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Letters

  • Festa Rizzi

    I visited Festa Rizzi recently with some friends and it was a great disappointment for us. We arrived at 8.30pm and proceeded to get some food. After waiting for 15 minutes, we found out that you had to pay the cashier first (no signs anywhere).

  • Unconvincing statistics

    The article written by Jean Karl Soler (May 30) may have given us objective evidence on shooting ranges worldwide but it is anything but objective writing. The fact the project has not been given “widespread support” should have made him sit back...

  • An idyllic environment

    History has honoured Malta with praiseworthy appellations: Nurse of the Mediterranean, George Cross Island and Indomitable Aircraft Carrier. All are deserving expressions of truth. However, my favourite is the Italian Fior del Mondo. It is right...

  • Modern-day manderaggio

    Modern-day manderaggio

    Quite a few years back, if I remember correctly, a forward-looking opinion writer had remarked that the structural complex at Tigné peninsula was starting to look more like a modern manderaggio, the likes of which Valletta had once been so...

  • Mental health recovery

    The Health Literacy Survey is worrying in its findings. I have spent the past two years trying to establish a mental health recovery college in Gozo. The aim is to provide information and to help develop skills around mental health, resilience and...

  • Retrograde step in education

    I share the concerns which have been expressed by the lecturers with regard to the recent amendments to the regulations covering the licensing, accreditation and quality assurance of further and higher education. These changes affect both the...

  • Blue Flag beaches

    Blue Flag beaches

    As representatives of Blue Flag International we wish to clarify that Pretty Bay, in Birżebbuġa was never a Blue Flag beach, as erroneously stated in this paper. The authorities have never applied for Pretty Bay to be granted Beach of Quality or...

  • St Peter’s stay in Rome

    On June 29, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of the martyrdoms of St Peter and St Paul. St Paul’s voyage to Rome is narrated in the Acts of the Apostles, chapters 27-28. On his way he was shipwrecked on our island. St Peter went to Rome as...

  • Dickens and all that

    Rereading a classic by Charles Dickens after several decades, I came across this paragraph: “The one great principle of English law is to make business for itself. There is no other principle distinctly, certainly and consistently maintained...

  • Cheap shares

    As an active investor I must fully endorse Edward Rizzo’s article (June 11) entitled ‘Cheap shares or good news’. I would suggest to anyone who wishes to trade that this article fully answers most questions on market mechanics. Most local...

  • Get your own house in order

    Opposition leader Simon Busuttil has started a new tactic to convince gullible voters that he wants to “clean up local politics”. It is said that talk is cheap. In his case it is even cheaper. Busuttil keeps repeating that he and his party are in...

  • Noise pollution and the Curia

    Noise pollution and the Curia

    It is manifestly clear that a breath of fresh air is blowing strongly through the musty corridors of the Malta Curia. Its recent concern about a proposed shooting range in the vicinity of Mount St Joseph, a retreat house on the outskirts of Mosta,...

  • Voters betrayed

    Governments across the globe get into power on the pretence of change, of a new beginning and a better future. They promise everything. They promise that they will work to the best of their ability and in the people’s best interests... Alas,...

  • Abortion breaches human rights

    Amnesty International’s current campaign for the decriminalisation of abortion in Ireland and Malta is further proof that the organisation is no longer a human rights defender. Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:...

  • High cost of traffic jams

    Has anyone ever worked out the cost in man hours that traffic jams are having on our economy, not to mention the effect on our health due to pollution and stress? It is taking hours, for people to get to work and return home. It takes me 45...

  • Road hazard

    Road hazard

    When are we going to banthese one-horsepower rides fromour streets? In this picture you can clearly see that the driver of the white van, just like those of the other vehicles behind it, had two choices to make. Either trail behind the horse or...

  • Nothing to tell the professor

    In his letter entitled ‘Cassola and the Spanish professor’ (June 13), Mark Sammut made the following comment: “I wonder what Cassola has to say to the Spanish professor (Federico Corriente)”. Unfortunately, I have never had the honour of meeting...

  • Saga of the building in Valletta

    I have been reading about the saga of the premises at Old Mint Street, Valletta. I have worked there and restored the building in the 1990s. The book restoration laboratory of the National Library was there until 1999, when I then went to work at...

  • An experience students relish

    As member of the chaplaincy team at St Aloysius College, every year, together with other teachers, I accompany some 500 students for a day of recollection at Mount St Joseph, Mosta. The ages range between 11 and 16. The primary and sixth form...

  • Proselytising presidency

    The Presidency has become a philanthropic agency with a ‘bleeding heart’ at its head. We had a recent President who went to Peru as a lay missionary during his tenure of office and who refused to sign the Civil Unions Bill into law, as he was...