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Letters

  • Relic of brush with European history

    In reference to Fr Mark Cauchi’s plea (The Sunday Times of Malta, March 15) regarding the old street name of Rue de l’Egalité (not Liberté) in Valletta, may I share the good news that action is finally being taken after 217 years by the...

  • The referendum

    In less than a month’s time most of us will be voting in the referendum on hunting in spring. Perhaps very few people have realised the importance of this referendum. In an election the electorate votes for its favourite party’s programme in general.

  • Archbishop Scicluna’s principles

    In his letter ‘The Church must act’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, March15), Amabile Galea said: “I would like to know Scicluna’s views on contraception within marriage and the receiving of Communion by remarried divorcees”. Archbishop Charles...

  • Branding a new Malta

    We are told that Malta is buzzing. In the words of a euphoric Prime Minister in the aftermath of two years of a Labour administration, this is a time for change, renewal and modernity. But is Malta really changing? As we bask in the glow of a...

  • Still dangerous

    Still dangerous

    Following my letter ‘Dangerous pavement’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, March 15), I received an e-mail from the Senglea local council which stated: “Regarding the fixing of the open hole in front of Block 5A, contractor has closed it off once...

  • Motorised bicycles

    I am writing to express my concern regarding the increasing number of young people driving what I can only describe as motorised bicycles. The Saturday before last I was crossing a pedestrian crossing in Rabat at about 8.30pm. Two cars had already...

  • Think twice before you park

    May I make an appeal to all drivers to think before they park and never block the pavements’ disabled access ramps. I also appeal to all drivers to stand up for the disabled as well as pushchair and pram users and honk their horn every time they...

  • What culture?

    Recently there has been a lot of talk about ‘culture’ in Malta and how highly regarded it is. May I ask what sort of ‘culture’ is this when anything attractive is removed and replaced with nothing but open spaces, apparently so beloved by our...

  • Ping pong accusations

    There they go at it again with the ping pong accusations of the honoraria. Whom are we to believe? There is only one way to settle the comic tragic saga of the honoraria that has been dragging on for years. The Ministry of Finance has the means...

  • Dimech dismissed too hastily

    Dimech dismissed too hastily

    Columnist Ivan Fenech has a critical mind, an incisive pen and a perfect command of English, however, it is sad to see him in an all too partisan fashion repeatedly dismissing Manuel Dimch as ‘a criminal’ (March 10). I do not think much of the...

  • The Pope’s conversion

    Pope Francis is now 78 years old. He was born the eldest son in a family of five from Italian immigrants from Piedmont in 1933 in Flores, Buenos Aires. Having briefly had a girlfriend and helplessly dreamed of one during his Jesuit studies, he...

  • Translating Ebejer

    Please allow me to put the record straight. It was Francis Ebejer (1925-1993) himself who had asked for a Maltese translation of his novel Requiem for a Malta Fascist a couple of years before his death. The cultural dominance of Maltese...

  • Defence of the realm

    In Malta, rumours travel fast by word of mouth. Though the Prime Minister has tried to allay fears, Maltese hearts and minds are not entirely persuaded. Malta’s army and police force are limited in numbers. Thus, in an emergency they...

  • Wither Maltese?

    After reading Henry Frendo’s article ‘Language or hotchpotch’ (March 3), I would like to pose just one question: do the powers that be really have the Maltese language at heart? I personally believe that all this shows that some ulterior...

  • Trash in the countryside

    After reading Times of Malta, I thought about the very positive impact it would have on a tourist if the whole island, including its countryside and pathways, could be kept cleaner. It would not be difficult to organise (I have done so in France)...

  • Suffering in silence

    The dramatic tale of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished into thin air on March 8, 2014, is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in aviation history! No bodies and not a trace of debris from the plane have been found. Nothing...

  • Special court

    With so many allegations of corruption surfacing on a daily basis, should there not be an ad hoc court of justice dedicated solely to expediting decisions?    

  • A true son of Malta

    Maurice Caruana Curran, who lived through most of our cultural and political history of the last century and into a venerable age in the present century, left to his fellow citizens his magna carta through his wisdom, knowledge and vast...

  • Show off traditional means of transport

    Show off traditional means of transport

    With regard to the old Maltese route buses, I have a suggestion to make. The government should get one of the best buses renovated completely and, when looking really grand, it should be placed on the roundabout which is located just outside the...

  • Sustainable local councils

    The National Audit Office recently published the Auditor General’s report on the workings of local government for 2013. The following main common shortcomings were noted: Accounting records do not reflect a true and fair view of the actual...