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Letters

  • Traditional Catholic values

    I would like to make an impassioned appeal to stop further onslaughts on traditional Catholic values that have always upheld the Maltese family. A Pope, whose wisdom is a gift of God, recommended the faithful to strive for an even better knowledge...

  • Random litter is ruining Malta

    Nearing the end of a two-week holiday in Malta, we experienced even more delights on the island than our previous visit 16 years ago. If there has been one blight on our visit, it has been the phenomenal level of casual littering, from the streets...

  • The traffic chaos through Mellieħa

    It was a pleasant summer morning while heading to Mellieħa Bay – until I arrived at the top part of Ġorg Borg Olivier Street. In the summer heat, a bus and a large commercial vehicle were blocking traffic in both directions. Following a number of...

  • Insulting believers

    In order to give free rein to freedom of expression, the government is proposing to do away with Article 163 of the Criminal Code. Austin Bencini (‘Vilification of Catholic Religion’, the Times of Malta, July 13) says that article 163 is outdated...

  • Piano’s project is fantastic

    I recently visited Valletta for the first time since Renzo Piano’s City Gate project was completed. It is superb and fantastic. Piano has done a fine homage to the Knights’ legacy, making everyone who lives in Malta proud. He has also secured...

  • Commemorating September 2, 1798

    Commemorating September 2, 1798

    Charles Xuereb (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 9) tells us that he bases his arguments on documentation regarding the failed French period in Malta (1798-1800). Perhaps since he is so well informed, he might answer some of the following...

  • Abortion law

    I am sure few would have been surprised by the formation of a pro-abortion group in Malta. Its spokesman promulgates the customary reasons for legislating in favour of allowing abortion in limited circumstances, but then throws in enough emotive...

  • Englishloan words

    Let’s stop confusing readers with the way we spell English-borrowed words in Maltese. Besides looking strangely spelt, they show a lack of seriousness by our academics who were supposed to have solved this problem years ago. There used to be a...

  • Gozo holiday shattered by building noise

    Surely there must be some regulations about building noise during holiday time? I am sitting on the third floor of a block along Qbajjar promenade – a holiday area – and having to listen to builders banging and hammering all day! Surely there are...

  • Lucky paragliders

    I bet those two paragliders (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 9) consider that angels were flying with them. To be airborne in Malta is to risk getting shot from the sky. It must have been terrifying to be swept up into the sky, disconnected from...

  • From an ‘old boy’

    As an ex-Allied Newspapers’ ‘boy’ between 1949 and 1960, and now aged 92, I would like to pass on my congratulations on the Times of Malta’s 80th anniversary. I started, on arrival in Malta after leaving the British Army, as a cub sports reporter...

  • No ‘vilification’

    I was greatly taken by Klaus Vella Bardon’s philippic of August 12 (‘Vilification of Benedict’) taking issue with my dim verdict on Benedict XVI’s papacy and reports of a possible Vatican schism ahead. I was reminded of Vella Bardon’s misplaced...

  • Ferry buses

    Is it so difficult to synchronise the timing of the public buses with the arrival of the Gozo ferry at Ċirkewwa? If the mainly three buses are in place when the ferry arrives at Ċirkewwa, it would help to avoid the confusion, squabbles and...

  • Sign language

    I refer to the letter ‘Cryptic sign’ by Marie Paule Wagner of August 7. The wording of the Transport Malta sign is in fact in proper English and is taken verbatim from the British Highway Code. Limited parking signs or disc zones are common in...

  • A unique heritage site

    A unique heritage site

    The preservation of St John’s Co-Cathedral, in Valletta, and its priceless art collections are the focus of the extension and refurbishment of the museum there. The cemetery in the courtyard, said to hold the remains of knights who fell in the...

  • Parents vs new ideology

    In totalitarian regimes, dissenting parents have often been faced by a daunting task. They have to desensitise their children to the ideology they are forced to receive during their hours of schooling. Today, in many democracies of the developed...

  • Mess puts tourists off

    I was recently having a conversation with an English teacher who teaches mature foreign students at a language school. The teacher was recounting a particular lecture during which she asked her students what their general opinion of Malta ...

  • Well done

    As an enthusiastic reader of the Times of Malta, I would like to congratulate this newspaper on its 80th anniversary. I remember it was more than 50 years ago that I started buying the newspaper and the only period I missed out was in 1974...

  • A tourist hub with no retail

    A tourist hub with no retail

    Spinola Bay is a tourist hub with plenty of real estate agencies and no retail shops. Essential retail services, such as stationery shops, household goods stores and shops selling domestic appliance are non-existent in this neighbourhood You have...

  • Ineffective local council

    On June 22, in the morning, I went to the offices of the local council in St Paul’s Bay, taking with me seven written points of general interest for the locality to be discussed with the executive secretary. I was informed he was not in his office...

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