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Letters

  • Storm hazard at Marsaxlokk

    The bad weather of October 6 caused one of the ships berthed at the Freeport to cut its moorings and drift away from the jetty. This confirms what many experts have been saying: the gas storage tanker permanently moored within Marsaxlokk Bay poses...

  • Lessons from Car Free Day

    September’s ‘Car Free Day’ was viewed by several commentators as a dismal failure, but was it? One of the problems with the day is that it’s a concept we as a nation have not yet grasped, as has the rest of Europe. Firstly there isn’t a choice of...

  • Crossed wires

    Crossed wires

    It’s such a great pity that so many balconies in the modern town of Pembroke have wires and cables hanging just above people’s heads. They look dangerous and are so ghastly and unsightly. Is it possible that our town planner never thought of...

  • Cars in the city

    The appearance of parked cars in St George’s Square, Valletta was noted in On The Dot (October 6). Anyone walking the pedestrian area of Merchants Street in the evenings will have noticed that both parked and moving cars are on the increase. This...

  • Respect for Valletta’s fortifications

    A short time ago I researched the Piano project in Valletta for a major story I have written for Asia’s premier travel and lifestyle magazine, which will be published at the beginning of next year. I note with great dismay that the garden that...

  • A visitor’s views on the bus service

    After a visit to Malta, both my friend and I agree with the article written by Frank Salt. What he said about the buses was very good, however, why is overcrowding allowed? We were often subjected to overcrowding, pushing, shoving and bad manners...

  • Officer and a gentleman

    The passing away of Antoine Pace Bonello at the venerable age of 93 has been received with sadness by the many members of the George Cross Island Association both in the United Kingdom as well as in Malta. He was, from the very early days of...

  • Medicine prices

    I refer to a recent article urging people to ask for generic medication rather than brand names because generics are cheaper. That is all well and good but even generics are much more expensive in Malta than in other countries. A case in point...

  • Force feeding hunger striker

    In a move that champions justice through transparency, a judge in the US, presiding over the case of force feeding of a hunger striking Syrian national imprisoned without trial for 12 years and actually ordered for release a full five...

  • Smart meters for the boathouses at Armier

    Smart meters for the boathouses at Armier

    With reference to the report of October 8, under the title ‘Rewarding theft of public land is madness – Busuttil’, Armier Developments Limited (ADL), in its own name and on behalf of the committees of Armier Boathouses Owners, declares that, at...

  • Stable income for pensioners

    On September 28, a government consultation meeting on a national strategy for ageing was held in St Paul’s Bay. Parliamentary Secretary for the Elderly Justine Caruana addressed the audience, where she said: “Tell us what you want.” Further on,...

  • Bikini case

    The letter from Peter Apap Bologna (The Sunday Times of Malta, September 28) about my sister-in-law’s bikini case quotes extracts from Dodo Lees’ autobiography which, unbeknown to him, are erroneous. Dodo, charged by Dom Mintoff to get tourism...

  • Maltese spelling of English words

    I refer to the letter by Joseph Muscat (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 10) about the Maltese spelling of English words and their plural. He has no cause to worry about having to use words like ‘imejlijiet’ for the plural of the noun. The...

  • The jug theory of learning

    Josephine Gatt-Ciancio’s letter, ‘A future individual educational system’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, October 5), was thought provoking, but ultimately unproductive. Her suggestion that each child should have “a personal curriculum, based on what...

  • Poor bus service from Ċirkewwa

    On arrival at Ċirkewwa after taking the 9pm boat trip to Malta from Gozo one has to wait until 10pm for the next bus. If one wants to go to Sliema, the bus from Ċirkewwa leaves at 10.30pm. The problem is solved by catching the 10pm bus and...

  • There are harsh penalties for shooting protected birds

    I refer to the letter, ‘Big game hunters’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, October 5), by Gordon Haines. Haines informs us that a man in Scotland was fined £500 (€634) for shooting a protected eagle in the Scottish Highlands. I would like to inform him...

  • Thanks from Brazil

    I would like to heartily thank the Mission Fund for the regular contributions to help me and the community of the Franciscan Order of the Sacred Heart of Jesus fulfil our missionary work in Brazil. We have already established a day centre in...

  • Battle dress cloth shoulder titles of KOMR

    Battle dress cloth shoulder titles of KOMR

    What a pleasure it is to read in two successive numbers of The Sunday Times of Malta that there are a number of enthusiasts about insignia of Malta’s only infantry regiment, disbanded (again) in 1972. It says something about the spirit of its...

  • Why the difference?

    My 10-year-old granddaughter needed to have a new passport. My daughter produced a new passport photo of the child who was wearing a one centimetre-wide hairband and which by no means was covering any part of the child’s face. The passport officer...

  • Still waiting for change

    It is 2.30am and there is a foul, acrid smell in the air, probably from the sulphurous fumes being vented from the chimneys of the Marsa power station. I go on the roof to breathe some fresh air, but there is none. The plants on my roof garden in...