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Letters

  • Position on illegal parking

    Can Transport Malta clearly state what the position is regarding illegal parking by vehicles bearing foreign number plates? Are they subjected to the same fines that can be imposed on us when we park our vehicles illegally, for example at a...

  • Mobile causes accidents

    Mobile causes accidents

    There was recently talk in the UK of introducing a new procedure when an accident happens. It was suggested that the mobile phone of the driver involved in an accident be checked for any usage immediately prior to theaccident to establish whether...

  • Real but invisible

    Is it a coincidence, a calculated manoeuvre or an atheist fantastic notion that Karl Consiglio’s letter negating the existence of angels appeared in this newspaper on the same day as the liturgical feast of three great Archangels? I had written in...

  • Petards at midnight

    Last week, very loud blasts of deafening petards were heard in the vicinity of the old people’s home, Casa Serena, in Buġibba. This happened on three occasions, two of which happened to be at midnight. It seems these petards were let off from a...

  • A portrait of Zia Gio

    In order to commemorate our dear piano teacher, Giovanna Bascetta, known to us all as Zia Gio, a portrait is being painted of her which, it is hoped, could then hang in a suitable museum. The portrait has been commissioned and the plan is to...

  • Lidl prices

    Will Lidl Malta explain how it sells a microwave oven at €99 when the same oven is advertised by Lidl Italy on RAI TV at €59, on the same date, and when the VAT in Italy is higher than in Malta? The difference is €40.  

  • Credit where credit is due

    Credit where credit is due

    Recently, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat thanked the previous PN administration for work carried out that led to Malta gaining the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture 2018. Referring to Valletta 2018 in itself incorporates the Renzo...

  • Tourist’s view

    My wife and I have been coming to Malta annually since 2005. We love your island, the people, the landscape, the history. But one thing spoils it. We have noticed over the years a steady increase in the amount of rubbish – plastic bags, bottles,...

  • Hairstyles and school discipline

    I have always regarded members of the teaching profession as being people who are there to set standards by giving a good example to their students. My two sons attend a boys’ Church school in Gżira and I am simply dismayed at the fact that...

  • Armed forces’ new colours

    Armed forces’ new colours

    On October 3, I had the privilege of attending the blessing and presentation of the new colours to the Armed Forces of Malta. As a former serving member of the British armed forces, this event was indeed a very nostalgic and memorable one. The...

  • Medicine prices

    May I make the following suggestion to Helena Dalli, the minister responsible for consumer affairs, on the question of the scandalous prices of medicine. I understand, and stand to be corrected, that EU regulations prohibit the government...

  • Negating democracy

    In his letter ‘When the PN played with democracy’ (September 15), Eddy Privitera wrote that when the Nationalist Party condemned the government for entertaining the idea of postponing local council elections, it should have reminded...

  • Safety net for brave prostitutes

    Acclamation is in order for Labour deputy leader Toni Abela for being in favour of regulating prostitution. His is a very mature stand in a country suffering from a severe case of puritanism and inverted morality. Much of Maltese society and its...

  • Political blackmail

    The crux of the hunting problem in Malta is the two-party system. Both major parties are at fault because they are so keen to criticise each other that they cannot agree to present a common front on major issues. The hunting lobby uses a form...

  • The trails left by airplanes

    The government is elected for no other reason than to serve the people. Would the Prime Minister please tell us what benefit the chemicals being regularly discharged from large jet aircraft flying over Malta are to the people? When I ask...

  • Public bathing spot hangs in the balance

    Public bathing spot hangs in the balance

    Can the relevant authorities, that is, the Land Department and the Malta Tourism Authority, inform us why the old Balluta boathouse and slipway, which have been a favourite public bathing spot for many decades, are seemingly being given, or sold,...

  • No drivers kept idle

    Malta Public Transport categorically denies that drivers or buses are being kept idle (‘State drivers kept idle as UBS earns €30,000 a day’, The Sunday Times of Malta, October 5). The company has a strict policy that company resources, including...

  • Hazard just outside city

    Those like me who use public transport to go to Valletta and back, are risking a serious injury if they are not very careful how to walk on the small stretch of pavement coming out of City Gate on the left. To pinpoint the exact place, it is where...

  • Frustrating evening

    With regard to the letter by Joseph Muscat (September 19) regarding the performance of War and Peace at St James Cavalier, I too found it very frustrating. In fact, after 20 minutes of discordance and slow handclapping by the audience I went to...

  • Congestion charge needed for traffic

    Congestion charge needed for traffic

    The heavy traffic on our roads has become a major problem in terms of noise and air pollution, time wasted in driving from one place to another and accidents. The planned large developments in many urban areas will add to the problems. Some areas...