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Letters

  • St Paul and St Publius

    Both Valletta and Floriana commemorate the two patron saints of these islands. Both feasts are of national importance, as both saints were responsible for the introduction of Christianity here. It is a pity that due to lack of knowledge, many...

  • Parking spaces on a bus stop

    On the bus stop in Patri Manuel Magri Street in Ħamrun, opposite a pastizzeria, there are two parking bays. Can anyone responsible allow parking spaces on a bus stop? As senior citizens we find it difficult to board a bus heading for Mater Dei...

  • Noise pollution

    Residents of Qawra Point were happy to see the area near Fra Ben turned into a national aquarium. This national project was marketed as a ‘Better Quality of Life’ project and was 50 per cent financed by the European Regional Development...

  • Territorial security

    A few years ago, when we visited Berlin, I noted that German airport immigration officials demanded passports or other identity documentation, and I wondered whether Schengen rules were being interpreted differently in different countries, knowing...

  • Care standards at elderly home

    The article that appeared in Times of Malta on April 8 under the heading ‘No standards of care for elderly residences’ makes a number of gratuitous and incorrect statements with regard to Casa Francesco Home for the Elderly which need to be...

  • Neglected heritage

    The Maltese dura is a structure built with rubble stones in round configuration and where the hunter sits and awaits turtle doves. (It is not as shown on photos in the media.). It is unique and typically Maltese and not seen elsewhere. It...

  • Snobbery

    At the top of all the uninformed and bigoted comments in Ivan Fenech’s article on Tuesday, April 7, the one about “The Labour Party is the product of the uneducated working class” beggars belief. Not being Maltese, I can observe unemotionally...

  • Abolition of death penalty

    A plea for the abolition of the death penalty was part of the text of the Way of the Cross led by Pope Francis at the Colosseum in Rome on Good Friday. At the Eleventh Station, ‘Jesus is nailed to the Cross’, the following meditation was...

  • Hearses hog outside lane

    On many roads we see the sign “slow moving traffic keep to the left”. What really intrigues me is why, when hearses are doing their job, that is carrying the dead, followed by funeral cars, they always keep to the outside lane. Everyone...

  • Very egoistic noise

    Very egoistic noise

    The ‘incessant’ and ‘monotonous’ adjectives used to describe the noise of the cuqlajta (wooden ratchet) in Siġġiewi, in one of Darrin Zammit Lupi’s pictures (above), are just perfect. I would just add another one though: egoistic. It was played...

  • Massacre of future leaders

    It is with great sorrow that I read about the 147 Christian students massacred at the Garissa University in Kenya. Did the Al Shabaab barbarians not realise that, someday, those same students they killed would have become doctors, statesmen and so...

  • Britain deserves a new PM

    I truly believe that Britain deserves a new prime minister. David Cameron, has languished in his office and stagnates as badly as the way wages, according to the article ‘British Parliament dissolved, election campaign is now on’ (March 31),...

  • Bishops being good shepherds

    In chapter 10 of his gospel, John, Jesus says: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). In this year dedicated to consecrated life, three bishops come to my mind who have lived this sentence...

  • Busy day for ferry boat

    Busy day for ferry boat

    Easter Sunday was a busy day, especially for the boat ferrying passengers crossing from Vittoriosa and Senglea to Valletta. On several trips, the ferry leaving Vittoriosa was packed and was not able to take more passengers from Senglea. The...

  • No pity at all

    It is rather difficult for us mere mortals to understand the reason why a hunter wakes up at 3am on a cold and rainy day, go to the countryside and kill birds which are about to produce their offsprings in spring. He may not realise that these...

  • Implicit questions

    Like my friend and colleague Jean Karl Soler (April 4), I am not a hunter and am personally against the killing of animals for sport. I feel I must thank my fellow Maltese who took the initiative to enable the voting Maltese public to participate...

  • Voting from abroad – the sky really is the limit

    Voting from abroad – the sky really is the limit

    On the eve of the last general election, the three major political parties committed to making it easier for those of us living abroad to exercise our right to vote (right). Two years on, there is nothing to show for that rare moment of...

  • Vote Yes but replace birds

    The real reason for the referendum on spring hunting is that the birds are killed on their way to breed. On the other hand, turtle doves and quails pass over Malta and Gozo in moderately significant numbers only in spring. In other countries, such...

  • The rational way forward

    Having followed both sides of the spring hunting referendum campaign I must admit that I find the facts presented rather confusing. On one side, I am told derogation is possible, the hunted birds are sustainable and that Malta has a right to...

  • Where’s the balance?

    Hugh Peralta argues (‘Common property’, April 2) that birds are co-owned by every human being and, therefore, “the bird killer is not legally entitled, for his own private pleasures or gain, to destroy another person’s enjoyment...”. Fish are...