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Letters

  • Losing our religion

    A lot of the Maltese seem to be losing their faith. They moan about the bells. I lived with the bells in my younger days and I felt each time they rang, cheerful or sad, they sent a message to me to pray. They moan about the feasts. The feasts...

  • Budget idea

    I am faced with a binary choice. Here is the Finance Minister inviting everyone to submit new ideas for his 2015 Budget. Concurrently, we have Fitch’s assessment of his economic governance: a knockout argument advising the Maltese people to...

  • A disappointing night at the opera

    In what may be considered as the start of a new season of screening opera and other theatrical works, St James Cavalier cinema screened a recording of Prokofiev’s opera War and Peace from the Marinsky Theatre last Saturday...

  • Educating the wardens

    It was recently reported that a man was fined by plainclothes wardens sitting in a car for disposing of his domestic waste in a transparent plastic bag and not in the usual black bag. This was in Birkirkara. Even if a law did exist to this effect,...

  • Make junk mail more useful

    I suggest that instead of the present junk mail, the Consumers’ Association starts producing publications that deal with particular products and services. Let’s say I want to buy a fridge. Before I make the purchase, I could phone the association...

  • Raft-builder

    In 1961, John Dimech and I worked in Aqaba on Lawrence of Arabia. It would be fun to speak to him as we are probably among the last living veterans of the filming. I just ran across some pictures of him and others building a raft at the beach near...

  • Time to stand up to the EU

    I’m sure that Guido de Marco would have pushed for Malta to be the main protagonist in reforming the EU finances, thus ensuring that it cannot keep on submitting its accounts year after year as a true reflection of the expenditure without being...

  • Bridge-building de Marco style

    Bridge-building de Marco style

    The unveiling of Guido de Marco’s monument will un­doubtedly remain a milestone in Maltese history. The party in government has openly and publicly honoured a national figure hailing from the other party, now in opposition. De Marco was a true...

  • ‘Egyptian’ entrance

    My family and I have been constant visitors to this country since 1979. No trip was ever complete without a visit to Valletta and we always marvelled at the beautiful archway and pillars that we passed through. Imagine our horror at the...

  • Hidden benefits of rutted roads

    I would like to express my thoughts on the state of some of the roads. May I also congratulate and thank the previous and present ministers of transport, for both have contributed to-wards the health and economy of the islands. I am a tourist who...

  • Costly pills

    Recently I was in the UK and needed to buy a box of Esomeprazole 40mg tablets. Knowing that medicine is not cheap in the UK, I expected to pay quite a bit for it. So imagine my surprise when a box of 28 tablets cost a mere £7.29, when in Malta the...

  • Tribunal’s independence

    I refer to the opinion piece titled ‘Cure self-inflicted sickness’ by David Curmi and, in particular, to the portion that refers to the Industrial Tribunal. The correspondent should, perhaps, have concentrated more on the manner in which this...

  • Horse that cannot run

    Throughout its very long history with humans, the horse has been made famous in various ways. Roman Emperor Caligula, who is remembered in history for his eccentricities, putting it mildly, appointed his favourite horse as a Consul of Rome.

  • Spaghetti wiring

    Spaghetti wiring

    Over the years, Maltacom (the former government-owned landline telephone provider) and Enemalta (and its predecessor electricity supply provider) often fixed overhead wires haphazardly and chaotically, some even crossing main thoroughfares. One...

  • Overpriced monopoly

    The reply by Virtu Ferries’ Henri Saliba – ‘Real cost of ferry trip’, September 12 – to my letter of August 27 fell far short of an honest and open answer. I had clearly stated that a mid-September ‘normal return’ trip from Valletta to Pozzallo...

  • Railway exhibition

    With reference to the letter by Diane Taylor about the Malta railway, I wish to inform her that there was a railway in Malta which, from 1883 to 1931, operated between Valletta and Mtarfa, a distance of about 11 miles. Up to 1900, the route was...

  • No favour

    The article ‘Environment police unit suffers useless massacre’ (September 14) must have come as somewhat of a shock to European Commissioner designate Karmenu Vella ahead of his questioning by MEPs before his confirmation. The reasons for this...

  • Malta’s lessons for Scotland

    In the late 1950s, Malta voted to stay tied to the British yoke until it obtained independence in 1964. Mintoff was right to seek integration at the time. Malta’s economy was geared to the British presence and integration was then a sensible...

  • A Church too liberal

    A Church too liberal

    In this materialistic and consumerist day and age, our Catholic Church too is suffering. It is suffering from a lack of depth in spirituality, and an attachment to worldly mores, values and practices. Hence its message often sounds vacuous and...

  • ‘No’ to bays in Marsalforn

    I have a summer residence in Barda Street, Marsalforn. Over here there exists a big parking problem. Everyone parks as it pleases him or her without respecting garage or drive-in entrances. I informed the Żebbug local council about the problem and...

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