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Letters

  • Merkel deserves another term

    Driven by generosity, altruism and social responsibility, Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to let in one million refugees in 2015 without much apparent concern for what the average German citizen thought or wanted. This partly explains why she is...

  • A political marriage of convenience

    The long-awaited return of Marlene Farrugia to her first political love has finally arrived when she posted on Facebook “I’m the ‘thug enough to protect, mature enough to step up’ part, Dr Simon Busuttil is the rest”. But perhaps the most...

  • A devastating month in 1942

    April 1942 was indeed a devastating month in Malta, as stated in the article ‘75 years from Easter Sunday bomb attack’ (April 5). Just for the record, apart from the towns and villages mentioned in the article, one must also add Gudja, which...

  • University entry requirements

    University entry requirements

    With reference to the letter ‘University entry requirements’ (April 5), attention should be drawn to the motivations underlining the learning and obtaining a pass mark in the subjects that are required for admission to the professional courses...

  • Bid to stop investigation

    Simon Busuttil publicly declared on more than one occasion that the PN “is ready to go and defend its case in front of the [Electoral] Commission and anybody else, since the PN had nothing to hide”. Busuttil reversed all this on April 6 by saying...

  • Focus on prevention

    It is laudable and admirable to collect money in aid of cancer patients, like Puttinu Cares, the Community Chest Fund and Xarabank are doing. But we must do more in prevention. I hope these three entities invest more energy in prevention. We have...

  • Catholic education

    The new dialogue about Catholic Church schools and the issue of students from other religions attending them reminds me of very important advice and food for thought offered by Pope Francis in his address to participants in the plenary session of...

  • Ticket payment on Gozo ferry

    Ticket payment on Gozo ferry

    Do we really want to attract tourists from the EU in droves and make them feel at home? Last week I took an EU octogenarian lady and her daughter to Gozo, a mother and daughter who fell in love with the Maltese islands well over five decades...

  • Good Friday processions

    ‘Holy Week’ in Malta is ‘religion overkill week’, including in the Times of Malta. In his write-up on Good Friday processions, Fr Geoffrey Attard wrote that these processions “have gradually been transformed into exhibitions of power, vanity and...

  • Train wagons

    Train wagons

    It was a pity to learn lately of the bad state the Birkirkara train wagon was in and good to know that it is going to be restored. I happened to have a picture taken some years back when it was in a much better state. Some three years ago, I also...

  • University admission regulations

    With reference to the letter by Henry-Franz Gauci (April 5) the University of Malta would like to point out that the minimum entry requirements for regular admission to University of Malta courses define a benchmark for successful general education.

  • Birżebbuġa v Swieqi Utd

    Just got home in Birżebbuġa (April 8) after a wasted trip to the Luxol stadium to watch my team Birżebbuġa play against Swieqi Utd at 4pm. I had checked my favourite newspaper the Times of Malta for the fixture. On my arrival at the Luxol stadium...

  • Secrecy

    The Ombudsman, Anthony Mifsud said (April 8) that “secrecy is hindering investigations”. I think he is being a bit unfair because we were promised a transparent and accountable government by Joseph Muscat, and as the Prime Minister stated on...

  • Multicultural education

    Brian Vassallo’s inspiring and positive contribution on inclusive cultures (April 4) comes at a time when several political leaders are focusing on their national identities with the result of blurring one’s international perspective, dependence...

  • Persecution

    With reference to John Guillaumier’s letter ‘Christian persecution complex’ (February 6), seeing that he dives so deep into controversy, it is enough to quote the Daily Mail of May 2, 2015, which reported that 100,000 Christians are killed every...

  • In breach of EU treaty

    In breach of EU treaty

    According to figures published by the European Commission in its weekly oil bulletin for consumer prices of petroleum products net of duties and taxes, on March 27, petrol in Malta, selling at 56.079c per litre was the highest among the EU’s 28...

  • A golden opportunity

    One cannot refer to the European People’s Parties congress in Malta without giving prominence to the political stature of Simon Busuttil. The event speaks for itself in this regard. The number of Maltese people who are taking politics seriously is...

  • Lost and forlorn

    Lost and forlorn

    Is this Malta’s worst bicycle rack, penned in on three sides? Lost and forlorn at Msida circus when, clearly, racks are needed near the local council and the police station. Shameful in 2017.

  • Memory slips

    I am a regular TV follower of the debates in our House of Representatives. Invariably, government speakers always chastise the Opposition for their “failures” of when they were in government. I don’t see anything wrong with that, except that it is...

  • Can’t we...?

    Taking inspiration from President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca’s wise words – “Let me take the opportunity to appeal for diligence and integrity in all sectors, including the planning sector, and for the absolute recognition that people must come...

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