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Letters

  • No national pride

    No national pride

    The identity of a country is moulded by its language, flag and national anthem. These three components should be cherished, upheld and defended if we are to be called true citizens of our country of birth. Last Sunday, I attended the international...

  • Enforcement

    I address the following to Planning Parliamentary Secretary Deborah Schembri. Reality must be faced and acted upon immediately even if three quarters of the people are to be sent out of buildings and made to pay penalties. Doing otherwise will be...

  • Overdue award

    I was awarded new property deeds by the Maltese courts in 2014. We are now near the end of 2016 and it seems as though the courts have abandoned or completely forgotten about this award. I wonder what one should do in such circumstances.

  • The facts on Townsquare

    With reference to George Debono’s article ‘Townsquare and the rape of Sliema’ (September 4) I would like to point out several inaccuracies in his references to my interview with Vanessa Macdonald that appeared on the previous Sunday in the same...

  • Thank you

    I am very grateful to the Mission Fund in Malta for its generous donations to the Galilee Centre in Debre Zeit, 50 kilometres south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A grant of €15,800 helped us to drill a borehole and another grant of €2,000 was used to...

  • Rotary promotes goodwill and peace

    Rotary promotes goodwill and peace

    I recently had the opportunity to participate in the 2016 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) North America Conference, which was held in Washington DC from July 19 to 24. RYLA is an intensive training programme that brings together youths and...

  • Dictionary of Maltese Biographies

    The second edition of the Dictionary of Maltese Biographies is due to be published. The publication will once again include a biography of Maltese people of all times and will also list their publications. In the case of authors, artists and...

  • Skyscraper wind effect

    I refer to David Carrington’s very interesting letter entitled ‘Townsquare project: inadequate EIA?’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, September 4). Mr Carrington wrote about the strong gusts that are created when skyscrapers are built. A I live...

  • Gas storage tanker

    So the Prime Minister has, at last, announced his gift to the people of Marsaxlokk and Bir­żeb­buġa. He told them that the gas storage tanker will be placed in the harbour for “a few years”. The word ‘few’ is open to anyone’s...

  • Toxic pollution from traffic

    This newspaper’s website uploaded a stunning video clip of a vehicle spewing smoke in the main street in Fgura (‘Smoke machine belches through Fgura’, timesofmalta.com, September 3). Of course, this kind of environmental irresponsibility is so...

  • Chaotic development at Tigné

    Chaotic development at Tigné

    Sliema, in particular the Tigné peninsula, is under more pressure from speculators than ever. The Townsquare skyscraper has been approved and the developers now insist on their ‘right’ to maximise returns from their investment. Almost 25 years...

  • Death as a holy experience

    I am writing in response to Mario Garrett’s article entitled ‘When the Lord wants to take me’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 14). Nine years ago my dear father passed away after a long battle with cancer. I was with him on his last admittance...

  • Education fights poverty

    In Africa, education has the power to eradicate poverty, hunger and disease. Inspired by this idea, we missionaries working in Malindi, Kenya, are doing our best to build schools and to pay the school fees for the poor and orphaned children. On...

  • We only live once

    In his letter ‘From theocracy to secularism’ (August 18), John Guillaumier opts for a present-day Malta - where divorce and same-sex marriages have already been legalised, where the morning-after pill, assisted suicide, euthanasia, extinction of...

  • Unwelcoming air quality

    Unwelcoming air quality

    I am a Canadian who visits Malta every year for a month in February. That should make me a desirable visitor to Malta in the off-peak season. At that time of year, the beaches are secondary but it is ideal for hiking in the countryside and...

  • A ‘rary’ story

    Like so many others interested in archaeology, I was saddened by the passing away of David Trump. He was a lifelong friend of Malta and has contributed a lot to our knowledge of our past. He was a year my junior and in our 20s we used to hang out...

  • Money-making wardens

    The much-maligned traffic wardens system has tried to shed its skin by changing its name to LESA but it apparently remains largely a highway-robbery system. There is a street in peripheral Attard where a LESA-operated camera records motorists who...

  • Problem pavements

    I was already penning a complaint letter when an article titled ‘Shabby Sliema’ (September 2) instigated me to make a wake-up call to the National Commission for Persons with Disability. I’m sure I will be voicing the complaints of many others. My...

  • The real Dom Mintoff

    The real Dom Mintoff

    Henry Frendo was the first University of Malta academic to deplore the appearance of a lengthy, nauseatingly hagiological article on Dom Mintoff written by a fellow academic, Raymond Mangion . Those who, like me, lived so many years when Mintoff...

  • Paternal responsibility

    Germany’s Justice Ministry has introduced a change in the law that would oblige mothers in certain paternity cases to reveal who were their sexual partners during the conception period. The measure would apply when men who had supported a child,...

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