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Letters

  • The invisible disease

    May 19 is World IBD Day – a day to draw attention to the debilitating chronic conditions that fall within the family known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease. These include Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease, both of which cause bleeding, joint...

  • The humble and humane lawyer

    The humble and humane lawyer

    In the mid-1960s, judges in Malta still wore top hats and tails. They held themselves aloof. They did not mix – except with their own kind. The new law courts had not moved to Republic Street, as yet called Kingsway, in the capital, Valletta. Most...

  • No English spoken here

    I realise that, with our joining the European Union, we opened our doors to foreign workers. I have nothing at all against them. I don’t expect them to communicate in Maltese as that takes time. But neither do I expect their knowledge of English...

  • Some owners keep staff tips

    Recently I was disappointed to discover that some unscrupulous restaurant owners are pocketing a sometimes significant proportion of the tips left by patrons for the service staff. A number of staff from restaurants and bars with whom I have...

  • Misery in South Sudan

    Apart from the terrible fractious situation in modern Syria, torn by an unending internecine conflict, seemingly with no end in sight, with the cost of thousands of dead and hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the fighting and bombardments,...

  • Valletta’s secret gardens

    Valletta’s secret gardens

    The decision to open two 400-year-old gardens in Valletta to the public for the first time was well-intentioned and drew a good response from the public. That of St Catherine’s monastery in the lower part of Republic Street is very interesting.

  • Great injustice in Brazil

    What one now expects to happen in Brazil, once the honest and capable President Dilma Rousseff has been impeached, is that wherever she goes she will be applauded, and wherever the new President appears he will be met with gestures of...

  • Change the monument

    Now that the awful monument in Castille Square, which resembles a turd tied into a knot, has served its purpose, it is time the authorities consider moving the ugly sight to the drainage recycling plant in Marsascala and instead install the statue...

  • Just repeats

    I am writing to complain about Melita. Along with many hundreds of other people, I am paying Melita a lot of money every month so I can watch TV. However, every time I switch on the TV I can guarantee you I will be watching yet another repeat show...

  • Error of judgement

    It is widely accepted – except by Simon Busuttil and the PN – that Konrad Mizzi had committed an error of judgement when deciding to accept his financial advisor’s recommendation to set up a shell company in Panama. Mizzi has admitted as much and,...

  • Modern-day laicism

    This newspaper recently reported Archbishop Charles Scicluna as saying that “Ethics classes are not a replacement for religion” (April 23). The article featured prominently a photo of a handshake between the Archbishop and Education Minister...

  • Road hazards

    Road hazards

    Some of the water grids installed along one side of Eucharistic Congress Road, Mosta, are in dire need of repair. I sent an e-mail to the local council and, within a few minutes, a reply came saying they passed on my complaint to Transport Malta...

  • Traffic control

    It has been reported that there was an increase of some 29 per cent in traffic accidents. So, if I may ask, what are the authorities doing about this? The only warped control is parking but even this is done at random and on an unjustified...

  • Smokers

    People who go to restaurants probably keep twiddling their thumbs till the food comes. Others, like myself, have a smoke while people cower away in case they become passive smokers. Why should us smokers be deprived of doing something we know is...

  • Unsightly antennae

    Unsightly antennae

    We have spent millions on the entrance to our capital city and I think we should be spending a few hundred to remove the ghastly and unneeded antennae atop the government flats.

  • Nationalismis back

    In a globalised era, even countries as big as the US, France and Germany can feel small. And this is why politicians like Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen and Austrian presidential hopeful Norbert Hofer are so in fashion.  In a number of European...

  • A beacon of hope

    In the midst of our tribulations, life has many marvels that give us considerable comfort and contentment. The talents embodied in the personality of Joseph Ganado were utilised to the best of his ability with the impeccable results of his...

  • A green valley again

    The committee members of the NGO Wirt San Ġwann would like to thank and congratulate all those who for the past weeks and months had been signing petitions and organising meetings and protests to urge the Planning Authority to reject the...

  • Use of EU funds

    I refer to the article ‘Mcast loses EU funds, cancels tender’ (May 11). The article gives a very unfair impression of the manner in which Mcast managed to use EU funds during the last programming period. For the record, Mcast disbursed 98.55 per...

  • Watch where you’re going

    Watch where you’re going

    Some months ago, I drew the attention of my local council to a danger spot on the pavement just across from the old PN club in Regional Road, Santa Venera, and was told they had contacted the people responsible. The danger is posed by concrete...