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Letters

  • Labour laws

    Can a collective agreement between employer/employee be of lower standards to local and European Union legislation? If not, why is it that such agreements are allowed to be signed and to stand? Don’t the local labour watchdogs scrutinise...

  • New way of evangelisation

    Education is the power by which to eradicate poverty, hunger and disease in Africa. Inspired by this idea, we missionaries working in Malindi-Kenya are doing our best to build schools and pay school fees for poor and orphans. This is a new system...

  • Motorcycles parked illegally

    The corner of Tigné Street with Tower Road, Sliema, is always littered with parked motorcycles, notwithstanding the ‘No parking’ sign displayed there. Besides being an eyesore, the parked motorcycles present an obstacle to pedestrians and...

  • The queen of hearts

    Sadly, Josette Amato passed away on August 31, the same day that Princess Diana, the queen of hearts, was tragically killed in a car accident in 1997. Coincidence? No. Josette was, without a shadow of doubt, the queen of hearts to all who were...

  • Charisma and vision

    Comments made by both Fr Alfred Micallef and Ranier Fsadni (September 4) brought out forcefully the distinction between the roles of administration and charisma in leadership. They were referring to the criticism of Archbishop Paul Cremona’s...

  • Reliable power supply

    In view of the recent power cuts, we had another one the Sunday before last, which took over two hours. Why is the government not considering a cable link to the European grid system through Sicily? There is, I believe, considerable doubt about...

  • Compare and contrast

    I refer to the item ‘Retailers’ confidence hits all-time low, finds survey’ (August 29). I was not surprised since, from experience, the huge difference of prices between local and continental are surprising. Just to mention one example: six...

  • A bus to nowhere

    A bus to nowhere

    I refer to the preferred bidder to run Malta’s new bus service, Autobuses de Leon. Having searched for information on this company it would appear that they are a suburban small outfit running 14 bus routes, with limited buses and personnel. Malta...

  • Small, big island

    As a temporary resident in Gozo, I have gained a fleeting knowledge of Malta’s long and, at times, turbulent history. My father served in the Royal Navy. He spoke little about his wartime experience but I know he made two convoy escort trips to...

  • Monument called Valletta

    Monument called Valletta

    The recent appearance of Austin Camilleri’s three-legged horse at the entrance of Valletta (incidentally, one of the finest, most elegant and enigmatic pieces of public art seen recently), has prompted two responses which best exemplify the dismal...

  • Caring judiciary

    I read with interest the report on the outcome of the public consultation meeting held recently on the White Paper proposing changes to the drug laws (September 3). Madam Justice Edwina Grima’s remarks on the important role of social workers in...

  • Air quality

    Can someone in authority check the air quality in the area between Lija cemetery and the concrete products manufacturing plant? The surrounding area and trees are covered in a thick layer of fine dust. No wonder it is impossible to keep our houses...

  • Hard-working catechists

    Reading the article about a catechist accused of defiling a boy (August 29), has left me wondering whether there is some new trend whereby people in the Church are being accused of these horrible things. Hoping that this is indeed simply an...

  • Mutual respect

    An answer to Imam Mohammed Elsadi’s comments (August 29) was given on the same day in Mgr Joseph Farrugia’s article seven pages away. While Muslims here are living in a tolerant and peaceful nation, the same cannot be said for the Christians...

  • Perils of integration

    The article by Hugh Peralta, ‘A time bomb to set off or defuse’ (August 25), is another timely eye-opener vis-à-vis the irregular immigration scenario. I would just like to highlight one point from his splendid contribution, that of...

  • Railway station

    A couple of years ago, while I was on holiday in Malta, I came across a railway station but when I asked people about the Malta railway nobody seemed to know anything about it. It was suggested that I write to Times of Malta, which may be able to...

  • Strait Street at its best

    Strait Street at its best

    May I comment on the ‘article’ titled ‘Strait Street sees red’ (August 30). In my opinion, the article is full of contradictory statements. First there is the statement of a “return to the ‘good old days’” and then the intended celebration of “its...

  • Happy schooldays

    I have just returned home from a wonderful holiday in the beautiful island of Malta where I visited my family and our precious granddaughter who have now settled there. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all concerned for such a...

  • The celibacy rule

    In his write-up on ‘The hardships of a celibate life’ (August 14), Fr Colin Apap was honest and courageous enough to admit, regarding a priest’s celibate life, that “those who think it’s always easy don’t know what they’re talking about”. The...

  • Development of Sir Arturo Mercieca Street

    I refer to the article entitled ‘Sliema flats plan unthinkable, says FAA’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 31). The NGO Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar admitted that it has been objecting to the over-development of Sliema and St Julian’s since 2006.

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