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Letters

  • Time, fate and synchronicity

    Agatha Christie begins her novel Endless Night as follows: “‘In my end is my beginning’. That’s a quotation I’ve often heard people say. It sounds all right – but what does it really mean? “Is there ever any particular spot where one can put one’s...

  • Democracy restored

    Democracy restored

    Allow me to refer to the letter titled ‘Resurrecting the past’ by Alfred Gauci (December 6) wherein he wrote: “The biggest lesson that should be learnt from the incidents in Tal-Barrani Road 30 years ago: leaders of political parties should keep...

  • Fourth floor deals

    Carmel Zammit, from Naxxar (January 5) is rather optimistic when he says “Din l-Art Ħelwa and others who really have the interest of Malta at heart should be given all the support needed in the upcoming struggle...”. I am sure he has by now...

  • Dump the referendum

    In Malta, as in my own country – the United Kingdom – our democracies rely most heavily on the principle that elected legislatures reign supreme. The election, where every facet of every policy is tested by the electorate, holds sway. In Britain,...

  • Political contradictions

    The leader of the Opposition (there are those who consider him as ‘leader of no opposition’) continues to baffle his own party supporters. I mean those who use their head to think not just to keep a hat on. When they hear him talk about “raising...

  • A sad departure

    A sad departure

    On January 20, the political side of my brain will breathe a sigh of sadness at Barack Obama’s departure from the White House. For a brief period in my life, Obama gave hope and stability to the world. Yes, hope and stability. How could a boy who...

  • Ban referenda

    Further to my last letter, I have seen the wise comments of Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico. He mirrors my comments regarding the great dangers referenda pose to the future political stability of the European Union. In short, he calls on the...

  • Children of the 1960s

    Children of the 1960s

    I am aged 77 and completed my national service in Malta between 1958 and 1960. During the last months of that time friends took me sightseeing in, if my memory serves me right, the Mellieħa or Marfa area where we met a local family and I took a...

  • Turn-off

    Allow me to refer to the letter ‘Good publicity’ by Alfred Gauci (December 29) wherein he said that certain articles, similar to the one which appeared in Woman’s Weekly magazine edition of December 13, boost tourism to Malta. Should people know...

  • Thoughts for 2017

    The new year started with Malta assuming the rotating presidency of the Council of Europe. Joseph Muscat now seems to be happy with Malta’s place in the EU and I suppose ‘Made in Brussels’ and ‘Switzerland in the Mediterranean’ slogans are things...

  • The wrong message

    I write to voice my severe dissatisfaction with one of ARMS Ltd’s so-called ‘policies’. Individuals who rent out property and who, therefore, have more than one account registered with ARMS Ltd, are being systematically discouraged from installing...

  • Dangerous signs

    Dangerous signs

    Some weeks ago, ‘no parking’ signs were erected along the narrow pavement in Bishop Buhagiar Street, Paola. Being such a narrow pavement, they are of great inconvenience to pedestrians pushing a pram, a pushchair or using a wheelchair. It is also...

  • Fuel price stability?

    As predicted in one of my online comments on timesofmalta.com, the price of fuel has gone up. This was expected because the exchange rate of the US dollar has gone up against the euro and so did the price of Brent crude. The increase, however,...

  • Condomini affairs

    In reply to Roberta Galea Schembri’s query regarding the role of the condominium administrator (January 4), it is very clear from article 16 of the Condominium Act, Chapter 398 of the Laws of Malta, that where rules have been approved by the...

  • Farewell to the legendary Wolf

    Farewell to the legendary Wolf

    Whenever a kickboxer competes, he has to undergo mandatory pre-event medical tests. As the local kickboxing doctor, I first met Reuben Azzopardi, known as ‘The Wolf’ many years ago through his dedicated martial arts instructor, Noel Mercieca. I...

  • Shame on us

    Among the numerous highlights of 2016 in Malta there are two pieces of legislation that should make us ashamed of ourselves. These are the ‘Vilification of Religions’ and ‘Pornography’. For most of us in Malta, the Catholic religion is most dear.

  • Beautiful Nuremberg

    Beautiful Nuremberg

    I recently visited the Christmas market in Nuremberg, which is the largest in Germany. I didn’t know much about Nuremberg, only that it was heavily bombed in the war and that the famous war crimes trial was held there. First impressions are...

  • Road speed and death

    The contents of two letters expressing concern about road fatalities in Malta (The Sunday Times of Malta, December 11 and December 25, 2016) were disputed by Karl Soler, who claimed  that Maltese drivers are “Europe’s safest drivers” (The Sunday...

  • Works for the FTS

    I refer to the article entitled ‘Canvasser made delivery of €9 million in cheques’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, December 11, 2016). The article contained incorrect information about the works carried out by Tal-Magħtab Construction Limited for the...

  • A matter of law

    I refer to the article reporting that a man was denied a fair trial and awarded €10,000 plus costs, by the European Court of Human Rights, as damages (December 3). As my name was mentioned and though I am completely extraneous to the case, I feel...

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