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Letters

  • Did the people speak or not?

    I have found it quite mind-boggling how, just hours after the referendum result was announced, all that talk we had heard coming from Shout and its array of supporters in the English language newspapers, that “this time the Maltese people...

  • Hunters’ rights and the environment

    Various commentators are presenting different factors which contributed to the referendum result, such as solidarity or scaremongering, or the Labour Party backing the Yes campaign. However, the fact that the Yes campaign was positive...

  • Poor weather

    The former format of the Melita weather forecast on their cable television was easier to follow than the current one. As it stands now, the forecast occupies only a small portion of the TV screen and the forecast moves forward too quickly. There’s...

  • The Referenda Act: a warning

    The Referenda Act: a warning

    In the wake of the spring hunting referendum result, the spokeswoman for the Yes campaign, Kathleen Grima, asserted that she would like to see the Referenda Act amended so that any future referendum could be challenged in court on the basis of...

  • Portable weighbridges

    Anyone driving in Malta will notice damaged manhole and drain grate fittings and their surrounds as well as the numerous potholes. Roads and ancillary fittings are designed to take vehicles up to a certain weight. It will come as no surprise to...

  • Not enough benches

    The newly-installed benches in the Buġibba/Qawra promenade are of a higher quality than the older ones because they are much more comfortable. However, the people making use of this promenade in summer as part of their relaxation and exercise are...

  • Neglected Garden of Serenity

    Neglected Garden of Serenity

    It had been a few years since I last visited the Garden of Serenity (better known as the Chinese Garden) in Santa Lucia but, being such a lovely day, I decided to take my 92-year-old mother there. It was a real shock. A lot of work was recently...

  • Malta-made baroque music

    Silvio Camilleri is currently presenting on Campus FM a series of programmes featuring Baroque music. This week, he chose works by Maltese composers and I am bound to say how grateful and fortunate we classical music lovers are to hear music...

  • Bring back the circus animals

    After last Saturday’s referendum, when the people democratically voted Yes for spring hunting, I believe that this democratic country should reconsider the legislation that banned circus animals. I am a circus enthusiast myself and have to either...

  • The surplus… of bad roads

    Official figures showed a €49.7 million surplus in public finances. For the first time in recent history, the national debt has gone down mainly due to proceeds from the EU and, to a lesser extent, income tax, licences, taxes, fines and VAT. Lower...

  • Formula 1 is just boring

    Formula 1 is just boring

    I am a keen follower of Formula 1 racing who tries not to miss the live transmission of each race. However, I find that the excitement of former races has died away or, more like it, has been killed. Take last weekend’s China Grand Prix, which had...

  • An expatriate who wanted to vote

    On the front page of Times of Malta on Saturday, it was stated that “History will also be made today because 16-year-olds are voting for the first time in the local elections”. Well, I am incensed that I could not vote in the referendum or in any...

  • Bigger ferry boat needed

    I am in complete agreement with Anthony Gouder’s timely letter regarding the limited capacity of the Grand Harbour ferry (‘Busy day for ferry boat’, April 10). The crossing is already very popular with tourists and residents and in the summer...

  • Politics and crime

    In the articles, letters and comments that are carried in this newspaper, politics and politicians feature prominently. I thought it appropriate to highlight the fact there is little difference between crime and politics. Crime means you take the...

  • One way justice is delayed

    The excellent leader about “the big bang approach to justice delayed” (March 19) is goodnews indeed. The shortening of time to have a legal point settled in court is the greatest need of our legal system, hand in hand with the doctrine accentuated...

  • The sins of taxi drivers

    The sins of taxi drivers

    More than once was I on the verge of writing a letter regarding those horrendous white-taxi drivers but what I saw the other day presented the ultimate reason. Some of them put their customers’ lives at risk since not only do they drive too fast...

  • Working with the needy in Egypt

    In this letter I would like to thank all the generous Maltese people who help us through the Mission Fund. In our work with the poor of Upper Egypt we are involved in health care and education as well as social work with poor families and the...

  • Unique rubble wall in Gozo

    At the main entrance to the Gozitan village of Żebbuġ there is a huge rubble wall. It is at the bottleneck entrance to this beautiful village. It is a unique structure in both its form and originality. Fifty years ago, during my childhood, there...

  • A caring government

    Come May, a special unit is going to welcome all those children and youths who suffer from mental problems. It will be situated quite closeto the building of MountCarmel Hospital. Theirs is not a sad case of ostracism; they are not a hindrance to...

  • Threat to Floriana territory

    The locality of Floriana is passing through a very difficult time on account of the decline in its population. Together with others, I have been hammering ad nauseam on this problem and it seems that the authorities are insensitive to such...