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Letters

  • Unusable passage ways

    Unusable passage ways

    In support of the letters by Emily Barbaro Sant (February 3) and Tony Cutajar (January 28), this is another example of an unusable pavement in Triq il-Keffa, Swieqi. An elderly couple thought it wise not to walk on the unusable pavement.

  • No links to Panama

    Reference is made to the front-page story ‘Seabank Group subsidiary is facing tax evasion probe’ (March 9), which seems intent to cause reputational damage to the db Group on the basis of fictional conjecture. The db Group categorically denies...

  • Some remarks

    Allow me to congratulate Alessia Psaila Zammit on her article titled ‘The people are angry’ (February 24). Well done and very well said. I wish her every success in her forthcoming candidature on the sixth district. Congratulations to the...

  • Chemical pesticides

    Chemical pesticides

    Lately, some correspondents wrote about the use of glyphosate pesticide. Unfortunately, people who are unqualified and not trained in pesticide use tend to absorb whatever alarmist literature is written and repeat it verbatim without verifying as...

  • Items that went astray

    I refer to the editorial/leader regarding the ‘Valette sword and dagger’ ownership question (March 4). I am fascinated by your paper’s apparent misrepresentations. The Order of St John’s tenancy ended in June 1798 by means of a formal act of...

  • Humane and Christian

    I cannot understand why the Prime Minister praises the Pope and then, at the same time, comes out so strongly against refugees who need protection and brags about the deal done with Libya. The United Nations has just said how refugees and,...

  • Costly medicine

    Can someone explain why Xalatan, a tiny 2.5ml bottle of eye drops for the treatment of glaucoma, still costs €26 in Malta when the same item in Spain costs just €10.04? The 10-year brand protection period has long passed. Moreover, the generic...

  • Trust issues

    PWC, one of the Big Four, mixed up the results of the Best Picture during the Oscars 2017. NexiaBT mixed up Konrad Mizzi’s instructions for his Panamagate company with Keith Schembri’s. What is this world coming to? No wonder some people have...

  • Telling e-mail

    Since, according to a news report, Nexia BT’s Brian Tonna claimed he is “sole owner” of Egrant one can remind him of an e-mail, dated March 25, 2013, sent by his partner, Karl Cini, to Luis Quiel of Mossack Fonseca (Panama) in which the following...

  • Stop the car bombs

    Stop the car bombs

    In this country there are criminals who have grudges and know well how to plant bombs in cars. We know they are not terrorists but car bombings, like the one in which a Floriana man lost both legs (picture above), are no cause for contentment. I...

  • Fast ferry service

    I am pleased to note that Gozo Minister Anton Refalo has, on various occasions, been reported as stating that he is all out to see the introduction of a fast ferry service between the two islands pending a final decision on the proposed permanent...

  • Unfair mockery

    As a medical man, I presume that Albert Cilia Vincenti (February 28) upholds the Hippocratic oath and abhors abortion. I am therefore baffled by his attempt to mock the arguments of Ivan Padovani in defending the right to life. Cilia Vincenti...

  • Cable disservice

    We have been watching a daily programme at 2.15 pm on Melita More for the past six weeks and, as yet, we have never been able to see any of the six finals. The Amazing Race usually starts with 11 couples and each day a couple is eliminated until...

  • Voice from the past

    Voice from the past

    An obituary and photograph featuring Romeo Micallef and his wife Mary appeared in this newspaper last October 9. Now, months later, I came across correspondence I had with the erudite gentleman. In my letter, in Maltese, I had asked him to...

  • Labour’s bait

    Issues like house rents and fuel prices at the pumps have often been raised. What one must keep in mind is that all such matters will be taken into consideration by Labour strategists closer to the election. Do not worry, fuel prices will be cut,...

  • Trust leaders enjoy

    While addressing a crowd of Nationalist Party supporters at Sliema, Simon Busuttil referred to a professional public opinion survey published on that same day in an English language newspaper. Simon Busuttil must have just read the main headline...

  • Weak Prime Minister

    The Pana Committee’s visit to Malta has shown how much Joseph Muscat has lost control of his government. The best face-saving strategy for Muscat would have been for both Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri, the two identified in the Panama Papers...

  • Fading fixtures, fittings

    Fading fixtures, fittings

    Scant attention is given to the fixtures and fittings at the fortifications found across Malta. Victorian forts have been raided for their metalwork when left unattended at the end of the British tenure of Malta. Even the bronze rollers supporting...

  • From democracy to dictatorship

    In The Lessons of History (1968), Will Durant outlined the histories of ancient Greece and Rome according to Plato’s reduction of political evolution from monarchy to democracy to dictatorship. I would not be very surprised if democracy in the...

  • The Finns could teach us a lesson

    Kristina Chetcuti’s column entitled ‘No more homework’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, February 12) about the successful Finnish school system made me think about some irrational decisions taken by some schools in Malta. For example, recently I have...