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Letters

  • Lack of manners

    During the inauguration of the interconnector, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat praised former prime minister Lawrence Gonzi for his foresight. It seems, however, that on this occasion, Simon Busuttil, the Leader of the Opposition, was for some reason...

  • PM’s part in referendum

    PM’s part in referendum

    Last Saturday’s referendum result caught everyone by surprise. It was unexpected by the media, by the political parties, lobby groups and the public. A substantial element of unexpectedness was felt during the Prime Minister’s press conference...

  • Wrong image

    I refer to the item entitled ‘Claim of bad blood is rejected, worker paid’ (April 16), which also featured a negative photographic image of myself with the negative caption ‘The tribunal chairman, Anthony Degiovanni, who was said to have a...

  • Whatever the leader wants

    On my way to vote in the spring hunting referendum, I overheard a man telling another to make sure that he votes Yes because his leader would be voting Yes. What small minds some people have! No wonder we lost a true statesman, Lawrence...

  • You may be a target at ATM

    My wife went to withdraw cash from the Bank of Valletta ATM on Independence Street, Victoria, last Monday. She became aware of a young couple ‘shoulder surfing’ her. She withdrew and offered to allow the couple to go ahead. The man was wearing...

  • Alternattiva deserves support

    I am sad and very disappointed at Malta missing such a golden opportunity to stop spring hunting once and for all. I’m also angry at our two main political leaders, especially the Prime Minister who helped the Yes vote in no small way. He insults...

  • Warriors and heroes

    It is left to one’s imagination to interpret Amber’s video of Warrior. Both the singer and the song are truly impeccable. However, how can one give a meaning any other way when the whole video demonstrates gloom and a melancholy, faceless...

  • Britain doing fine,thanks

    The letter that was published on April 10, written from the comfort of Longview, in Texas by James Marples, opines that Britain deserves a new Prime Minister. Britain’s economy is growing at its fastest rate since 2007; Britain had the highest...

  • Did the people speak or not?

    I have found it quite mind-boggling how, just hours after the referendum result was announced, all that talk we had heard coming from Shout and its array of supporters in the English language newspapers, that “this time the Maltese people...

  • Hunters’ rights and the environment

    Various commentators are presenting different factors which contributed to the referendum result, such as solidarity or scaremongering, or the Labour Party backing the Yes campaign. However, the fact that the Yes campaign was positive...

  • Poor weather

    The former format of the Melita weather forecast on their cable television was easier to follow than the current one. As it stands now, the forecast occupies only a small portion of the TV screen and the forecast moves forward too quickly. There’s...

  • The Referenda Act: a warning

    The Referenda Act: a warning

    In the wake of the spring hunting referendum result, the spokeswoman for the Yes campaign, Kathleen Grima, asserted that she would like to see the Referenda Act amended so that any future referendum could be challenged in court on the basis of...

  • Portable weighbridges

    Anyone driving in Malta will notice damaged manhole and drain grate fittings and their surrounds as well as the numerous potholes. Roads and ancillary fittings are designed to take vehicles up to a certain weight. It will come as no surprise to...

  • Not enough benches

    The newly-installed benches in the Buġibba/Qawra promenade are of a higher quality than the older ones because they are much more comfortable. However, the people making use of this promenade in summer as part of their relaxation and exercise are...

  • Neglected Garden of Serenity

    Neglected Garden of Serenity

    It had been a few years since I last visited the Garden of Serenity (better known as the Chinese Garden) in Santa Lucia but, being such a lovely day, I decided to take my 92-year-old mother there. It was a real shock. A lot of work was recently...

  • Malta-made baroque music

    Silvio Camilleri is currently presenting on Campus FM a series of programmes featuring Baroque music. This week, he chose works by Maltese composers and I am bound to say how grateful and fortunate we classical music lovers are to hear music...

  • Bring back the circus animals

    After last Saturday’s referendum, when the people democratically voted Yes for spring hunting, I believe that this democratic country should reconsider the legislation that banned circus animals. I am a circus enthusiast myself and have to either...

  • The surplus… of bad roads

    Official figures showed a €49.7 million surplus in public finances. For the first time in recent history, the national debt has gone down mainly due to proceeds from the EU and, to a lesser extent, income tax, licences, taxes, fines and VAT. Lower...

  • Formula 1 is just boring

    Formula 1 is just boring

    I am a keen follower of Formula 1 racing who tries not to miss the live transmission of each race. However, I find that the excitement of former races has died away or, more like it, has been killed. Take last weekend’s China Grand Prix, which had...

  • An expatriate who wanted to vote

    On the front page of Times of Malta on Saturday, it was stated that “History will also be made today because 16-year-olds are voting for the first time in the local elections”. Well, I am incensed that I could not vote in the referendum or in any...

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