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Letters

  • Lull after the storm

    Completely unaware of what was debated in Parliament on the Civil Union Bill and with no pretension whatsoever of being versed in legal or moral matters, but heartened by the fact that the Citizenship Bill went through three amendments before it...

  • Bad state of open-air facilities

    Every other day we hear how important it is that one exercises on a regular basis. We, Maltese people, have managed to feature on top as a country having the laziest people and, if I am not mistaken, we also have the most (or nearly the most)...

  • Encouraging reading

    I refer to the excellent article ‘The reading on the Wall’ by Ġorġ Mallia (March 28). Gozo Live is an organisation of writers in Gozo. Writers need readers if their works are to see the light of day. To this end, we hold an annual book fair in...

  • The way my father smiled

    Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to say: “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” The smile my beloved father Ġanni had was indeed a beautiful thing! It disclosed what a...

  • Proper institutional behaviour

    I refer to the article entitled ‘Malta reluctant to hire people with disabilities’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, March 30). The National Commission Persons with Disability (KNPD) is a firm believer in supported employment; in fact, its own...

  • Thoughts for Holy Week

    During his last general audience Pope Benedict XVI said: “I will not abandon the Cross, but will stay in a new way near Christ crucified. I will not hold any more the office to govern the Church, but in the service of prayer”. When Benedict XVI...

  • Democracy: who guards it?

    A lot has been said about George Abela’s refusal to sign the Civil Unions Bill. I am not comfortable with the discussion about the President not being able to ‘veto’ a Bill because he or she is not democratically elected. While I understand that...

  • Malta’s Michelangelo

    Recent correspondence regarding sculptor Antonio Sciortino refers to a monument by him in Kiev, Ukraine. Kiev’s current presence in the headlines led me to follow up this clue. I have found on the web information that Sciortino won a competition...

  • Omission from list

    I refer to the article ‘Major Cabinet overhaul comes three days early’ and the subsequent list of ministers and parliamentary secretaries (The Sunday Times of Malta, March 30). For some reason, Michael Farrugia, who was promoted to Minister for...

  • Remembering World War I

    On January 26 an article in The Sunday Times of Malta stated that there were no plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of World War I in Malta. Since March 7, the Maltese Ambassador in Belgium laid a poppy wreath at the Ploegsteert Memorial...

  • Our beautiful countryside

    Our magnificent countryside offers a stupendous picture of variegated colours throughout the different phases of the year, interspersed with the ubiquitous rubble walls infusing local character to the scene. At the moment, it looks a stunning riot...

  • Gozo is great but shame about Xlendi

    My wife and I have just returned home from Gozo. This was our first visit for seven years and we were interested in what we would find seven years on. Gozo is a pretty island at this time of the year and we quickly headed for the cliff paths.

  • EU must move fast on energy

    Following the annexation of Crimea to Russia, leading newspapers around the world have put on hold the civil war in Syria, the trouble in Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya to continue focusing their attention on the tiny ‘bully’ from Moscow and...

  • Rights of conscience

    I refer to the many contributions to this newspaper by Martin Scicluna, where he pontificates as if he were the last word on every issue that seems to be raised. His latest article on April 2 was the last straw. He attempts to discredit President...

  • Park-and-ride shuttle services

    I thank Anna Busuttil for her feedback in her letter ‘Park-and-ride trip too long’ (March 22) and would like to take this opportunity to expand on our Floriana park-and-ride shuttle services. Beyond the reduction in parking fees to 40c, the...

  • Fort Cambridge going to ruin?

    There has been yet another mysterious fire incident at Fort Cambridge. This, along with what looks like the wilful neglect of the building, by leaving the countless doors and windows of the rooms open to the elements – despite, I hasten to add,...

  • Pills dearer in Malta

    Further to the letter by Eddy Privitera about the higher price we have to pay for medicine in Malta, I wish to mention Bonviva tablets, which here cost €47.65 for a single pill. Recently, while in Brussels, I was informed I could buy three for...

  • Abuse on the buses

    On March 31, while on bus 222, which was full of tourists, a black man boarded at St Paul’s Bay. The passenger presented €10 for payment. The driver flared up and got extremely abusive. He even tried to get the passenger to leave the bus and then...

  • Mission in Albania

    I would like to thank the Mission Fund for the generous remittance of €2,000 so that I can continue to help the families living in four poor villages in the mountains of North Albania where I am stationed at the moment. These families, especially...

  • End of an era

    The inauguration of the presidency of Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, a few days after celebrating the 35th anniversary of Freedom Day, has given occasion for a reshuffle to Joseph Muscat’s Cabinet of ministers and parliamentary secretaries. This was...

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