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Letters

  • Educational system

    I refer to the letter by Martin Spillane, ‘The jug theory of learning’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, October 12) in reply to my letter about education. Part of his criticism seems to be directed more at other systems of education than the one I...

  • Voices concert 2014 criticism

    I have always been a keen supporter of Voices and I always make it a point to attend their concerts together with family and friends. This year was no exception, and while I thank the organisers, choir members, musicians and all participants I...

  • Delayed power station

    Way back before the elections, Joseph Muscat gave us a date detailing when his power station would be ready. As we get closer to that date he now tells us this project has been delayed by a few months. This time he’s not even giving us a date.

  • Nobel winner: social but not anti-market

    Many academics teaching financial services regulation around the world are feeling very happy these days... one of their breed has made it to the Nobels. The award of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Economics to Frenchman Jean Marc Tirole must come to be...

  • Promises

    What with the one-time payment of €25 per family for the largest electricity blackout and the announced €1.16 per week rise in salary, the Labour government has really created a new middle class, as promised before the last election.    

  • Disappearing phone book

    Up to a few years ago, when there was only one landline service for the whole of Malta, a telephone directory used to be issued every two or three years. Then the service provider was privatised, other companies entered the fray and the...

  • Monuments everywhere

    In the recent frenzy that gripped our national psyche to clutter the landscape with monuments, statues and other accessories, we have now managed to hide the Valletta bastions from view with an installation that was placed right at the...

  • An island where cranes never migrate

    An island where cranes never migrate

    They are here all year round; they mate with excavators and nest on dug-out and flattened land where they lay eggs that give birth to all sorts of buildings too often left unfinished, unsold and unrented. Before nesting on new land grabbed from...

  • Maltese films are just shoddy

    It is a pitiful and wretched sight to witness Maltese efforts at the art of film-making. Even watching a trailer for a Maltese ‘film’ is seriously depressing. How anyone with even a modicum of knowledge of European and American films could ever...

  • Bad Swieqi roads

    Swieqi is mainly a residential area and surely the authorities are aware it is full of poorly-surfaced roads. Much work has been done in recent months to improve the quality of its roads. But much yet remains to be done. There are four cases in...

  • What’s in a name?

    I sympathise with Peter Murray’s comment that fish common names can confuse (October 11). For the record, lampuki (Coryphaena hippurus) is a migratory species circumglobal in subtropical seas. Lampuki, I believe, is derived either from the...

  • Armier solution

    The way forward regarding the illegal boathouses in Armier, and anywhere else for that matter, is for the government to appoint an independent board that will establish how long each squatter has occupied the land. The squatter will then be made...

  • U-turns or obstinacy ?

    Of course I prefer to see none of both. But, were I to have to choose, I opt for U-turns rather than sheer obstinacy by a political party in harness. As for a party in opposition: silence in preference to nonsense or shibboleths.

  • Costly cancer medication

    Costly cancer medication

    The Reuters feature on lung cancer (October 11) is a good example of medical journalism of no practical value to the public. Pathologists have known for at least 50 years that cancers evolve in a multi-step fashion from innocent changes...

  • Communion to those who are remarried

    The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops is under way until Sunday. I am following most of the interventions by bishops and cardinals and my general impression is that most of them are trying to please the media. Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio said...

  • High expenses facing Gozitan students

    Students all around the globe face financial challenges and most do work part time to keep things afloat. The Gozo University Group, after lending an ear to a number of students, has noticed a growing concern regarding rent expenses. Over the past...

  • Leave the bus terminus be

    Leave the bus terminus be

    It has been reported that architect Antonio Belvedere, from Renzo Piano’s office, and Richard England made a case for transforming Valletta’s ditch into a garden as originally planned rather than a parking area. They also insisted that the bus...

  • ‘Political blackmail’

    Referring to hunting as a “problem”, Frans Said, in his letter ‘Political blackmail’ (October 8) states: “If both major political parties were to unite to seek what is best for these islands, this type of blackmail will lose its impact.” Just to...

  • Chemtrails

    John Ivens (October 8) is the latest in a long list of uninformed people paranoid about a perfectly normal phenomenon – water vapour contrails left by aircraft. These trails have been a regular feature in the skies ever since World War I, when...

  • Yobs by any other name

    I was recently in Malta, staying on the eastern side of Rabat. I read the Times of Malta and was shocked by the actions of some 30 yobs – they do not deserve to be called ‘hunters’ – and one hopes their actions against innocent bird watchers...