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Letters

  • Sunny side down

    One morning last week, I enquired at a Bank of Valletta branch whether it would be possible to install a small canopy on the ATM outside the branch because it becomes virtually impossible to see what appears on the monitor due to the sun shining...

  • No distress

    Did anyone else notice, from TVM’s 8 o’clock news on Thursday that the migrants brought into Malta appeared well-dressed, cheerful, not at all in distress, well-fed even (no signs of malnourishment or being skinny)? The (many) kids were happily...

  • Sound advice about noise

    The adverse impact of noise to health and wellbeing is not hyperbole, on the contrary, according to the European Policy on environmental noise: “The external costs of noise in the EU amounts to at least 0.35 per cent of its GDP, but much higher...

  • No gridlock

    No gridlock

    Would-be traffic expert Hugh Arnett opines that Bisazza Street, in Sliema should be opened for traffic again because of the heavy traffic passing along Tower Road and Qui-si-Sana which, he states, is creating gridlock in peak hours. I happen to...

  • Discrimination against ‘aliens’

    Readers of this newspaper write frequently to “condemn” the abuse of, or lack of, basic human rights and alleged discrimination against minorities overseas – invariably matters about which they can do absolutely nothing, nor have any effect. Who...

  • Pay up now!

    I live in an apartment and share the electricity bill of the common parts, which include a lift, with a young family. Since the lift works on three phase, the service is more expensive than the domestic one. I hasten to add that for me, the lift...

  • ‘Emotional’ voters who saved Malta

    Michael Falzon, in his replyto my letter ‘Voting withone’s head’ (August 25), wrote that I missed the point of the “logic vs emotion” argument he made recently. Had it been so I would have accepted his criticism with gratitude but it was not the...

  • Seen but not heard

    Did the police not manage to arraign any of the people celebrating the Stella Maris feast because of blasphemy? Or do they have a good eyesight but are hard of hearing?

  • The right PN reply

    I refer to the letter by Matthew Bonett, acting Director of Information for the Nationalist Party (August 21). I expected him to write something like this: “I can assure Giov. DeMartino that the SMS sent to Franco Debono was sent by mistake. The...

  • Protection of telecoms

    Protection of telecoms

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat took immediate action to compensate consumers in the wake of the Enemalta disaster. He and his government are to be congratulated on this. In addition, I understand a properly regulated Customer Charter is now being...

  • Place where birds sing

    There is a place where those who love to listen to birds singing will be fully satisfied. Itis Delimara. Drive from Marsaxlokk to the lighthouse and park there, then walk toward the very tip of the peninsula, where there are the salt pans facing...

  • Language of television

    Reuben Zammit, PBS programmes manager, was not entirely convincing in his lengthy defence of the use of the Maltese language on the PBS output. Words like avveniment, serata, and tikkreja are frequently broadcast and consigning to oblivion...

  • Ruining festivities

    At the feast celebrated in Żebbuġ, Gozo, Bishop Mario Grech delivered a very good homily in which he said we are destined to be happy but, sometimes, the festivity of life, the family and so on is ruined either by our actions or those of others.

  • Tax visitors to Comino

    Tax visitors to Comino

    Some small Italian islands (and at least one in England that I can think of) charge tourists for landing and charge boats for mooring in their bays. This newspaper reported that 4,000 people visit Comino on an average day in summer. They pollute...

  • A ritual not a procession

    Last Saturday’s incident at the Ferries in Sliema has rightly hit a chord with Times of Malta readers. It seems that the unfortunate victim was arraigned because she disturbed a religious procession. I was at the Ferries when two band clubs had...

  • Education eradicates poverty

    I would like to express my gratitude to the Mission Fund which, through the people of Malta and Gozo, provides me with financial help for my mission work. Education has the power to eradicate poverty, hunger and disease in Africa. Inspired by this...

  • Proposals for Floriana

    In my article ‘We need a new Vilhena’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, May 25), I emphasised the need to project a new vision for Floriana and included a proposal to convert the area known as Beltissebħ into a residential complex. The feedback received...

  • Schoolchildren with diabetes

    I refer to the article ‘Teachers urged to give life-saving medication’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 17). The Maltese Diabetes Association has been trying for years to address the situation in schools regarding children with diabetes. The...

  • Thanks from the Philippines

    I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for the financial help I’ve been receiving from the Mission Fund. This kind of support encourages us to meet the challenges we face every single day. It gives us a better chance to improve the quality of...

  • Church leadership

    Church leadership

    The Maltese Church has recently been criticised for a lack of leadership, but it’s not clear to me (and perhaps to some others) what exactly its critics mean by “good leadership”. Do they mean the return of some form of fundamentalist...

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