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Letters

  • Let us be kind to our birds

    Let us be kind to our birds

    In the next few months the barrage and carnage in our countryside will start all over again. Our hunters will never learn that it is more satisfying to interact with birds than to kill them. Birds have the intelligence of eight-year-old children...

  • Linguists should dictate how Maltese can be written

    I refer to Henry Frendo’s article ‘Maltese language: what future?’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, July 12). The work carried out by the National Council for the Maltese Language has been of enormous benefit to this sector. Besides the vast amount of...

  • Both languages should be used correctly

    It was with great interest that I read Henry Frendo’s article about the preservation of the Maltese language (The Sunday Times of Malta, July 12). As a bilingual writer, having lived in English-speaking countries, as well in my native land, Malta,...

  • Exploitation of pensioners

    The leader of July 13, in connection with the Kitchen Garden staff contracts, said: “The President also accused the journalist who penned the report in this newspaper of trying to discredit the 40 years of work she had done to help...

  • Tax on dividends

    Edwin Gauci (‘Reduce the tax for pensioners’, June 27) rightly suggested that pensioners should benefit from double the present tax-free income ceilings and from exemption of the 15 per cent tax on their interests and investments. Doing that...

  • Wrong choice of words

    Justice Minister Owen Bonnici has announced a series of reforms to the laws covering public morality and censorship, aimed at spurring freedom of artistic expression while, at the same time, providing better protection of the ...

  • Roadworks in progress at Salina

    Roadworks in progress at Salina

    I refer to the article ‘Salina restaurants feeling “hopeless” as roadworks hinder access’. Transport Malta is very sensitive and aware of the inconvenience caused to restaurants and residents in the area. It is doing its utmost to complete the...

  • These are the Greek facts

    Everybody gets a pension. Everybody, means everybody. At the age of 57, a Greek self-employed person retires with full State pension. If a Greek works in a hazardous profession, he can retire with full pension at 50. There are about 450...

  • Socialising power of football

    The month of June will undoubtedly go down in the annals of football history when lovers of the game were shattered by severe allegations of corruption in the highest echelons of this noble game. Come July... and we witnessed sparkling displays of...

  • Order’s respect for Vittoriosa

    Order’s respect for Vittoriosa

    Lino Bugeja (‘Dignity and recognition’, July 11) expressed a certain measure of disappointment at the perceived lack of recognition due to be paid to Vittoriosa next September. I would like to assure him that the Order of Malta holds Vittoriosa,...

  • Netherlands in Maltese

    In the article entitled ‘New list of guidelines confusing translators’ (July 11), a “senior EU translator” is quoted as having objected to the use of in-Netherlands and Netherlandiż in Maltese, as published by the National Council for the Maltese...

  • E-residence cards

    My husband and I have retired to Malta and have been here for just over seven years. We had no problem getting our original ID cards. However, when we changed address a couple of years ago and went to the ID office in Valletta we were always given...

  • Payment for bus journeys (1)

    Payment for bus journeys (1)

    The other day I tried my Tallinja card for the first time. All went well but as I was sitting on the bus I started to wonder. Although I am in favour of the new payment system, I recalled that they said they were introducing the system to avoid...

  • Payment for bus journeys (2)

    As a frequent visitor to Malta, I was surprised to learn that, as a tourist, I am being actively discriminated against each time I catch a bus. On researching the previous discrimination by Arriva, I found that the European Commission decided...

  • Investment from China

    I believe that Foreign Affairs Minister George Vella was right in pointing out that it is Malta Enterprise that should be answering questions regarding the whereabouts of Sai Mizzi (July 11). However, what is so important about the office where...

  • Episcopate’s Franciscan soul

    I was overjoyed when I heard that Fr George Bugeja OFM was recently appointed by Pope Francis as coadjutor bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Tripoli. When I did my directed retreat for my perpetual profession as a Franciscan Capuchin brother...

  • Greedy attitude

    Greedy attitude

    About 50 years later than other countries, Malta has leapt forward into the 21st century. Sex shops are now permitted and vilification of religion has been decriminalised. Our government seems to be supremely adept at spin and distracting measures.

  • High price of fuel

    The weighted average price of diesel in the eurozone was €1.247 per litre on July 6, according to the consumer prices of petroleum products, inclusive of duties and taxes, that was published by the European Commission. In Malta, the price of...

  • Proper planning

    I refer to the article ‘Political will, not Mepa split would protect environment’ (July 7) where it was stated that “if the planners remain the ones with the power, nothing is going to change”. As the article rightly points out it is the political...

  • A danger to children

    A danger to children

    A few weeks ago, a local resident contacted a member of the Senglea local council in connection with potential danger to children who happen to be playing at the marina. A massive block of concrete has been permanently built on the edge of the...