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Letters

  • The sieges of Malta

    Desmond Zammit Marmará wrote well about the 450th anniversary of the Great Siege (April 28). Many think the Great Siege did not involve the Maltese or the Christians but the Order of St John because the Ottomans could not live in peace. The ...

  • Vacant dwellings

    Successive governments have been ignoring the vacant dwellings issue for long enough now. I hope the present administration will set the ball rolling. What a shame! Besides being an eyesore, these crumbling properties are a menace to their...

  • Gozo Vicar General

    While I congratulate and give my best wishes to Canon Tarcisio Camilleri on his appointment as the new Vicar General for the Gozo Diocese, I would like to convey my thanks and appreciation to Mgr. Archdeacon Giovanni Bosco Gauci who has...

  • Clean air

    Clean air

    Air pollution costs so much in lives and money, yet, what is being done about it? Designing cycle paths and bus stops is just not enough. Trying to help people with a heart condition is good but not good enough. Is there not one...

  • Finding rest in the stillness

    Finding rest in the stillness

    With deep concern, I am writing on the proposed development of a shooting range a few metres away from the Jesuit-run Mount St Joseph Retreat House, in Mosta. Being a frequent visitor of this unique place on our islands, I can witness how the...

  • Plea for truth, transparency

    I am writing to express my various concerns about the development of a shooting range next to Mount St Joseph Retreat House, in Mosta. I would like to stress that I am very much against this disturbing development. I was very shocked at the...

  • Shattering the peace

    Part of the mission of the Jesuits is to provide a place like Mount St Joseph Retreat House, in Mosta, which can serve as an oasis of silence and beautiful scenery for the soul to rest and recharge its batteries. The president of the Sports...

  • Save the silence

    As a Spaniard who has enjoyed the silent and quiet of Mount St Joseph Retreat House, in Mosta, which is a really unique place of healthy contemplation, I would like to protest about plans to open a shooting range in its vicinity. I truly hope that...

  • When sending money abroad

    Ever since HSBC took over Mid-Med Bank it was pretty obvious to everyone that all they ever cared about was profits and nothing else. Customer care went by the wayside and the bank branches don’t look like bank branches anymore and the service has...

  • Rainbow crossings

    Rainbow crossings

    I disagree entirely with the Talking Point by Fr Richard-Nazzareno Farrugia (April 24) on the now infamous rainbow-coloured LGBTI crossings. Whether the children were “led” or not I do not know; what I do know, however, is that children ought to...

  • New hotel would ruin Mellieħa Bay

    The proposed five-star hotel on the site of the existing Costa del Sol restaurant at Mellieħa Bay, if approved by Mepa, will ruin forever the splendid views of the bay when coming downhill from the Ċirkewwa or Armier areas. It is simply...

  • Betting on referendum results

    It will be interesting if someone can carry out a survey and possibly quantify the approximate amount of money which changed hands in big betting prior to the hunting referendum. If hearsay is something to rely on, another 10 per cent of...

  • Property fund

    I do understand that the government’s electoral programme is only midway in its implementation. But, really, does it need so long to refer the injustice inflicted on shareholders of the MM Property Fund to some form of arbitration,...

  • A child called ‘it’

    The Gender Identity Bill, passed by Parliament on April 1, leaves much to be desired. The Bill became law by presidential assent on April 14. Going through Act XI of 2015 one is perplexed to read that article 7, which applies to all those...

  • Africa shares the blame for migrant deaths

    Amid the cries of alarm from Joseph Muscat, Matteo Renzi and other European politicians over the deaths of so many African migrants in the Mediterranean, African leaders appear to be far from acknowledging their share of the responsibility. While...

  • Cartel in the fuel market

    Cartel in the fuel market

    I refer to the editorial of April 24 entitled ‘Who exactly is defending the consumers’. Reference was made to the Consumers’ Association. The editorial raised the questionof whether the association pressed the MCCAA to speed up the...

  • Caring for trees

    About three weeks ago a Mastric tree (tad-Deru) was damaged during the road resurfacing works at San Anard Street, Tarxien. I reported the damage to the Tarxien local council which in turn requested the Environmental Landscape Consortium (ELC)...

  • Disparaging words

    In an article in relation to the President of Malta, Article 72 of the Criminal Code was quoted. I find it strange and incongruous that the Criminal Code does not seem to have been quoted in relation to God Almighty and all the saints in...

  • Slow justice

    The Justice Minister is justified to be upbeat at the increased efficiency of the Small Claims Tribunal. I suggest he now focuses on the Court of Arbitration. I have been waiting for a judgment on my case since the last sitting held on...

  • George Cross on the flag

    Charles Xuereb and the George Cross on the flag of Malta cannot live together. His recent statement aired on Campus FM however takes the cake. He reasoned that the cross depicted on the medal awarded to Malta in 1942 by King George VI...

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