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Letters

  • Don’t let them win the war (1)

    Don’t let them win the war (1)

    We are under attack. The sophisticated military-style attack which shocked France on January 7 was rightly perceived to be a declaration of war against our values and identity. In the immediate aftermath, the prevailing sentiments were those of...

  • Don’t let them win the war (2)

    In defending his choice to publish the caricatures of the prophet Mohammed, Stéphane Charbonnier,better known as Charb, wrote, in reference to the massive street demonstrations against the drawings: “It is not my drawings which provoke deaths...

  • Don’t let them win the war (3)

    January 7, 2015, is my personal, intellectual 9/11. The massacre has left my soul deeply wounded. I discovered the satirical drawings of Charlie Hebdo during my studies in Strasbourg and became really fond of them. Their drawings always made ...

  • Will service become low-cost? (1)

    Will service become low-cost? (1)

    A most charming Air Malta crew on New Year’s Day flight KM 307 from Munich to Malta deserves a special thank you and good wishes for their excellent service with a smile provided in spite of difficulties and seemingly last-minute changes to the...

  • Will service become low-cost? (2)

    What a shame and a pity. I have been flying Air Malta for nearly 25 years and love it. It is one of the best airlines in Europe but it is now about to become one of those horrible low-cost carriers in terms of inflight service. Hopefully, it...

  • Improved accessibility

    The role of local councils in their capacity as the tier of governance closest to the people is crucial if we want to succeed in our mission of providing a better quality of life, particularly to the most vulnerable. It was with this context in...

  • Investor protection

    I am not totally convinced all Maltese investors are always fully aware of the big difference between a secured and an unsecured bond. When a bond is backed by specific assets, it is termed a secured bond. A secured bond tells prospective...

  • Is it possible for Royal Navy to come back?

    My parents were married at St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta before the war and my father was stationed here, at the Royal Naval Hospital after the war. Therefore, I remember vividly as a little boy the impressive sight of the Mediterranean...

  • God’s ‘eviction’

    Jacqueline Calleja complained about the “eviction” of God from western secular society (‘God’s TV go-between’, January 2). His eviction can be traced back to the 17th and 18th centuries, when the Age of Faith was superseded by the Age of Reason.

  • Identity of Catholic schools

    In Malta and Gozo we have a number of Church schools where parents prefer to send their children. Of course, parents do not refer to them as ‘Catholic schools’ but usually call them by their specific name. Notwithstanding this, they know that they...

  • Russian confrontation

    Having plunged into fresh political turmoil when a parliamentary deadlock forced the government in Greece to call a snap general election for January 25, opening the door to a possible victory by the left-wing populist party Syriza, Angela ...

  • Citizens as role models

    I refer to the article entitled ‘Hibs, you’re out of line’ published on timesofmalta.com (January 3). Ramona Depares stated that “Professional footballers are hardly on a par with clerks, salespeople, engineers and other, more mundane, ...

  • Glad to pay a property tax

    Glad to pay a property tax

    As foreigners who do not have an income in Malta to be taxed but who own an apartment and benefit from local services such as garbage collection, use of the library, lights in the streets, etc. as well as national services like road maintenance...

  • ‘Generosity’ is exaggerated

    I would also like to applaud Michael Grech for his wise assessment of the Maltese people’s hypocrisy in his article titled ‘Myth of intrinsic generosity’ (December 31). In a nutshell, wealthy donors would not suffer their low wage earning...

  • Corruption

    Alfred Sant, and then Joseph Muscat, promised that, once elected, they would clean up ‘corruption’ in Malta. I am not sure whether the understanding of that expression is the same in Malta as elsewhere. However, might one ask how the clean-up is...

  • We need to be well prepared

    Malta is gradually becoming a cosmopolitan State. It has welcomed integration of colonial nationalities since time immemorial. Recently the influx stemmed from the Mediterranean littoral and beyond. Malta has accepted eclectic...

  • Arrogance at the zoo

    Arrogance at the zoo

    A recent article published on timesofmalta.com points out that infringements such as those happening at the Montekristo Zoo are not being addressed in the proper manner and are indeed benefiting from free publicity in the media. The recent...

  • Changing names

    In the article ‘Allow men to take their wife’s surname’ (January 2) it is stated that the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality is proposing that on his marriage a man should be given the option (among others) of taking his...

  • Sort out your own problems

    Tripoli-faction Libyans, protesting against the Malta government’s recognition of their Tobruk-based parliament (December 30), would be well advised to please leave us in peace. Like many other Arab nations, they tend to blame their shortcomings...

  • Reflections on the presidency

    The President is the guardian of the Constitution, which states that the Catholic faith is the religion of Malta. The Church is, by right, the guardian of the Catholic faith. It would appear, therefore, that anyone who urges and/or condones ...