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Letters

  • No Telecare with Melita

    This is an open letter to the managing director of Melita Cable of which we have been subscribers since it first set up shop on this island. We were left with no option but to transfer our telephone landline connection from Melita to Go...

  • Bus station needed

    I have written many times about the need of bus shelters at the Valletta bus terminus. Towards the end of the Nationalist administration, the matter was mentioned in one of the debates when an Opposition member (then Labour) asked the ...

  • Wind of change at the synod

    Wind of change at the synod

    My efforts to contact the Bishop of Gozo while he was being interviewed on RTK Radio about the Bishops’ Extraordinary Synod on the Family were disappointingly futile. My queries basically were just two: the relevance of Vatican II and its...

  • Honesty the best policy

    Inconsistency with politicos is usual and, to an extent, also acceptable, but only if after a lapse of time. Though, not during the same interview, surely. The leader of the Opposition was reported as saying: (a) “Politics should be built on...

  • Eco-reduction not included

    I refer to the letter by John Agius titled ‘Cheated of eco-reduction’ (November 4). He is perfectly right but legally at fault. This is the conclusion of the Ombudsman when he gave his final opinion in case no. K 0063 in which I asked him to...

  • Disgusting public toilet

    We are two tourists from Scotland on our third stay of the year. With each passing visit, we are struck by the deplorable state of toilet facilities on the Islets Promenade in Buġibba. Caked, dirty toilet, no soap, no hot water and no toilet...

  • Unsafe work practices

    With reference to the item in On The Dot, ‘Safety Standards... or lack of’ (November 3) it would have been much more appropriate if the person taking the photograph had immediately informed the Occupational Health and Safety...

  • Problem is not resolved

    In his rather lengthy apologetic letter (November 3) regarding the longer-than-usual call waiting times that Melita customers are facing when contacting its call centre, Melita’s director of PR and customer experience referred to my...

  • Job done

    According to reports in the press, government spokesman Carmelo Abela is earning an annual income of €30,000. Nice going, I must say, at a time when we hear of the below-the-breadline families that are trying to make ends meet. Now, of course, he...

  • Daily trauma in traffic

    Daily trauma in traffic

    This picture shows the disastrous daily situation that occurs between 5 and 7pm on the Regional Road, in both directions to and from Valletta.

  • Incidence of diabetes

    The editorial of October 25 stated that “we don’t know the number of people with diabetes [in Malta]”. The prevalence of diabetes has been known since Antoine Schranz published his epidemiological study in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice...

  • The ghost of Halloween

    The ghost of Halloween

    On Halloween, a spectre from the past raised its head on our TV screens. This spectre, a senior member of the Maltese clergy, after years of refusing to comment on the parish festa, in the absence of the bishop, was holding forth and pronouncing...

  • World class orchestra

    I looked in vain over the weekend for a review of Friday night’s concert at the Manoel Theatre. My wife and I went along because we particularly wanted to hear Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand. It was played superbly by Charlene Farrugia...

  • Youth section in successful initiative at Mqabba

    Way back, in July 1993, we saw the birth of a new section within Our Lady of the Lily Musical Society of Mqabba, with the aim of helping out in the organisation of the feast of Our Lady of the Lily celebrated annually in June. This, however, came...

  • Nurse risking others’ lives

    Kaci Hickox, a nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa and returned to the US under order of quarantine, not only decided to defy it by going out for a bike ride but also vowed to take her State to court over a quarantine she deems...

  • Balzan parish assembly

    The parish assembly is an important activity in the calendar of events in our parishes. Everyone, not only members of the various parish groups, movements and the pastoral parish council, but also all parishioners who wish to actively participate,...

  • Marsalforn still at risk

    Marsalforn still at risk

    Two years ago, almost to the day, I wrote about the danger posed by stormy seas to property on the unprotected Marsalforn front. The Ministry of Gozo responded almost immediately with a promise that action was being taken to replace the long-gone...

  • The China connection

    The ‘slave labour’ claims at a Chinese factory, involving the alleged denial of human rights, raises other factors that seem to have been missed by many. Apparently, the factory was leased to the Chinese on favourable terms to enable one part to...

  • Farmer who does as he likes

    About 50 days ago a so-called farmer decided to dig a trench 10 inches wide and 10 inches deep across the street in Birżebbuġa Road, Safi to collect rainwater for his well. So now one has to endure bumps and shocks while driving through this road.

  • Cheated of eco-reduction

    Tonio Fenech recently lamented the fact that the system of calculating the eco-reduction for electricity bills over periods of about two months may result in some consumers losing this benefit. During the period October 1, 2008 to August 26,...