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Letters

  • Architecture without frills

    Architecture without frills

    The Renzo Piano designs for Valletta are beautiful in the harmony created by line and volume. Now that this project is nearing completion, many people who were initially sceptical and dismissive of the whole idea have come to appreciate its...

  • Bells of joy

    The letter ‘Deadly bells’ was a welcome diversion from the current cascade of empty talk and speculation devoted to the internal squabbles of the Church in Malta. I have two suggestions with regard to the question of ringing. A short joyous peal...

  • Why choose the Spanish?

    As a visitor to Malta I remember the old buses, and they were good. I was surprised on my last visit to find Arriva with expensive bendy buses and expensive fares. It is hard to see how they failed. I wonder why the Maltese government thought the...

  • The missing letter ‘R’

    The first national monument in honour of our national poet Dun Karm was unveiled in Żebbug in October 1971 by the late President Anton Buttigieg. Dr Buttigieg interrupted his speech several times when he was overcome by emotion and shed some...

  • Pickpockets on bus 13

    I wish to thank the kind person who found my discarded wallet and returned it, plus my I D card, to my address in Sliema. The wallet was stolen from me on a packed bus 13 to Valletta. Apparently the route has become infamous for pickpocketing...

  • Real cost of ferry trip

    We refer to Stephen Zerafa’s letter that was entitled ‘Expensive Ferry to Sicily’ (August 27). Zerafa gives the impression that he paid €433 for two adults and a car for a return voyage between Malta and Sicily on the Virtu Ferries vessel. The...

  • Public health not free to all

    John Cassar White’s description (September 8) of our public health service as being “free at point of delivery” sounds great but is an overstatement. When patients have to buy very expensive drugs recommended for their serious disease but which...

  • Mothers concerned at planned drug laws

    Mothers concerned at planned drug laws

    As a group of mothers, we would like to voice our concern regarding the proposed decriminalisation of cannabis. Our first concern is that this law gives the erroneous impression that cannabis is not so harmful. Both Sedqa and Caritas have clearly...

  • The horse which has three legs

    I am not sure whether I am interpreting the feelings of many people but the three-legged horse at the entrance of Valletta is distasteful to me both in conception and in visual impact. In trying to be original we end up with a stupidity. The...

  • Missing limbs

    Why so much fuss about a three-legged horse? Only a few metres away we have a headless theatre!

  • Let the traffic flow again

    Please allow me to refer to Alfred Griscti’s ‘No gridlock’ (September 3) and, to his ‘Bisazza Street’ (July 20). The second piece does not deserve a reply but the photo accompanying his September 3 letter must have been shot this summer (last...

  • REME old boys

    My wife and I will be coming to Malta from the UK in October and would dearly like to meet some of my old workmates of the late 1950s, including our tea boy, who also topped up our diesel generators and occasionally got diesel in the tea. I...

  • The mayor’s selective eye for detail

    The mayor’s selective eye for detail

    Our mayor, Alfred Grixti (a friend I amicably criticise), has a very selective eye for detail. In his piece entitled ‘Beyond the ‘R’’’ (September 4), he pointed out that he purposely left the ‘R’ missing on Dun Karm’s monument in Sciortino Street,...

  • What Caritas always wanted

    At a time when nearly all around us in Europe there is still a flatlined economic investment and growth, we cannot but be heartened reading the finance minister’s Pre-Budget Document 2015 aptly titled ‘Creating opportunities not dependencies’. By...

  • Labour laws

    Can a collective agreement between employer/employee be of lower standards to local and European Union legislation? If not, why is it that such agreements are allowed to be signed and to stand? Don’t the local labour watchdogs scrutinise...

  • New way of evangelisation

    Education is the power by which to eradicate poverty, hunger and disease in Africa. Inspired by this idea, we missionaries working in Malindi-Kenya are doing our best to build schools and pay school fees for poor and orphans. This is a new system...

  • Motorcycles parked illegally

    The corner of Tigné Street with Tower Road, Sliema, is always littered with parked motorcycles, notwithstanding the ‘No parking’ sign displayed there. Besides being an eyesore, the parked motorcycles present an obstacle to pedestrians and...

  • The queen of hearts

    Sadly, Josette Amato passed away on August 31, the same day that Princess Diana, the queen of hearts, was tragically killed in a car accident in 1997. Coincidence? No. Josette was, without a shadow of doubt, the queen of hearts to all who were...

  • Charisma and vision

    Comments made by both Fr Alfred Micallef and Ranier Fsadni (September 4) brought out forcefully the distinction between the roles of administration and charisma in leadership. They were referring to the criticism of Archbishop Paul Cremona’s...

  • Reliable power supply

    In view of the recent power cuts, we had another one the Sunday before last, which took over two hours. Why is the government not considering a cable link to the European grid system through Sicily? There is, I believe, considerable doubt about...

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