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Letters

  • Doctoral devaluation

    An unexpected, though insightful and thought-provoking, comment I was privy to recently runs as follows:  there is hardly any point in proceeding from a master’s to a Ph.D level when all you need for a law doctorate in Malta is a copy of...

  • A material change

    A material change

    May I reply to the last two paragraphs in Joseph Muscat’s letter ‘A great Great Britain’ (July 12)? He refers to the ‘opportunism’ of Scotland’s woman leader, Nicola Sturgeon. Possibly he may not be aware of the following facts. The SNP manifesto...

  • True peace

    Everyone is longing for peace. The wicked person tries to find peace in doing sin but he is going astray. Just people long for peace by obeying the law of God. We must live peace in three stages: peace with God, peace with ourselves and peace with...

  • PA permit vote

    I refer with disgust to the item ‘PA revokes permit after making “mistake”’ (July 15). It was reported that the PA revoked a permit for an information kiosk in St Julian’s saying it made a “mistake” during the application process. It was also...

  • ETC rebranding

    I refer to the item ‘Rebranding of ETC is raising eyebrows’(July 15). The report is factually wrong regarding my involvement in the Jobsplus rebranding process. I was not involved in the decision-making process, approval and commissioning of the...

  • Printing job

    Reference is made to the report entitled ‘Rebranding of ETC is raising eyebrows’ (July 15). The report alleges that Velprint Limited has received direct orders from JobsPlus for the rebranding exercise of the Employment and Training...

  • St Paul’s Bay officers’ club

    St Paul’s Bay officers’ club

    When my father, Ronald Piper (pictured in Valletta in July 1952), was fresh out of RAF training from Cranwell, England as a 19-year-old navigator in 1952, his first task with a similarly green crew on a Vickers Valetta T3 was to “ find Malta” (the...

  • Modern bus terminus

    Modern bus terminus

    Nobody has yet found the right solution for the increase in traffic jams on Maltese roads. The most important thing that nobody is taking into consideration is the cost of land, which is calculated by the square metre. The road licence (as it is...

  • Political posturing

    Simon Busuttil keeps rubbishing his own statements, which he would have made in the past. Both before and after the last general election, he had praised to high heaven Lawrence Gonzi both as PN leader and also as prime minister. On July 10, this...

  • Poor Maltese

    Students are doing badly in their Maltese exams because they don’t read in their mother tongue. There’s no excuse because there is plenty of good Maltese literature. For the past 15 years I’ve been writing specifically for Maltese teenagers and...

  • Illogical reasoning

    The item ‘Illegal storage facility “set for sanctioning”’ (July 8) makes some distressing reading. My question is: how many people must one employ to have an illegality legalised? Using the same argument, all the enforcement notices issued to the...

  • Unanswered

    So much for a government that listens. I sent a registered letter to the Ministry of Education back in April regarding a childcare service issue but I never even received an acknowledgement.

  • New high-rise city

    New high-rise city

    Some 400 years after the Knights of St John erected 30 watch towers to protect our islands from invading forces, our nation is about to embark on another exercise of tower building but this time each tower will be about 20 times higher or should I...

  • More of the same

    James Walker’s letter (‘Let them fly’, July 12), epitomises ignorance on the subject matter and goes well beyond the ridiculous. With 800,000 ‘bird killers’ in the UK, an estimated 23,000,000 birds shot each year and a year-long period to shoot...

  • Hands off Gozo ministry

    Speaking in Parliament on June 6, Franco Mercieca, a Labour MP elected for the first time in the last general election from Gozo, bluntly stated that “While Gozo will remain a single region on the regional committee, the tunnel will remove the...

  • Plain language

    Henry Frendo (July 7) again chose to misinterpret my words. On matters relating to language, I generally describe what occursin some common everyday situations of our contemporary society. I don’t dictate or impose anything. (Who said that we are...

  • Vilification of religion as a criminal act

    In my unsolicited but democratic opinion, our parliamentarians in general really have no shame. The law against vilification (articles 163-165 of our ‘new’ Criminal Code) was never “first introduced in 1933” as our MPs have had reported in various...

  • No planning for Brexit

    I believe Brexit was the result of three main issues: immigration, the north/south divide in England and the protests of the elderly who have to exist on a basic State pension of £150 (€178) per week. One Labour MP canvassing for a Remain vote...

  • England, Italy football rivalry

    This year’s European Championship didn’t generate much rivalry among Italy and England fans, as unfortunately both teams didn’t make it past the semi-finals. Foreigners who are not acquainted with Malta’s history easily become puzzled when they...

  • The need for a crematorium

    Can someone explain to me why in this day and age, Malta does not have a crematorium? I read in The Sunday Times of Malta of July 3 that gravediggers face deadly health risks when ‘cleaning’ graves. How is this possible in this day and age? And...

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