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Letters

  • Dangerous pavements

    For the umpteenth time, together with other correspondents, I have written about pavements which are built, not with the pedestrians’ safety in mind, but funnily enough, to accommodate cars so they may be driven smoothly in and out of garages. It...

  • Voting with one’s head

    In a recent Iswed fuq l-Abjad on Net TV ably presented by Frank Psaila, Michael Falzon, the former PN minister, said that despite his outspoken criticism prior to the 2013 election, he voted with his heart and therefore voted PN. Had he voted with...

  • Trees blind drivers at roundabouts

    Trees blind drivers at roundabouts

    First of all I should say that the private company looking after the roundabouts on Gozo and Malta is doing an excellent job and some of them are a joy to circumvent. However, a few of them are downright dangerous because of the trees that are...

  • Killing fields

    Again we see the weak Maltese government ‘giving in’ to the pro-hunting lobby. How strange that Malta, now a member of the EU, takes everything it can from the ‘coffers of Brussels’, yet will not abide by directives from the EUin regard to this...

  • Suicide aid

    I cannot understand why suddenly it has become fashionable to refer to assisted suicide as assisted dying. The very word ‘assist’ means to help. So in fact one is helping someone take his own life at his request. That is suicide. Let us call a...

  • Blasphemy

    I am disgusted by the published photo of revelry in front of the Mosta parish church to celebrate the feast of Santa Marija. The picture smacks of clowning in honour of the Blessed Virgin, tantamount to blasphemy!

  • Not an NGO

    I refer to a report carried in Times of Malta (August 5) under the heading ‘Dressing down pays off for NGO’. Both heading and contents are in fact inaccurate since Dar Kenn għal Saħħtek, which was the subject of the report, is not an NGO and...

  • Parking headache

    Parking at the Day Care Unit, which lies at the back of Mater Dei Hospital, is indeed an incredibly complicated affair. One first arrives at the front office, where one is directed to a little room near the general parking area. There, one is...

  • Marathon hunting

    Marathon hunting

    I noted that the autumn hunting season starts on September 1 this year. I did a little checking and note that sunrise on September 1 is at 6.34am and sunset is at 7.30pm, leaving our hunters with almost 13 hours of daylight to enjoy their age-old...

  • The drive to cycle safely

    Peter Murray, in ‘Licence and Insurance for Cyclists’ (August 9), asked if a cyclist needs such provisions to ride on the road. The simple answer is no. As explained to Murray on numerous previous occasions, both a motor vehicle driving licence...

  • Expensive impatience

    A tender for office furniture closed on June 10. Nothing simpler. Yet, it took the Employment and Training Corporation two months to evaluate it. Delivery was stipulated for four weeks from award. ‘X’ was cheaper than ‘Y’ by €1,300 (about 20 per...

  • Stamp duty

    Europeans often claim that Britain is ‘closer’ to America than to the EU but Maltapost plc has definitely decided that Malta is nearer to the USA than to Europe. Letter postal rate from Malta to the USA (up to 20gm – most letters) is 51c and to...

  • Leave Qala square alone

    I’ve been coming to Gozo every year for a long time now, and in my opinion it’s like heaven on earth. I lost the rose-coloured glasses a long time ago and realise that like everywhere else on earth it has its faults and its problems but when you...

  • The real story behind the gate

    Albeit saddened, I read with interest Mark Anthony Falzon’s ‘Councils in search of an idea’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 10). The reconstruction of il-Bieb tal-Furdulis, as it was colloquially known, has been on the agenda since it was...

  • The persecution of Christians

    Islamic terror groups are executing and torturing people in Iraq and Syria by the thousands. The Islamic State terror group has expelled an entire Christian community in Iraq from a city that the community has lived in for over 1,600 years. The...

  • Distribution of e -ID cards

    Last Tuesday, Maltapost tried to deliver our new e-ID cards but we were not at home. Instead, a note was left in our letter box informing us that an attempt to deliver the cards was made and as we were not available a second attempt would be made...

  • The two long blackouts

    I thought that on Tuesday evening (August 22) we were commemorating the 100th anni­versary of the declaration of World War I with two long blackouts – then I realised this was not the case. Let’s face it, even on an is­land devoid of recent...

  • No sympathy to the victims

    On our most recent trip to Malta, a journey we make several times per year, we had an unpleasant experience. I am 70 and need a walking stick to get around. We had to go to ARMS, a time-consuming and unpleasant experience in itself, and we had...

  • World War I poster

    On August 4, 1914, Great Britain declared war on Germany. Immediately after this declaration, the British government set up the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee with the clear purpose of encouraging the young men of Britain to join into the...

  • Unruly behaviour by foreign students

    Quite rightly, Lino Briguglio complains of the annoying behaviour and great inconvenience which foreign students attending different language schools in Sliema are creating for the residents (‘Nuisance caused by foreign students’, Times of Malta,...

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