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Letters

  • The people’s puppeteer

    The western world has had the likes of Randolph Hearst, Lord Beaverbrook and Robert Maxwell. Much-maligned though they were by the way they swayed public opinion to suit vested interests against the common good, compared with Rupert Murdoch they...

  • A great Great Britain

    A great Great Britain

    I cannot understand how some people in Malta have taken upon themselves the right to blame the British people and their Prime Minister for voting to leave the European Union. Some of them seem to have been waiting for this moment to express their...

  • Miracles still happen

    As I have already had the opportunity to state, suffering and death are “the way of all flesh” and not even the Son of God was spared. After the miracles performed by Christ himself, hundreds of other miracles can be recorded, all done in His...

  • Let them fly

    I recently saw a film about men shooting small birds on Malta. In England, we feed them to help them survive. In Malta, you shoot them to help them die. The investigator in the film was an English journalist who got too close to a group of these...

  • Safety first

    It is the practice in Italian and European highways and town streets to have headlamps on during daytime as well, for reasons of safety, not only at dusk or twilight and at night. With Malta’s burgeoning population and vehicular traffic, would it...

  • Reasons behind Leave

    I too think Brexit was a mistake and that many people voted for very negative reasons, including xenophobia and bigotry. However, I object to the vilification and demonisation of the people who voted Leave in Edward Caruana Galizia’s article (‘And...

  • Unnecessary hardship

    Unnecessary hardship

    We, the undersigned, would like to point out that through the arbitrary decision of one person, the present Sixth Form head, a lot of people, many of them elderly, are facing a great inconvenience and experiencing unnecessary hardship. We are...

  • Triumph of secularism

    John Azzopardi is always boasting about the “triumph” of faith in Africa and in Third World countries, all of which have no knowledge whatsoever of European intellectual development from the 18th century. Europe is now secularised and...

  • Reality check

    Simon Busuttil has compared Joseph Muscat to Nigel Farage because the Prime Minister said he is a Euro-realist, a term used by many politicians in Europe who are not dazzled by the stars on the EU flag and, hence, are in a position to base their...

  • Expropriated in 1969

    Is it legal for the government to transfer the land on which the Gozo General Hospital is built to third parties since this land is not totally its property? The land in question was expropriated through a declaration issued by the then governor...

  • My experience as a volunteer at SPCA Gozo

    I love animals. Growing up, our family owned a number of dogs, as well as a cat, and other smaller animals. When I turned 11, I decided to try volunteering at the Gozo branch of the SPCA during my summer holidays. This is also the reason why, five...

  • Transport Malta electronic signposts and health

    I am pleased to see the electronic messages about safety in addition to fines for this and fines for that. A mature society cherishes education and learning rather than heavy handedness. Fines alone do not lead to safer and better driving. I also...

  • Perseverance and tenacity

    At last, the Ħondoq development has been turned down – unanimously – the government committee voted to refuse it. The residents of Qala owe vice mayor Paul Buttigieg a huge vote of thanks for his persistence and obstinate tenacity in opposing this...

  • A thing of the past?   

    I am not at all surprised that people think the age of chivalry is over and the fear of being called a sexist is one of the main reasons for this. Men are too afraid to carry out acts of politeness and respect for women in public. There was a time...

  • Still no date for appointment

    On May 29 I went to Mater Dei Hospital with a note from my doctor for an appointment at the ENT Department. I was told I would receive the appointment date by post but five weeks later I still haven’t heard from them. We are constantly told the...

  • University fees

    It has long been recognised that foreign students are highly desirable and, indeed, an essential part of a university, providing cultural diversity to leaven an otherwise insular student body. They are also a useful source of income. According to...

  • The morning-after pill

    I am following the argument in favour of the morning-after pill, which has been going on for decades. It all reminds me of the time of its promotion in Italy – as director of the CISF (International Centre for Family Studies), I had to enter into...

  • Malta is crying out for trees

    Malta is crying out for trees

    I was greatly encouraged to read that some serious action at last seems to be on the cards by our new Environment Minister José Herrera regarding afforestation. However, the news that a mini-Buskett has been earmarked, which will be large enough...

  • Ramla Bay swimmers’ zone

    Year after year, I see the swimmers’ zone at Ramla Bay shrinking. In some portions of the bay, the buoys are less than 50 meters away from the coast. The water is so shallow within this area that it barely reaches one metre in depth. To add insult...

  • Duty calls

    Allow me to refer to what the police have been reported as saying that there is no reasonable suspicion of any crime having been committed in the wake of the Panama Papers information leaks. To add insult to injury, the police also said that...

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