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  • The trails left by airplanes

    The government is elected for no other reason than to serve the people. Would the Prime Minister please tell us what benefit the chemicals being regularly discharged from large jet aircraft flying over Malta are to the people? When I ask...

  • Public bathing spot hangs in the balance

    Public bathing spot hangs in the balance

    Can the relevant authorities, that is, the Land Department and the Malta Tourism Authority, inform us why the old Balluta boathouse and slipway, which have been a favourite public bathing spot for many decades, are seemingly being given, or sold,...

  • No drivers kept idle

    Malta Public Transport categorically denies that drivers or buses are being kept idle (‘State drivers kept idle as UBS earns €30,000 a day’, The Sunday Times of Malta, October 5). The company has a strict policy that company resources, including...

  • Hazard just outside city

    Those like me who use public transport to go to Valletta and back, are risking a serious injury if they are not very careful how to walk on the small stretch of pavement coming out of City Gate on the left. To pinpoint the exact place, it is where...

  • Frustrating evening

    With regard to the letter by Joseph Muscat (September 19) regarding the performance of War and Peace at St James Cavalier, I too found it very frustrating. In fact, after 20 minutes of discordance and slow handclapping by the audience I went to...

  • Congestion charge needed for traffic

    Congestion charge needed for traffic

    The heavy traffic on our roads has become a major problem in terms of noise and air pollution, time wasted in driving from one place to another and accidents. The planned large developments in many urban areas will add to the problems. Some areas...

  • Belittling the PN

    I really enjoy reading Eddy Privitera’s letters. They make my day. His latest about Simon Busuttil’s “divisive” speech was really the peak in fun. Busuttil’s suggestion of having Independence Day as the national holiday can be debated – I...

  • The robots at Melita

    Thirty minutes, 31 seconds have passed, and there is nobody at Melita who can answer the phone. They start apologising from the morning, all the way to the evening. It is an absolute disgrace, that there always seems to be a backlog of...

  • Cost of paper

    As from September 1, Melita plc have started charging 31 cents for what they call a “monthly paper bill charge’. I suppose it is a sign of progress when to receive a paper bill at home is considered a privilege for which you have to pay an...

  • Passport photos

    My 10-year old granddaughter needed to have a new passport. My daughter produced a new passport photograph of the child who was wearing a one centimetre-wide hair band and which by no means was covering any part of the child’s face. The passport...

  • Roads, bridges and tunnels are needed

    The recently-opened underpass at Marsa looks well-finished and landscaped (if only all major Maltese roads looked like that), the go-ahead for the Kappara fly-over is indeed good news and the proposal made by Angelo Xuereb (September 29) for a...

  • Man behind the stadium

    Man behind the stadium

    I refer to Carmel Baldacchino’s interesting article that was entitled ‘The glory of the old Empire Sports Ground’ (September 18). I feel it is only just and fair to point out that all the glory and merit for the enterprising and foresighted...

  • Search for colleague

    I wish to trace a certain A. Cassar who worked for me in night clubs in Manchester and Chesterfield, UK, in the late 1960s and early 1970s. I visited his home in Fgura many years ago and, in May this year, while on holiday I went there to...

  • Kindness to tourists

    We have just returned to England after spending a two-week holiday at The Intercontinental Hotel, in St George’s Bay. While we were there a member of staff members told us about the 50th Independence Day celebrations that were taking place in...

  • Three cheers for phonics

    I’m old enough that I had phonics education all through elementary school in Ontario, Canada. I remember loving it. English spelling can seem strange and arbitrary and phonics made sense of it. I grew up to be an avid reader and, decades later,...

  • A future ‘individual’ educational system

    There are many education systems that have been tried, such as grammar schools, comprehensive schools, streaming, trade schools and banding. They all have their drawbacks. What we need is a brand new system, an individual system. Under the present...

  • Time to join Nato

    Foreign Minister George Vella recently stated that Malta’s constitutional neutrality does not render us immune to the new threats that have emerged, so isn’t it time we considered joining Nato? Will our neutrality have any meaning with Isis? ...

  • Discrimination in favour of Labour – at law?

    Justice Minister Owen Bonnici claimed on Net TV that if one enters into a promise of sale for a property for a certain value 10 years ago and the contract is then concluded 10 years later, it is “obvious” that you pay the amount on the...

  • Big game hunters

    These bully boy hunters should be punished if they cannot keep within the laws of hunting. I’m Maltese and live in Scotland and the laws here are very clear regarding protected birds. Last year, a man was fined over £500 for shooting a ...

  • A fresh look at an old debate

    In the past years it seems marijuana has stolen the headlines using its shock factor as a taboo substance to engulf people’s attention. With the proposed decriminalisation for first-time offenders teenagers all over the island are now able to...