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Letters

  • Beauty in Swieqi

    The lower part of Swieqi has been regaled with two beautiful phenomena to appreciate. The first is the fenced lower park, with lofty trees, gym equipment and benches, which. in the early morning. resounds with the loud but beautiful chirping...

  • Memory malady

    I could not help wondering what made the editors of Malta 50 Years of Independence 1964-2014 (a Times of Malta/Allied publication) opt to feature photos of the official anniversary visit of William the Duke of Cambridge in 60 out of 160...

  • Male or female is an open question

    Patrick Pullicino suggests (December 1) that the conclusions of research on the physiological distinctions between male and female brains, as well as psychological differences between the sexes, are reflective of some absolute truth relating...

  • Malta in a time warp

    Malta in a time warp

    The photos show two clocks, one located in Victoria and the other at the Valletta entrance near the bus terminus, both showing the wrong time. There are many other clocks, in prominent places, embarrassingly for us Maltese, showing the wrong time,...

  • Only one type of marriage

    I would like to quote two excerpts. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, in his pastoral letter about the Synod on the family, wrote: “There was no suggestion throughout that the teaching of the Church in any way can approve the...

  • Tax on sale of property

    I am amused, or even amazed, at the failure of Nicky Bianchi (December 2) and various political exponents to realise that a sales tax is not a tax on the goods being sold (the property) but on the act or function of selling. It most...

  • Refunds from ex-ministers

    Eddy Privitera is back on his high horse criticising past PN government ministers for not refunding the full amount of their salary increases. I think it is about time he looked into his mirror and commented about the huge salaries being...

  • Parish priest of Balzan

    David Borg of Lija chose to write again (December 2), this time under the excuse of the mobile antennae, to wish Balzan’s dearest parish priest every success in his new role in Mġarr. This time, sarcastically – you can feel this from the tone of...

  • Where are the solutions?

    After the Arriva debacle, the bus service has improved, but there still remain some serious shortcomings which let commuters down. A few impolite and arrogant drivers should be relieved oftheir duties. People who use the buses (these include...

  • Putting end to potholes

    Putting end to potholes

    Potholes could soon become a relic of the past due to futuristic plans to produce self-healing concrete. Scientists are experimenting with the groundbreaking new material, which uses special bacteria to plug gaps and cracks opened up by bad...

  • Identifying a bishop

    Curiosity and speculation about who is going to be the next Archbishop of Malta and the virtues he should have are in full swing. Few people, however, are giving enough attention to what Pope Francis has been saying on various occasions...

  • Ex-ministers’ refunds are not enough

    Chris Said, the general secretary of the Nationalist Party, while addressing a press conference, accused the Prime Minister of “having been caught lying” when in Parliament he had said that former PN ministers and parliamentary secretaries had...

  • Musical folk culture roots

    Musical folk culture roots

    I would like to thank Anton Attard for his comments regarding the karabazza (November 20). The instrument in question is made up of three percussive mallets and is a Neapolitan folk instrument that goes by the name of triccaballacca. Over the last...

  • Forget aesthetics

    It has recently been announced by the government that three-, four- and five-star hotels are to be allowed to add further storeys to their existing layouts and facades. This appears to me a step in the wrong direction. Our hotels will turn into...

  • The universe

    Konrad Gatt wrote that “To think otherwise”, that is not to believe in a ‘Creator’, “is pure folly” (November 25). Perhaps the “folly” lies in believing in a “Creator” in the first place. The view that the universe came into existence...

  • The Budget and the disabled

    The National Parents’ Society of People with Disability commends the various proposals in the 2015 Budget. Never have disabled people featured so prominently in a budget. For many years these proposals have been shelved or given little priority...

  • Simon Busuttil is performing very well

    Simon Busuttil gave a very good Budget speech which attracted a positive reaction from various sectors of Maltese society. Busuttil is increasingly becoming more credible. He has proposed a committee to ensure the highest ethical standards among...

  • Will Malta’s water plan see the light of day?

    Never have Malta’s groundwater resources been in such a precarious state. Groundwater is being severely over exploited. We are pumping out water at a rate that is 50 per cent higher than the sustainable replacement by rainwater. This is leading to...

  • Unity not uniformity

    On November 29, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul. It was attended by the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I. During the homily Pope Francis concentrated on the gift of the Holy Spirit...

  • Indeed where was God?

    I refer to John Guillaumier’s letter ‘Where was God?’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, November 16). Humanly speaking he has some very valid points. Yet I feel there are others which we may have forgotten. In the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1814) there were...