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Letters

  • A new President

    I had a dream (quite strange) about the selection of a candidate for the post of President of Malta. At a rectangular table were Tony Zarb, Toni Abela and Ronnie Pellegrini on one side, Ian Refalo, Leo Brincat and Eddy Privitera opposite. At one...

  • The French connection

    The source of Charles Xuereb’s obsession with the removal or transfer of all that reminds us of our British connection can be traced to 1798 or the French period. Of course, then, it was how to remove the memory of the Order of St John. On June...

  • Right of passage

    Right of passage

    Far from taking credit on Manoel Island’s latest developments, thanks to all those concerned for giving us back this precious beach place I had grown up in since childhood. Since last April, I had started proceedings with the Land Department and...

  • Heart of gold

    Local newspapers should have carried on their front pages the news broken by esteemed cardiothoracic surgeon Alex Manchè (September 8). He made known that 88 per cent of heart transplants carried out by our heart surgeons and their team of heart...

  • Political talk

    The leader of the Opposition keeps inventing new ways to try and undermine the people’s trust in our Prime Minister and his government. His latest one was his description of the Labour Party as “ the party of the rich” while the Nationalist Party,...

  • ‘Stone Age islands’

    Apart from his 60 years’ experience in and deep knowledge of Malta’s archaeology, David Trump of Cambridge will be remembered for his unassuming and very approachable and expert human qualities. His writings are direct and candid, not lacking in...

  • City entrance fencing

    I refer to the caption story titled ‘Tourist takes a risk above Valletta Ditch – and up goes an eyesore’ (September 10). Kindly note that with regard to the ongoing restoration of the two main bridges at the Valletta Ditch, fencing was installed...

  • Going, going…

    Going, going…

    This pastel, done by Nicola Vassallo in 1990, shows the Azure Window before a large chunk of the ‘bridge’ fell during a storm. It will only be a question of time before the ‘bridge’ is all gone.

  • Visiting film locations

    Since my boyhood days in the 1960s living next door to the much loved actor and operatic baritone, the late Josie Coppini, I have associated Malta with filming and photography. The islands’ wonderful light, sea colour, coastal scenery and historic...

  • Organic waste collection

    While welcoming the efforts to encourage more recycling of household waste, the report ‘1.4 million kilograms of organic waste collected from various localities’ (September 3) leaves me confused. The receptacles issued are not only small but are...

  • So they may safely roam

    ■ In a recent comprehensive report, the Commissioner for the Environment at the Ombudsman’s Office, David Pace, made various proposals on rambling trails intended to regulate this physical recreation which the Ramblers’ Association has been...

  • Saving the island

    Saving the island

    I have made a few half-hearted efforts to find out if there is a St Julian’s Preservation Society. An article by Albert Buttigieg has prompted me to write. Our family has lived in Malta on and off since 1977. My husband and I have lived here...

  • A man for all seasons

    I read with great interest the article ‘Heart transplantations’ by Alex Manchè (September 9). Allow me to express my unreserved admiration towards this unique surgeon we are so lucky to have in Malta. I speak from experience. A few months ago, I...

  • The power of diction

    Edward Caruana Galizia’s opinion piece (‘Questioning language’, September 6) started off with Stephen Fry’s quip on the power of language. Communication is a key element in today’s society. Words represent a magical power that only mankind possesses.

  • No national pride

    No national pride

    The identity of a country is moulded by its language, flag and national anthem. These three components should be cherished, upheld and defended if we are to be called true citizens of our country of birth. Last Sunday, I attended the international...

  • Enforcement

    I address the following to Planning Parliamentary Secretary Deborah Schembri. Reality must be faced and acted upon immediately even if three quarters of the people are to be sent out of buildings and made to pay penalties. Doing otherwise will be...

  • Overdue award

    I was awarded new property deeds by the Maltese courts in 2014. We are now near the end of 2016 and it seems as though the courts have abandoned or completely forgotten about this award. I wonder what one should do in such circumstances.

  • The facts on Townsquare

    With reference to George Debono’s article ‘Townsquare and the rape of Sliema’ (September 4) I would like to point out several inaccuracies in his references to my interview with Vanessa Macdonald that appeared on the previous Sunday in the same...

  • Thank you

    I am very grateful to the Mission Fund in Malta for its generous donations to the Galilee Centre in Debre Zeit, 50 kilometres south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A grant of €15,800 helped us to drill a borehole and another grant of €2,000 was used to...

  • Rotary promotes goodwill and peace

    Rotary promotes goodwill and peace

    I recently had the opportunity to participate in the 2016 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) North America Conference, which was held in Washington DC from July 19 to 24. RYLA is an intensive training programme that brings together youths and...