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Letters

  • 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...

  • Breastfeeding is best

    A lot is being said about breastfeeding; some argue that breast is best, others say it doesn’t matter that much. Looking back in history, mothers were bound by their biology to nurture their offspring, but today they have a choice to make. Formula...

  • Europe’s Environment Commissioner

    Congratulations are obviously due to our Maltese politician who will be responsible for protecting the European environment. This was undoubtedly an excellent choice, as our experience in environmental conservation has been the envy of all Europe.

  • King’s Own Malta Regiment

    King’s Own Malta Regiment

    Further to Denis Darmanin’s informative reference to various regimental titles of the King’s Own Malta Regiment (The Sunday Times of Malta, September 21), I would like to point out another pattern, which although mentioned briefly in his article,...

  • Texting while driving

    It has been reported that in the UK there was an increase in traffic accidents caused by drivers using their mobile phones for talking or texting while driving, five per cent of which were fatal. I presume that everyone knows (at least all drivers...

  • God knows what He’s doing

    In a letter in The Sunday Times of Malta (September 21), John Guillaumier informs us: “When a species becomes extinct, it will never come into being again. It will vanish forever like an exploding star.” So it will, Mr Guillaumier, so it will. If...

  • Diversity: inferior or superior?

    It would be a mistake to confuse diversity with superiority. We would never appreciate the differences between us unless we fully understand the meaning of diversity. I would define diversity as the exploration of our differences in a safe and...

  • Gozo totally forgotten

    Independence Day came and went. In Gozo, flags could be seen on roofs, we sang the national anthem after Mass and lit up the facades of our churches. In a nutshell, we did our part, but surprisingly nothing was done by the authorities so that we...