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Letters

  • Poor public transport needs to be sorted out

    There is clearly a problem when a full bus arrives at a stop, only to be closely followed by another bus just as full. There is evidently a problem when 20 students (yes, I counted) alight at one stage and another 10 (yes, I counted again) alight...

  • Telling appeal by the Pope

    I was intrigued by the words of Pope Francis at the opening of the Synod of bishops in Rome on Sunday to discuss family issues. He told the bishops to stop the bickering between progressives and conservatives. “Synod assemblies are not meant to...

  • Guests at the VVIP area

    Once Mario Dingli enjoys reading my letters due to the “fun” he gets, may I give him some more “fun” to make his day. In his reply to a letter of mine, he says that it is this government which is being “divisive” when President Emeritus Eddie...

  • Żebbuġ core in awful state

    Although I normally refrain from publishing any letters in the papers, I must admit that I feel I have no alternative. The prevailing state of the Żebbuġ village core in the Tad-Dawl area is awful. The roads and pavements are filthy, excrement...

  • High cost of paper

    Joseph Muscat (‘Cost of Paper’, October 7) should feel lucky. Go charge €2 for sending you a bill and an extra €2 if you decide to pay it yourself (instead of through direct debit). This is clearly stated in their terms and conditions.    

  • Lampuki from Vietnam

    I have just purchased two varieties of fish, in frozen form, from a well-established food outlet in Malta, these being lampuki (dorado) and Nile perch. However, while being unaware of the spawning capabilities of these fish or how far...

  • Position on illegal parking

    Can Transport Malta clearly state what the position is regarding illegal parking by vehicles bearing foreign number plates? Are they subjected to the same fines that can be imposed on us when we park our vehicles illegally, for example at a...

  • Mobile causes accidents

    Mobile causes accidents

    There was recently talk in the UK of introducing a new procedure when an accident happens. It was suggested that the mobile phone of the driver involved in an accident be checked for any usage immediately prior to theaccident to establish whether...

  • Real but invisible

    Is it a coincidence, a calculated manoeuvre or an atheist fantastic notion that Karl Consiglio’s letter negating the existence of angels appeared in this newspaper on the same day as the liturgical feast of three great Archangels? I had written in...

  • Petards at midnight

    Last week, very loud blasts of deafening petards were heard in the vicinity of the old people’s home, Casa Serena, in Buġibba. This happened on three occasions, two of which happened to be at midnight. It seems these petards were let off from a...

  • A portrait of Zia Gio

    In order to commemorate our dear piano teacher, Giovanna Bascetta, known to us all as Zia Gio, a portrait is being painted of her which, it is hoped, could then hang in a suitable museum. The portrait has been commissioned and the plan is to...

  • Lidl prices

    Will Lidl Malta explain how it sells a microwave oven at €99 when the same oven is advertised by Lidl Italy on RAI TV at €59, on the same date, and when the VAT in Italy is higher than in Malta? The difference is €40.  

  • Credit where credit is due

    Credit where credit is due

    Recently, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat thanked the previous PN administration for work carried out that led to Malta gaining the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture 2018. Referring to Valletta 2018 in itself incorporates the Renzo...

  • Tourist’s view

    My wife and I have been coming to Malta annually since 2005. We love your island, the people, the landscape, the history. But one thing spoils it. We have noticed over the years a steady increase in the amount of rubbish – plastic bags, bottles,...

  • Hairstyles and school discipline

    I have always regarded members of the teaching profession as being people who are there to set standards by giving a good example to their students. My two sons attend a boys’ Church school in Gżira and I am simply dismayed at the fact that...

  • Armed forces’ new colours

    Armed forces’ new colours

    On October 3, I had the privilege of attending the blessing and presentation of the new colours to the Armed Forces of Malta. As a former serving member of the British armed forces, this event was indeed a very nostalgic and memorable one. The...

  • Medicine prices

    May I make the following suggestion to Helena Dalli, the minister responsible for consumer affairs, on the question of the scandalous prices of medicine. I understand, and stand to be corrected, that EU regulations prohibit the government...

  • Negating democracy

    In his letter ‘When the PN played with democracy’ (September 15), Eddy Privitera wrote that when the Nationalist Party condemned the government for entertaining the idea of postponing local council elections, it should have reminded...

  • Safety net for brave prostitutes

    Acclamation is in order for Labour deputy leader Toni Abela for being in favour of regulating prostitution. His is a very mature stand in a country suffering from a severe case of puritanism and inverted morality. Much of Maltese society and its...

  • Political blackmail

    The crux of the hunting problem in Malta is the two-party system. Both major parties are at fault because they are so keen to criticise each other that they cannot agree to present a common front on major issues. The hunting lobby uses a form...