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Letters

  • So hard to get a Tallinja card

    No need to comment on the efficiency of the new transport operators! Having applied for a card in March, I am still waiting for it to arrive. Numerous phone calls got these answers in this order: I shall report the matter; you will getthe card...

  • Constant popular support

    Despite the damaging and humiliating bailout deal that backtracks on nearly every campaign promise he made, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s political support appears alive and well, even among the hundreds of protesters who stormed the...

  • Night bus tariff

    I refer to the letter ‘Funny business on the buses’ (July 23). Malta Public Transport would like to apologise for what happened to Denis Mifsud because the Tallinja card can be used on the bus for night services and the fare is €2.50 and not...

  • No emotions allowed in court of law

    The lack of compassion shown by the presiding judge towards the victim’s brother in the case of Kenneth Gafà (July 21) is nothing short of shocking. According to the report, the judge told the victim’s brother to “go home and light a candle and...

  • Greeks can’t spell taxes

    Greeks can’t spell taxes

    On one of my visits to Greece, I came across this sign in Corfu. It seems that the Greeks do not even know how to spell tax. Is it a surprise that they have a reputation for not paying it?

  • Maternity leave fund

    Besides being refreshingly innovative, the new maternity leave trust fund could equally be looked upon as a solidarity gesture among employers. Well done, ministers Edward Scicluna and Helena Dalli.

  • What’s wrong with Gozo Minister?

    We are a few days from August, so whatever time Malta considers to be the “tourist season” (some think of it as the “power-cut season”) can’t be far away. And, yet... and yet... the main road to the beaches at Ħondoq, Ramla and San Blas remains...

  • Inborn hatred

    The recent events at Srebrenica highlight old differences and hatred between the various people of ex-Yugoslavia and should best serve as a harsh lesson against impositions, especially of religion. The Balkans suffered greatly during the Ottoman...

  • Justice is (not) served

    Early morning on February 17, a car cuts me up in the bus lane, a textbook example of dangerous driving. The van actually drives past a police officer who is attending to the amount of traffic that morning at the junction. I was so angry that with...

  • Smoke and mirrors

    The Muscat government is very adept at announcing new initiatives with great pomp and circumstance. Two that come to mind, however, show this is a government inhibiting a parallel world full of smoke and mirrors. Taking first Justice Minister Owen...

  • Exceptional gesture

    I feel I should publicly acknowledge an exceptional and spontaneous gesture at the magical Smart City Lagoon in Kalkara recently on the occasion of the Institute of Maltese Journalism Awards. For the Sports Journalism Awards there were two...

  • We should honour the true patriots

    Correspondence has been going on in the Times of Malta lately regarding the historic events during the patriotic Maltese uprising against the French on September 2, 1798, and the blockade which lasted till 1800. The least we could do to honour our...

  • Do shops want business?

    Valletta’s Republic and Merchants streets with their adjoining streets have now become busy with traffic and one has to be very careful not to get knocked down during the mornings. Most establishments do not open for business before 9.30am and...

  • Megalithic remains

    Sicily is well known for its historic monuments and remains: Sicel, Punic, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Swabian, Angevin, Aragonese, Baroque under the Bourbons, and lastly contemporary. Less well known and established are its rare...

  • The problem with the burqa

    Recently in Chad a male suicide bomber wearing a burqa blew himself up in a market killing 14 people. Also in the UK a non-Muslim male tried to carry out a crime dressed in a burqa. Besides being a threat to security, the burqa conceals all...

  • Ignored by wardens

    The junction between Triqil-Kappella tax-Xagħra withTriq Torri tal-Kaptan is “difficult and dangerous” for drivers. This was expressed by the Naxxar council to the Local Wardens Northern Region on March 12, 2014. After witnessing many accidents, I...

  • Dictating theMaltese language

    Dictating theMaltese language

    Prof. Henry Frendo asked about the future of the Maltese language (The Sunday Times of Malta, July 12). The simple answer should be that the Maltese language is set towards healthy expansion to keep up with modern times and to be able to tackle...

  • Wither Maltese?

    I felt empathy with Henry Frendo, history professor and director of the Institute of Maltse Studies, when he wrote that “for the first time in my life I am feeling uncomfortable writing in Maltese” (‘Maltese language: what future?’, The Sunday...

  • A simpler way to say line is busy

    When one rings a phone number that is busy, is it not rather pedantic and contrived to be told “Il-persuna li qed iċċempel ma tistax tirrispondik bħalissa” (the person you are calling cannot answer you right now) or else that “Il-klijent li...

  • Lost wallet returned

    On behalf of my father, Michael Fraatz, I would like to thank the kind lady, named Gloria, who very kindly returned by mail a wallet he lost during his holiday in Malta. The wallet happened to contain important documents. As we, unfortunately,...

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