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Letters

  • Council wants Qala trees out

    In the light of all the contro-versy surrounding the continued destruction of trees in Malta, it is saddening to discover that Qala council has applied to Mepa to remove the 32 mature trees which adorn one of Gozo’s most popular squares. The usual...

  • Dedication and individual care

    I read with great interest the article ‘College Rules, OK?’ about St Aloysius College published in The Sunday Times of Malta on March 16. We have to recognise the important role that the Church plays in our society, especially in the education of...

  • Arrogance under this government

    The majority of voters prior to the last general elections failed to analyse what was being discussed in the electoral campaign. For this reason – wanting change at all costs – they gave the go-ahead to Joseph Muscat to govern the...

  • High hopes for Synod

    I enjoyed Fr John Caruana’s letter/article (March 25). His optimism reflects a good part of my high hopes for the Synod of Bishops. I truly believe that Pope Francis is one of the most keenly attuned Pontiffs in many centuries. He is actually...

  • Some more witticisms

    Following on Terry Bate’s (March 22) and Peter Apap Bologna’s (March 25) contributions, I would like to make my own contributions, taken from my book I Remember. After a wet get-together: “It was one of those touching reunions; I myself was...

  • Sorry for the successes

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has asked the Nationalist Party to apologise for the projects PN-led governments carried out over the last 25 years. Knowing Eddie Fenech Adami and Lawrence Gonzi, I am convinced that they will not do this, because it...

  • Applications to Mcast

    Caroline Balzan, Mcast’s PR and communications manager (March 17), made only one statement in reply to my letter (March 1), saying that they “do their best to accommodate all applicants”. Doing their best is not a guarantee that all applicants are...

  • The boy saved from drowning

    I saved a young Maltese boy from the sea at St George’s Bay on July 4, 1974. I was on detachment with the Royal Air Force from Britain and the incident happened while I was on duty. I believe Charlie was his name and he had gone for a swim with a...

  • Natural born blockers

    Going through the monumental work by Roger Ellul Micallef, Zammit of Malta, I found that when, in the early 20th century, the Secretary of State for the Colonies authorised the call for tenders on the purchase of electric power plants, to increase...

  • Big Bang: just a theory

    There is no way to know exactly what happened some 13.8 billion years ago, when our universe burst onto the scene. But scientists announced last week a discovery on how our universe came to be: it rapidly expanded in less than a trillionth of a...

  • Daylight robbery on medicines

    The Opposition’s spokesman for health, Claudio Grech, is of the opinion that medicines “which are cheap” should no longer be given free by the government. My reply is this: we have no cheap medicine in Malta. We have about the costliest medicine...

  • Surnames in Scotland

    I was recently on holiday in Malta and was chatting to a man on the bus to Sliema. He asked me if I knew anyone with the surname Lowell in Scotland as he was doing some family history research. I did not know of anyone but told him there was a...

  • Tiny stamps

    A few days ago I received a letter from an old friend of mine who collects stamps including Malta’s. He has asked me to buy him a set of the last stamps issue by Maltapost on March 18, 2014. This keen philatelist remarked that the set of stamps...

  • Cars so noisy they vibrate

    Much has been said about nightclub noise over the years and, again, lately but no one seems to regard the excessive noise from cars as intrusive or even as pollution. We have had, for far too long, cars with exhaust pipes the size of drain pipes,...

  • Controversial Pope Francis

    Times of Malta published several write-ups on Pope Francis to mark the first anniversary of his pontificate. None of them mentioned his most controversial statements, most of which sent shock waves among the Catholic faithful. In an interview with...

  • VAT refunds on funerals

    In September 2013, I applied for a VAT refund on funeral expenses paid. An acknowledgement was received (Ref. FU/1282/13). On enquiring by phone, the officer responsible for refunds stated that it was normal for an application to take an average...

  • New promise in the pipeline

    Somebody told me that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat “promised” (he is fond of promises) that the gas tanker would remain in Marsaxlokk bay until a gas pipeline from Italy is in place. I hope that this news will now receive the applause of the...

  • Pseudo science on the radio

    Problems related to health are evidently a very favourite topic on radio programmes. Listening to one the other day, a lady presenter was expounding at length and with fervour the virtues of homeopathy. I waited for the bald statement that...

  • Pharmacy of Your Choice

    The ministry takes exception to the article ‘Government pledges end to POYC interference’ published in Times of Malta on March 20. At no point during the meeting did the permanent secretary state that he will “do everything within his power to...

  • ‘Anarchy’ in Xlendi

    After reading the On the Dot item about a corner restaurant in Xlendi blocking off the pavement, I felt compelled to add that it is not just the tables and chairs blocking the pavement but canopies with plastic sides. These are closed off when the...

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