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Letters

  • The end of travel?

    A veteran American financial and geopolitical analyst has been predicting for several years the coming “age of religious wars” and the coming “end of travel”. Unfortunately, his predictions appear to be coming true right before our very...

  • A swimming pool for Gozo

    I read with interest about the proposal being considered by the government to build a second national swimming pool on the island of Malta. What about Gozo? We have no swimming facilities here at all but plenty of Gozitan residents who would...

  • Interact with birds not kill them

    Interact with birds not kill them

    We should interact with birds, which are marvellous creatures. Birds are intelligent animals. In fact, they have the intelligence of eight-year-old children and as our offspring have feelings, whether a person likes them or not, so do the...

  • Reflections on the Presidency

    In response to Martin Spillane (January 12), I would reiterate that the Presidency is not part of the Executive (the government) and, as such, it has no executive (that is, governmental) powers. As guardian of the Constitution, which...

  • Bicycle contra-flows

    The Bicycle Advocacy Group recently published a press release calling on councils and Transport Malta to make bicycle commuting in their localities one of their New Year’s resolutions. One of the methods suggested was to use bicycle contra-flows...

  • Repeating untruths

    For reasons known only to himself, Mark Anthony Falzon in his commentary in The Sunday Times of Malta on January 11, repeated once more an untruth he occasionally writes about me. It is not true that in 2004 or in any other year, I took the...

  • Destination death in Malta

    The report on the recent horrendous tragedy on the sea front in Tower Road, Sliema, attracted 173 comments on timesofmalta.com at the time of writing. It is worrying that there were virtually no expressions of outrage at this obscene event. We...

  • MPs’ honoraria

    While reviewing the defunct newspaper Il-Berqa, (December 18, 1947), published for a very long time by Allied Newspapers Ltd, I came across the editor’s comment on the salary of ministers and MPs, approved by the then Legislative Assembly The...

  • Peppi’s puppets

    I never watch the television programme Xarabank but a friend who does told me that last Friday’s programme was, as always when a sensitive issue is discussed, a one-sided panel show. It seems Peppi Azzopardi makes sure the panel members hold his...

  • A warranted declaration by Maltese clergy

    The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, with priests from America, Britain, Australia and Ireland, met in Rome between January 5 and 9 and discussed issues relating to the forthcoming Synod on the Family in response to the Holy Father’s call for...

  • Freedom of expression, but at what cost?

    The atrocities and killing of innocent people in France have shocked the free world and put into question one of the fundamental rights of democracy – freedom of expression. Living in a democratic country and being one who relishes the value of...

  • Marsa golf course is an asset

    Marsa golf course is an asset

    Being an environmentalist, I admire the tenacity of Alan Deidun in defending the diminishing Maltese countryside (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 11). However, the Marsa golf course is now bereft of the mosquito-ridden marsh that spanned an...

  • Artistic monuments should be shifted

    Recently we were regaled by TVM with beautiful images of the statues of Maltese patriots, historians, statesmen, philanthropists and artists lining The Mall in Floriana. These monuments, mostly by famous Maltese sculptors such as the Sciortino...

  • Gridlock and confusion

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the person (I assume from Transport Malta) who planned the major diversion as part of the Salina Coast Road project on January 9. Firstly, for the great idea of making the changes during the Friday...

  • Protecting minorities

    I would like to ask – since some show disgust at the hunting of birds – what is the general feeling about fish suffocating to death after being caught in a net or pulled out of the water once hooked? Are meat eaters conscious of the fact that all...

  • Pino Daniele

    Italian television stations recently paid tribute to the late Neapolitan singer Pino Daniele. Personally, I have not heard much of his songs and so I was intrigued by his massive popularity. In one of the programmes it was pointed out that 200,000...

  • Lessons to learn (1)

    Lessons to learn (1)

    It was great to see all the heads of State and of government and all the people who filled the streets of Paris last Sunday. Unity marches (right) serve a purpose as they help cool heads but no matter how many unity marches we organise, it’s the...

  • Lessons to learn (2)

    There many things that should be said about the terrorist attacks in Paris, including denouncing the cold-blooded murder of an innocent co-religionist. However, there is one thing that needs to be said to the many sycophants who crowded Paris:...

  • The West is not to blame

    Some of Richard Galustian’s statements (‘Tragedy of two Libyas’, January 9) deserve comment, lest he thinks everybody agrees with them. He claims Iraq’s invasion bred the new hyper-terrorist. Al-Qaeda’s killing of 3,000 people in New York preceded...

  • Bottle of water but no cup

    On Air Malta flights all we are going to get is bread and water, with the roll (not a baguette) no bigger than 6cm. My main objection, though, is that they expect you to drink the water direct from the bottle. Were we not told many times not to...