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Letters

  • Property market index

    According to the new rent laws enacted in 2010, the ministry responsible for accommodation was, in January 2014, due to issue regulations proposing a property market value index so that lessors will be able to adjust the rentand start getting a...

  • Hospital parking

    People of my generation have been brought up to consider punctuality as both a matter of virtue as well as one of basic courtesy. So If my appointment with a consultant doctor at Mater Dei Hospital is for 10am then one leaves home early enough to...

  • Works in progress

    This newspaper reported the quick action of the local councils to clear beaches of rubbish and seaweed. It seems this must still be work in progress because at Mellieħa Bay clearing took place for some days but everything stoppedat Sunday...

  • Demolition of an icon

    Demolition of an icon

    Unfortunately, this week, Gozo lost one of its iconic buildings. It wasn’t any so-called ‘important’ or ‘scheduled’ house. It was known as Qbajjar cottage and, in my childhood, it was a lonely house at Xwejni Bay, close to Marsalforn. It was a...

  • Let me get off

    Let me get off

    Well, well, there you have it. Donald Trump in the White House. Come to think of it, with Trump, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un each having their finger on the nuclear button, it is time to stop the world and ask to get off.      

  • God bless Donald Trump

    It was deeply satisfying to witness Hillary Clinton’s defeat at the hands of Donald Trump, more so after reading the subdued coverage of the Times of Malta of this historic event, with this paper trying to demean the great man’s triumph by...

  • Biggest upset

    The world has just witnessed probably the biggest upset in American politics because although Donald Trump was a heavy underdog he still managed to pull a stunning victory. The media was all out against him, including this week’s Time and The ...

  • Flawed Equality Bill

    I refer to the letter by Reuben Sciberras, on behalf of the Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, on ADF International’s remarks on the proposed Maltese Equality Bill (November 9). ADF International advocates for...

  • Theatre productions

    On behalf of the management committee and members of the MADC (1910), I would like to add our appeal to that of Adrian Buckle of Unifaun Productions against the decision taken by this newspaper to stop publishing a review of theatre productions if...

  • Death is not the end

    Readers may think I am John Guillaumier’s shadow penfriend. In a way, I am, because when I consider that these last few years his letters were treated as if they had just been handed down from the mount on a tablet of stone, I should have the same...

  • State of Malta’s roads

    Now that the EP President Martin Schulz will be visiting Malta on an official visit, will he bother to see where the European funds allocated for the embellishment of Malta’s roads are going? Oops! I forgot that on such occasions, on strict...

  • Social discrimination

    Social discrimination

    The President’s efforts at raising “social solidarity” awareness are obviously laudable, and particularly so to inculcate in the young the notion that, besides rights, they also have responsibilities to the society that is paying for their...

  • What admirable leadership?

    It seems that Desmond Zammit Marmarà (November 4), had written his piece before Joe Camilleri’s outburst on Facebook, and Mark Sammut’s publication Panama Papers. I am sure Zammit Marmarà  knows who these gentlemen are. I will only quote a very...

  • Not a dog whistle

    If alive, economist J.M. Keynes might well have been inclined to apply for Maltese citizenship. Our government, rightly, has all along been embracing Keynesianism as its motivating economic doctrine. And it has worked so well that, if a general...

  • Better life for all

    The Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties refers to the article entitled ‘Equality Bill “may encroach on our fundamental rights”’ (November 7). The ministry rejects the statements made by Adina Portaru, on behalf of...

  • A garden for Paceville

    A garden for Paceville

    There has been much discussion and even government-sponsored full-page advertisements showing very limited views of some areas covered by the Paceville regeneration plan. Having studied this plan, can I make a suggestion that, since St George’s...

  • Political speeches

    Those so-called ‘PN switchers’ who had voted Labour for the first time in 2013 and havesince switched back to the Nationalist Party, having been influenced by all the inflated, twisted and, at times, invented stories about “scandals”, which were...

  • Walk tall

    Having read the observations by Julius Järvinen about reactions to his walking the short distance of 20 minutes daily, I would like to add my similar experiences with my fellow countryfolk’s attitudes. There are many odd attitudes in relation to...

  • Shooting continues

    Shooting  continues

    We walk our dog along the Foresta 2000 area most days. On November 4, we were sad to see a dead bird lying on the path and we found three cartridges along the path too. It is an area banned to hunters.

  • Ask a policeman

    On October 27, my husband and I were flying back to the UK but the taxi did not show up at 4am, as agreed, and had still not arrived at 4.30. How could we get another one at short notice at that time? We found the answer: at the Qawra police...

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