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Letters

  • A society for rodent lovers

    A society for rodent lovers

    Keeping rodents as a pet locally is not the latest fashion. In my childhood days, I remember that almost every kid had a hamster or two. Those that continued with the same passion nowadays have more options in terms of species but, until recently,...

  • When gender and sex are not aligned

    Ivan Fenech’s opinion piece (November 4) carried the headline ‘Sex is not an option’. The Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act does not claim otherwise. It does, however, differentiate between gender and sex. The former...

  • Memoirs of Archbishop Mercieca

    I refer to Emily Barbaro-Sant’s letter (The Sunday Times of Malta, November 2) concerning the exhumation of the remains of Blessed Maria Adeodata Pisani as recounted in the memoirs of Archbishop Emeritus Ġużeppi Mercieca. Before writing about the...

  • A leader for the future

    In only 18 months, the Nationalist Party’s regeneration exercise – including the setting up of 10 policy forums with the participation of highly competent people – culminated in the Idea Malta Convention which can be described as a turning...

  • Bonaparte’s orders and St John’s

    I thank Brian Tarpey for his letter (‘Napoleon’s loot from Malta’, The Sunday Times of Malta, November 2) following this newspaper’s article of the previous Sunday on the alleged looting of St John’s Co-Cathedral in 1798. From my research it...

  • Truth is always at the service of mercy

    In his interview ‘Church cannot ignore the reality of modern families’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, November 2), Gozo Bishop Mario Grech said that he believes the synod planted the seeds of hope for divorced and remarried Catholics who ‘genuinely’...

  • The concept of graduality in the synod

    Gozo Bishop Mario Grech’s reflections on the synod, as reported in The Sunday Times of Malta (November 2), inspired me to air my views as I ponder on the mission of the Church today. A theme that has been alluded to in the synod of bishops last...

  • Tax vacant buildings

    Tax vacant buildings

    These dilapidated houses are on Xemxija Hill, the main thoroughfare between Valletta and Gozo. If the government had a real interest in embellish­ing the island, providing housing for the young and earning some much needed income, it would impose...

  • Consumers’ watchdog

    Do we really have a consumers’ watchdog? I ask this as repeated requests for a proper and updated telephone directory have been ignored. Such a directory exists in all civilised countries, but in Malta, the service providers are extra reluctant to...

  • Cattle wagons

    Anyone who has used public transport to go to Sliema to Valletta will understand my choice of heading for this letter. Buses coming from St Julian’s arrive full of passengers, and people waiting at bus stops are then packed into them like a tin of...

  • Lowering of electricity rates

    The vast majority of Maltese welcome the lowering of the electricity rates. Let us hope these reductions will not cause other costs to increase. However, the vast majority of Maltese also hope that their Prime Minister refrains from lying. It...

  • Police charges

    I refer to the article entitled ‘Enemalta worker faces lesser charge over theft’, which was published and uploaded on timesofmalta.com on November 6. In addition to our previous reply, you may wish to note that Louis Attard was charged with...

  • No Telecare with Melita

    This is an open letter to the managing director of Melita Cable of which we have been subscribers since it first set up shop on this island. We were left with no option but to transfer our telephone landline connection from Melita to Go...

  • Bus station needed

    I have written many times about the need of bus shelters at the Valletta bus terminus. Towards the end of the Nationalist administration, the matter was mentioned in one of the debates when an Opposition member (then Labour) asked the ...

  • Wind of change at the synod

    Wind of change at the synod

    My efforts to contact the Bishop of Gozo while he was being interviewed on RTK Radio about the Bishops’ Extraordinary Synod on the Family were disappointingly futile. My queries basically were just two: the relevance of Vatican II and its...

  • Honesty the best policy

    Inconsistency with politicos is usual and, to an extent, also acceptable, but only if after a lapse of time. Though, not during the same interview, surely. The leader of the Opposition was reported as saying: (a) “Politics should be built on...

  • Eco-reduction not included

    I refer to the letter by John Agius titled ‘Cheated of eco-reduction’ (November 4). He is perfectly right but legally at fault. This is the conclusion of the Ombudsman when he gave his final opinion in case no. K 0063 in which I asked him to...

  • Disgusting public toilet

    We are two tourists from Scotland on our third stay of the year. With each passing visit, we are struck by the deplorable state of toilet facilities on the Islets Promenade in Buġibba. Caked, dirty toilet, no soap, no hot water and no toilet...

  • Unsafe work practices

    With reference to the item in On The Dot, ‘Safety Standards... or lack of’ (November 3) it would have been much more appropriate if the person taking the photograph had immediately informed the Occupational Health and Safety...

  • Problem is not resolved

    In his rather lengthy apologetic letter (November 3) regarding the longer-than-usual call waiting times that Melita customers are facing when contacting its call centre, Melita’s director of PR and customer experience referred to my...