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Letters

  • Get your own house in order

    Opposition leader Simon Busuttil has started a new tactic to convince gullible voters that he wants to “clean up local politics”. It is said that talk is cheap. In his case it is even cheaper. Busuttil keeps repeating that he and his party are in...

  • Noise pollution and the Curia

    Noise pollution and the Curia

    It is manifestly clear that a breath of fresh air is blowing strongly through the musty corridors of the Malta Curia. Its recent concern about a proposed shooting range in the vicinity of Mount St Joseph, a retreat house on the outskirts of Mosta,...

  • Voters betrayed

    Governments across the globe get into power on the pretence of change, of a new beginning and a better future. They promise everything. They promise that they will work to the best of their ability and in the people’s best interests... Alas,...

  • Abortion breaches human rights

    Amnesty International’s current campaign for the decriminalisation of abortion in Ireland and Malta is further proof that the organisation is no longer a human rights defender. Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:...

  • High cost of traffic jams

    Has anyone ever worked out the cost in man hours that traffic jams are having on our economy, not to mention the effect on our health due to pollution and stress? It is taking hours, for people to get to work and return home. It takes me 45...

  • Road hazard

    Road hazard

    When are we going to banthese one-horsepower rides fromour streets? In this picture you can clearly see that the driver of the white van, just like those of the other vehicles behind it, had two choices to make. Either trail behind the horse or...

  • Nothing to tell the professor

    In his letter entitled ‘Cassola and the Spanish professor’ (June 13), Mark Sammut made the following comment: “I wonder what Cassola has to say to the Spanish professor (Federico Corriente)”. Unfortunately, I have never had the honour of meeting...

  • Saga of the building in Valletta

    I have been reading about the saga of the premises at Old Mint Street, Valletta. I have worked there and restored the building in the 1990s. The book restoration laboratory of the National Library was there until 1999, when I then went to work at...

  • An experience students relish

    As member of the chaplaincy team at St Aloysius College, every year, together with other teachers, I accompany some 500 students for a day of recollection at Mount St Joseph, Mosta. The ages range between 11 and 16. The primary and sixth form...

  • Proselytising presidency

    The Presidency has become a philanthropic agency with a ‘bleeding heart’ at its head. We had a recent President who went to Peru as a lay missionary during his tenure of office and who refused to sign the Civil Unions Bill into law, as he was...

  • The likely third Greek bailout

    I last wrote to this newspaper about the Greek bailout saga over two years ago when I advised Lawrence Gonzi to resist a second bailout request. At that time Malta’s contribution of €1,000 for every man woman and child seemed a high enough charge...

  • Mater Dei debacle

    It must be asked if defective concrete is generally found on Skanska projects or whether it is confined to Malta. A similar Skanska project, in which the 12-storey concrete construction is presumablyup to standard as it hasn’tyet collapsed, is the...

  • Charlie Charlie game is harmful

    Charlie Charlie game is harmful

    Many are downplaying the seriousness of the Charlie Charlie game. Yet they are mistaken. Charlie Charlie is a simplified version of the Ouija board. The game entails a pair of pencils or pens, a sheet of paper and the calling of a spirit named...

  • Wishing ‘good health’

    I refer to Michael Ellul’s letter ‘Greetings and Farewells’ (June 11) in which he mentions different ways of how we Maltese greet and salute each other when we happen to meet. I would like to add my tiny bit regarding “saħħa” and “good health”.

  • Water leak and missing letters

    On March 24, the chief officer of Water Services Corporation advised me that I had an abnormal usage of water and asked me to check the possibility of a water leakage. I had not suspected a leakage as it had been raining incessantly and,...

  • Influential educator

    Many years ago, Antoine Cachia Caruana was my mathematics teacher and sports master at St Edward’s College. I can proudly admit that he helped me no end in my character formation. Over many years, I would often visit Cachia Caruana at his...

  • Frustration with Abacus

    Frustration with Abacus

    I was somewhat surprised to read (June 8) that the authors of the Abacus textbooks reacted to my interview reported earlier in this paper. A few years ago, I had written an article on The Sunday Times of Malta practically pointing out all the...

  • Bitter chips at restaurants

    Can any reader recommend a restaurant in either Gozo or Malta where the sue of mobile phones, iPads, game consoles and so on is discouraged? It has become more and more annoying to try enjoying a pleasant meal out with friends or relatives only to...

  • A healthy economy

    Economists have to go upon facts as they perceive them, while endeavouring to avoid the temptation to tinge them with too much subjectivity, hard as this usually is. In Malta they are indeed grate­ful they can rely unhesitatedly on the NSO’s...

  • Hit drunk drivers where it hurts

    Drivers who drink and drive in any country are a menace and a grave danger. Most EU countries have dealt seriously with this problem. In Canada ‘Mad Mothers Against Drunk Drivers’, a volunteer group of women who have lost a member of their family...