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Letters

  • No peace with swords

    At Christmas time, we hear a lot of talk about peace on earth, and about “baby” Jesus, the “Prince of Peace”. Christians ascribe to him verses in the Hebrew scriptures which supposedly “prophesy” his birth: “For a child will be born to us. His...

  • Lack of information

    Lack of information

    I have just visited the crib in St Peter’s Square to see the Maltese crib. Unfortunately, there was no information near the crib identifying the crib as being constructed by a Gozitan, nor that the ‘priest’ is our beloved St Ġorġ Preca.  Perhaps...

  • Audited statements

    Reference is made to the report entitled ‘Local councils get an “F” in accounting from NAO’ (December 5). In the report, the North Region was mentioned that it had failed to submit its audited statements. The North Region submitted its audited...

  • Free to comment

    I was truly amazed when reading Ranier Fsadni’s article ‘A stab in a Maltese jail’ (December 15). From a very studied and researched ruling lasting over 45 minutes, Fsadni just picked  up a couple of sentences, then built all his arguments around...

  • Protecting our identity

    So we have a Maltese crib at Rome’s St Peter’s Square and, for good measure, a Neapolitan counterpart at Mdina Cathedral! Without entering into the artistic merits of the figurines and scenery featured in the foreign display, this crib could have...

  • Vacancy: good planners

    Vacancy: good planners

    The pictures show the situation on a rainy day at the entrance to Valletta through the newly-constructed bridge. One can see pedestrians trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to wade through the mini river that accumulates there even after a moderate...

  • How to make millions

    In his letter ‘Workers’ scheme’ (December 12), Eddy Privitera, said: “And the scheme the same Simon Busuttil had wanted to continue denied hundreds of workers forming part of it the basic rights of sick leave, annual leave, bonus and had no...

  • Not impossible

    I hesitate to call Malta’s current economic performance a tour de force but only in case it is even bettered in the near future –  surely, not an impossibility.

  • Immorality of bad taste

    The new multi-coloured (one will not be far wrong to describe it as bordering on the psychedelic) lighting system for the President’s Palace, one of Valletta’s most iconic architectural and artistic legacies (December 17), is the last example of...

  • Jobs carried out by FTS

    Reference is made to the article ‘FTS staff double, costs triple since 2013’ (December 20). The article is grossly misleading and unfair because it gives the wrong impression that there is no justification for the increase in staff. Below is a...

  • Message of fraternity and solidarity

    Message of fraternity and solidarity

    On December 9, Pope Francis received in audience the delegation from Malta and Trentino for the gift of the crib and the Christmas tree that are now set up in St Peter’s Square. After thanking the bishops and the government of Malta who donated...

  • Uglification of Malta

    In his An essay on Malta published in 1971, Nigel Dennis who lived in Malta, describes the origins and the unique characteristics of the island with much affection. He warns, however, that what invaders, various rulers and Imperialists “failed to...

  • Engineering issues

    With reference to the report on  engineering graduates (December 15), the Engineering Profession Board would like to point out that the issue of the evaluation of the local engineering courses is being addressed. An exercise regarding this matter...

  • Prayers for peace (1)

    Prayers for peace (1)

    As Franciscan Friars, we have been concerned about the situation our brothers are experiencing together with the Christians and entire population of Syria.  Not long ago, we called on the international community to intensify its efforts to stop...

  • Prayers for peace (2)

    The biggest Christmas present for the world this year would be the end of the civil war in Syria, which already killed around 500,000 people and created millions of refugees, the end of IS (Daesh) and a world free from terrorism. If at least we...

  • Situation in Libya

    Why is it that every single time I read an article written in this newspaper by Richard Galustian about developments in Libya I walk away with the feeling that here is someone writing about our dear neighbour who is simply obsessed with the notion...

  • Monuments to view

    Whenever I am in Valletta and visit Castille Square at night I cannot help admiring Auberge de Castille, all lit up. Majestic! The fact that there are no more trees makes the façade even more prominent. Well, I am afraid I cannot say the same for...

  • Shameful

    Mario Dingli is very selective (December 14) about what he calls shameful as far as government contracts are concerned. He refers to Labour’s hospitals, Electrogas and other contracts. Did he also consider it shameful of the PN in government to...

  • Fond memories of the Mifsud Bonnicis

    Fond memories of the Mifsud Bonnicis

    I was thrilled to see such a brilliant photo of two of my very best friends on the backpage of December 14 and I must congratulate the photographer, Mark Zammit Cordina. The Mifsud Bonnicis were refugees in Gozo when Italy entered the war in June...

  • Roosevelt’s citation

    I refer to the 75th anniversary article on Japan’s attack on the US fleet at Pearl Harbour (December 7). On December 8, 1943 Franklin Roosevelt arrived in Malta. He was the first US President ever to visit the island. Among those accompanying him...

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