said he was very much impressed by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s forte – a penchant for surprising the public. It was hardly a pleasant surprise to hear Muscat’s reply, that the achievements of his adminis­tration...

  • Thinking palace

    I read that Edward Debono is ‘thinking’ of setting up a Palace of Thinking. I am sure that Dr Debono knows that we now have such a palace, at the Mile End.

  • Freedom Day commemorative medal

    While I was very pleased with all that was done to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Freedom Day, I sorely missed the fact that no mention was made of the noble idea of the then Minister for Culture Agatha Barbara. All school children had...

  • Music as a strong spiritual experience

    I would like to express my sense of awe and appreciation for the beautiful execution of Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem which was performed by the Schola Cantorum Jubilate choir of Gozo. A special thanks should go to Stefan Attard, his companion Silvana...

  • Old habits die hard on buses

    I would like to thank Clint Grech for replying to my letter about the park-and-ride shuttle services. Things are now clearer but how could I know such facts if there are no notices telling passengers what number leads to where and when? These...

  • Great service

    About a fortnight ago, I had a severe eye infection which was getting worse by the minute. I went to the Floriana health centre at around 2.30am since my eyes were sore and in pain. I was immediately referred to Mater Dei Hospital. From the...

  • Just a thought

    Looking again at the luxury yacht from the Saluting Battery, that seems to be permanently berthed in Grand Harbour, the perspective reminded me of a model boat I once saw in my local Mecca toyshop – it cost a pretty penny, but only had a range of...

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