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Letters

  • Joys of cycling to work

    Joys of cycling to work

    Every morning I look forward to my commute from Attard to the Valletta Waterfront. The most enjoyable part is from Attard to Qormi. I use the country lanes. And no, not in style in a luxurious 4x4 but on my bike as I would do in the Netherlands.

  • Sentenced to death

    Asia Bibi is from the Punjab in Pakistan. A Christian wife and mother of five children, she had to work hard to keep the family fed. On a sweltering hot day she was picking fruit. When she got very thirsty, she went to a well to have a drink...

  • Importance of good manners

    The editorial that appeared on October 28 opened a discussion on manners. It was a timely warning. It was both instructional and educational. What was more, it aimed at stimulating a debate; hence my contribution. I recall my courting days. My...

  • Tricked by a warden

    Since the introduction of wardens, there have been complaints about the way they conduct their business. I sometimes agree and at other times I almost pity them because their job of enforcement is not easy indeed. However, I recently...

  • Is traffic a fact or perception?

    Is traffic a fact or perception?

    During an interview, architect Audrey Testaferrata de Noto, head of research and development at Transport Malta, said that traffic in Malta was not a problem but only a perception. This provoked much criticism, especially from those who spend...

  • Melita’s call waiting times

    Melita acknowledges that customers are facing longer-than-usual call waiting times when contacting its call centre. As we have already explained in a company statement issued last month and in letters to this newspaper, a recent system upgrade...

  • Poppy day

    After collecting my daily newspaper, I noticed poppies for sale. I purchased a couple. The saleslady told me that when she was a child she used to sell the Royal British Legion poppies in the street, even going door-to-door. I have lived...

  • Retirement age

    Without going into the merits of Philip Carabot’s case (‘Sex health clinic is closed’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, October 26), I feel that a complete overhaul of the retirement age is urgently required . The retirement age of 61 (65 in certain...

  • Cost of living increase

    The recently announced restrained cost of living wage increment for 2015 should help to stabilise Malta’s economy. Low inflation encourages business, in particular tourism and industry, two main pillars of the economy. This stability will induce...

  • Two-pin plugs

    Two-pin plugs

    Over two years ago, a law was introduced banning electrical appliances supplied with two-pin plugs. The above photo is an angle grinder I purchased last week.

  • What is happening to our language?

    What is happening to the Maltese language? A well known broadcaster recently used the word ‘jinnahula’ – a bastardised version of the English word ‘annihilate’, when the appropriate Maltese word is ‘jeqred’. This is happening all too often. Anyone...

  • Fast lane to canonisation

    I read with great interest and joy the article entitled ‘Maltese couple being touted for canonisation’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, October 19). Without detracting anything from the just concluded Synod for the Christian Family Life, I believe the...

  • Flu vaccine not available yet

    November is here but so far the flu vaccine is as yet not available at the polyclinics. Is this another of those tiny little slips made by the Health Department? Unfortunately, the 58 cents promised me in the next Budget is not enough to buy it...

  • Maltese collective memory

    I must congratulate The Sunday Times of Malta on its report on Maltese memory regarding the French interlude of 1798-1800 (The Sunday Times of Malta, October 26), as discussed in my new book. What readers must have missed in that report, however,...

  • Napoleon’s loot from Malta

    According to Charles Xuereb’s book, France in the Collective Memory, Perceptions, Identities after Bonaparte in British Malta, Napoleon never pillaged Malta (The Sunday Times of Malta, October 26) and according to official records of that time,...

  • Fort Cambridge Officers Quarters

    Fort Cambridge Officers Quarters

    Despite a contract signed 12 years ago with the then government and countless reminders and flowery promises in the press made by GAP Holdings since, the Fort Cambridge Officers Quarters continue to rot. Countless mysterious fires and a general...

  • Outrageous slaughter of birds

    I am a proud Scot living in Glasgow, but I am also generally very proud of my Maltese ancestry through my grandfather, born and brought up in St Paul’s Bay. The courage and steadfastness of the Maltese people through history is well documented,...

  • Hunting and trapping

    I agree with Frans Said’s letter ‘Hunting bias’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, October 19) about the chairman of the Ornis Committee, Mark Anthony Falzon. Falzon should have remained neutral on the hunting issue, but now that he has revealed his...

  • Malta’s illegal boathouses

    Let’s set one thing straight right from the start. Calling the shantytown structures, boathouses is a way to give them an air of legitimacy. They are not boathouses; they are illegal shantytowns. Successive governments have turned a blind eye to...

  • No justification

    If I do not pay my electricity bill, the authorities will do everything possible to remedy the situation. If I ‘steal’ electricity by hooking onto the national grid, the authorities, apart from taking me to court, will also send men with a pair of...

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