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Letters

  • Destruction of trees

    You would think that with so much emphasis being put on the protection of the environment we would have our minds at rest with regard to trees, those that remain, anyway. But no. We are still seeing orders being carried out to butcher beautiful...

  • Fraudulent practices

    In my banking days, if a ‘successful’ businessman presented annual financial statements showing abnormally hefty losses, I would ask him: where have the profits gone? There are various ‘devious’ ways of creating such a situation, such as ‘phantom’...

  • Overdevelopment and overcrowding

    Overdevelopment and overcrowding

    I believe it is time for our political leaders to address the chronic overcrowding that is occurring in Malta. Surely, our economists and politicians can come up with economic growth/value adding policies that don’t rely on the easy option and...

  • Let’s protect children

    I would like to draw the attention of the Church’s Safeguarding Commission in their task to safeguard the innocent and vulnerable. It has become common practice to involve children from seven years, even younger, to participate in local soap...

  • Disservice

    Recently, while walking to catch a bus to take me from Mater Dei Hospital to home I realised we had a new ‘bus service’ running. This is the ‘Not in service’ service. Yes, that is what it must be called because nine, yes, nine, ‘not in service’...

  • In the dark

    Does it take much to repair a street light? The light at the corner on the steps in St Anthony Street, Valletta was reported faulty on March 30 with a reminder sent on April 18 and another on May 9.  Yet, the area is still blacked out. What do we...

  • Turbulent flight

    On a recent flight, there was a drunk, rowdy group in rows 26 and 27 and we were all in for a dreadful journey. They were noisy while boarding but things got worse once they found their seats and consumed duty-free vodka before we even took...

  • The old buses

    The old buses

    Until a few months ago, several old buses had been on our roads since as far back as the 1950s and these were an attraction in themselves. Today, such buses are government property and there are no future plans for them. Would it not be a good...

  • Prevalence of diabetes

    In commending George Debono for his piece on “the two national scourges” last Saturday and, especially, appreciating his promotion of healthier diets and lifestyle, may I point out that the local prevalence rate for type II diabetes is nowhere...

  • Repeat TV programmes

    Correspondents complaining about repeated TV programmes should see beyond Melita and GO. I am no fan of TV service providers but one has to look at the entire picture. Apart from the pay-on-demand options, the local service providers air - in real...

  • Panama revelations

    In the midst of the current controversy on the Panama Papers revelations, I am tempted to resort to Voltaire’s dictum: “There are pious people among us but where are the wise ones?”

  • Weekend vandalism

    Vandals threw tables and windows from the roof of the old Holiday Inn building in Tigne Street, Sliema, last weekend. It is becoming a regular occurrence. Perhaps this is to be expected when developers just abandon a building unsecured for years...

  • Long-term dangers

    In recent weeks, the Italian Treasury published certain observations that resulted from studies into the possible long-term consequences to the British economy should the referendum be followed by a Brexit from the European Union. The Italian...

  • Olives and oleanders

    Olives and oleanders

    The recent episode of brutal tree ‘pruning’ at the University brought to mind another even more destructive tree slaying, which seems to have been passed over in silence. Many years go, when Juanito Camilleri was head of IT at the University, he...

  • The decline of faith

    In his letter on the Catholic Church, John Azzopardi quoted a book on the alleged “triumph” of faith (April 1). This claim is no longer true in contemporary Europe. The decline of faith can be traced back to the publication of The revolutions of...

  • Animal cruelty

    I read the report on the chained and abused dog (April 29). Over the 21 years I have lived here, I noticed the total lack of concern for animal welfare. Animal Rights Parliamentary Secretary Roderick Galdes should do what he’s paid for and have...

  • Road safety measures

    Under the pretence of “expressing constructive criticism as his civic duty”, Jean Karl Soler has written a  bizarre opinion piece that renders  a disservice to the interests of road safety. His argument that lowering speed limits will not...

  • Builders and vacant properties

    Builders and vacant properties

    Sandro Chetcuti, president of the Malta Developers’ Association, does not seem to understand that the underpinning of wise developmental and environmental policies are statistical figures. At a recent conference he reportedly first fobbed off the...

  • Something to shout about

    Malta sometimes describes itself as an “IT centre”, although I don’t really understand why, since its domestic IT is nothing to write home about (unless ‘home’ is only Malta and writing means sending in complaints via this newspaper). It calls...

  • Newspaper’s small print

    I read the Times of Malta every day. I admit a 90-year-old-man should not grumble but may I ask why all the news and features are now printed in six point? I understand that the reason for this is to get more information into the pages but may I...

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