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Letters

  • Ghost channel

    Diva Channel (Melita 313) kept reminding us all through June that it would close down at the end of that month. When that ultimately happened it was not replaced. In fact, channel 313 has been wiped out from the memory of the viewer. Are we paying...

  • Beach needs better facilities

    Mellieħa Bay is one of our leading beaches and, over the last few years, it has been awarded Blue Flag status. However, it does lack facilities, especially for persons with special needs. There are only three Blue Sticker parking bays among...

  • Bus passes do work

    I’ve left it till all the rhetoric has been said regarding the new Tallinja cards. I would like to congratulate both Malta Public Transport and the government on this initiative, it’s been long awaited. This new system allows people to board a...

  • Bid to speed up boarding

    I refer to the letters ‘Payment for bus journeys’ (July 16). With regard to “speed” and “rapidity”, which were mentioned by Philip Bonello, of Paola, Malta Public Transport noted that, prior to the introduction of the bus card, drivers had to...

  • Make those who are idle join the AFM

    I share Minister Evarist Bartolo’s great concern that, in such a small population as ours, we should have as many as 1,085 people aged 17 who are not working, studying or in some formal training structure. These are human resources going to...

  • Secluded bays are as nature intended

    Secluded bays are as nature intended

    The article about Fomm ir-Riħ (July 15) has fired up another controversy between the environmentalists, the Ramblers Association and others that wish to have access to this beautiful bay as Maltese citizens. I am sure that there are more secluded...

  • Opera screening snuffed out

    Months ago Eden Cinemas had announced that they wouldbe transmitting the opera La Boheme from the Royal Opera Covent Garden during the month of June, 2015, the main artistes being Joseph Calleja and Anna Netrebko. Anticipation turned into...

  • BOV fund

    Especially in the wake of amerited glowing report by Standard & Poor’s on Malta’s economic growth prospects, describedas ‘positive’ and ‘solid’, it is indeed opportune to remind the government of its electoral promiserelating to the many...

  • ‘Sorry, we’ve killed off the birds’

    ‘Sorry, we’ve killed off the birds’

    Reports in newspapers said that the EU has closed the infringement case relating to the spring hunting of turtle dove and quail. Are not turtle dove now a declared threatened species? Why, with the world more aware than ever of the threat to more...

  • State of our toilets

    Further to Joseph Busuttil’s letter titled ‘National disgrace’ (July 13), I happened to be at Malta’s international airport last week where I needed to use the public lavatory at the departure lounge. Three of the four men’s toilets were out of...

  • Melita bills by email

    I refer to the letter by Malcolm Briffa (director, Melita Customer Experience) on July 14. I would like to inform Mr Briffa that he is in some way incorrect. When I went to the Melita office in Valletta, apart from the heat and people shouting and...

  • Potholed road must still wait

    I am writing this letter to let readers know that the Żebbuġ local council cannot afford €50 in raw materials to temporarily fill in the potholes that would make any moon proud to have as craters. I am referring to Patri Pelaġju Mifsud...

  • Vilification of religion

    A few definitions for the word vilify found in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary are the following: to lower or lessen in worth or value; to denigrate; to ridicule; to scorn; to defame; to despise. This same word has recently been used to...

  • Rude and uncouth Royal

    Rude and uncouth Royal

    I read the Times of Malta article ‘UK’s Prince Philip caught on camera swearing at photographer’ (July 11). This is really part of a boorish, lifelong tendency by Britain’s Prince Philip to use expletives when he gets even mildly perturbed. His...

  • Who is right?

    The Social Solidarity Minister’s statement that pensioners who are now 65 will start receiving the guaranteed national minimum pension (GNMP) within five years of 2016 is surprising because the implementation schedule on page 16 of the Report of...

  • Rushed silence

    Watching television coverage of the remembrance service to mark the July 7 London bombings, which included observing a minute of silence, I wondered what has happened to the ‘traditional’ two-minute silence. Do we now live such busy lives and in...

  • Road to Gaffarena land

    I refer to the article ‘Road to Gaffarena is paved with taxpayer’s cash’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, July 12). The road referred to was surfaced as part of a project financed through the European Agricultural Fund for rural development.

  • Point of no return?

    I refer to the interview with the new president of Din l-Art Ħelwa, Maria Grazia Cassar (‘We need to slow down the pace of development’, The Sunday Times of Malta, July 12). I must admit I am concerned about the state of our environment. Recently...

  • Plea for truth and integrity

    Not only has this government made one gaffe after another with regards to the environment, not only are we witnessing amateurish governance with cases of misconduct that are being unveiled almost on a daily basis, the natural sequence is another...

  • Tallinja online applications

    I refer to the letter ‘Unfair pricing’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, July 12). Malta Public Transport clarified that all the fares, tickets and cards that came into effect as of July 1 are available to anyone irrespective of their place of residence...

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