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Letters

  • Three empty main boxes at the theatre

    It was a treat to be at the Manoel Theatre on the afternoon of January 11 and be part of a hugely appreciative audience that packed the theatre to the gods. The Concerto de Cavalieri delighted all us thanks to the superb performance. The only fly...

  • The price of living faith

    The early Christians paid a huge price for refusing to accept laws that they deemed went contrary to their beliefs, primarily that of the divinisation of the emperor. Today, Christian parents and teachers are being asked to teach their children...

  • New reality after Charlie Hebdo

    It would seem that Muslim fanatics in Europe have got the upper hand. The Paris shooting spree, where innocent people were murdered by these so-called Islamic terrorists, and the red alert activated in Britain for possible further outrages by...

  • Presenters from the past

    I remember children’s programmes on Rediffusion that used to be presented by Salvu Tellus (Iz-Ziju Salvu) and Joe Mallia (In-Nannu Peppu). As regards Tellus, I know for sure that he is no longer around but I am not sure about Mallia. Can...

  • Who will come to our defence?

    Who will come to our defence?

    We are a very small, indefensible, peaceful country surrounded by Arab nations whose citizens have for many years been fighting between themselves for reasons of their own and which do not concern us in the least. History teaches us that neutral...

  • Hats off to Voltaire

    The terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo was an attack on the freedom of expression that we in the West cherish very highly. We owe this freedom to the thinkers of the Age of Enlightenment, especially to Voltaire, who waged a lifelong campaign...

  • A proper Charlie

    I am not Charlie. Not that I do not want to be but because when I try to be Charlie I am made to feel a proper Charlie. It is the censor that one can see amidst the frightened media, who are too scared to offend either by lampooning or by...

  • It is that fund again!

    Not a cauldron of alienation as yet but the possibility does indeed exist. Readers of this letter have probably already guessed which fund I am referring to. It is, of course, Bank of Valletta’s Multi Manager Property Fund I am speaking about. Or,...

  • The right to life versus freedom of speech

    The right to life versus freedom of speech

    In the rush to condemn the attacks in France and defend journalists’ rights, I believe it is worth pausing to reflect that, in a situation of war, restrictions have to be imposed on people’s freedom of movement and freedom of speech (“careless...

  • Wrong date

    I have paid another visit to the ‘100 Objects’ exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology, in Valletta. It is a chronicle of our history, beautifully set up and very informative. On my first visit in May, I noticed an error about St Ġorġ Preca.

  • Remuneration and pensions

    The recent debates on whether or not our parliamentarians should be full-time and about the suggested substantial increases in their remuneration omit any reference to their pension system. Service (occupational/second pillar) pensions were...

  • Hearse on the ferry

    A lot of fuss has been made because a hearse was noticed aboard a Gozo Channel ferry. I for one, who have been crossing the channel regularly for the last 50 years, would consider it an honour to accompany a fellow human being on his or her ...

  • Deterrents needed

    The Malta Police Force has had a chequered history of ups and downs. Ever since its institution in July 1814, many members have merited good conduct certificates. Some received medals for gallantry and acts of bravery. Good organisation...

  • Quick action

    In Birkirkara’s government housing estate about six years ago, this macho truck driver affixed a two-storey-high trestle-like primitive scaffolding to the side of an apartment block and draped it over with canvas material. It served as a...

  • A daily dirty sight

    A daily dirty sight

    This is a daily sight at most of the places where there are these bins. This particular scene is at Żonqor, Marsascala. Is it not about time that local councils instal cameras next to these places and fine theoffenders heavily when caught placing...

  • SOS. Anyone out there?

    Hats off to Henry Frendo for his article ‘Save Maltese... and English’ (January 8). We are steadily ruining our knowledge of English and slowly but surely destroying our Maltese language. The primary cause is the wretched fact that the practice of...

  • Air Malta risks losing customers

    Air Malta risks losing customers

    As someone who has made many trips to this island and has a great love for it and its people, it is a shame that the ongoing dispute regarding meals for Air Malta cabin crew could lead to passengers considering a move to one of the rival...

  • Bus route of shame

    The way the bus service from St Julian’s to Valletta operates is a disgrace and whoever is responsible ought to be ashamed. Buses arrive at Sliema from St Julian’s already full and people waiting on the bus stop get crammed inside the bus like...

  • Coverage of Parliament

    I refer to the article on ‘Full-time MPs...’ by Keith Micallef (January 7). In the editing, my comment on MPs and the media got garbled. Here textually is my comment: “Current MPs suffer from the fact that the media just ignore their bread and...

  • President’s activities

    It is hard to understand why the President of the Republic should have been involved in announcing the release of two Maltese-language cartoons at Verdala Palace. It was not an occasion of national importance and surely a functionary of the...