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Letters

  • Leadership is made of this

    The article ‘Leadership that matters’ (March 13) by Christopher Bezzina was an excellent critical analysis of what all members of Malta’s educational institutions should practise. The combined theme of leadership and instruction implies not only a...

  • Kool-Aid for a pen pal

    In the 1970s, when I was still in elementary school, I briefly hada pen pal from Malta. We exchanged several letters, and in the final letter I received from my Maltese pen pal, she asked me to send her some packets of Kool-Aid drink mix. I sent it.

  • Sidelined in the AFM

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Kristy Debono’s article ‘Joseph Muscat’s firsts’ published in the ever popular Times of Malta last Wednesday, March 26. What she said in this article is absolutely true and deserves our gratitude for refreshing our...

  • A permanent scar in Xemxija

    The ongoing talk of the town is that, should the proposed high building go ahead in Triq is-Simar, Xemxija, it will be nothing but a permanent scar in the face of Xemxija. It will certainly jar with the harmony of the present landscape where all...

  • Vague billboard

    A new Labour billboard reads “Qed inwettqu l-bidliet li xtaqt” (We are realizing the changes you wished for). Who exactly is this billboard speaking to? For example, is it speaking to the bird lovers or to the hunters? Is it speaking to the...

  • Benedict the great

    With the spotlight now fully on Pope Francis, how do I look at Benedict XVI? “When I am weak, I feel strong”. These words were said by St Paul. I feel they can be applied to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. One of the Austin friars in Malta, the late...

  • No police when you need them

    I’ve just read the article about the Swieqi car vandals (March 27), which once again exhibits the lack of regular and vigilant police patrols in this area. This reminds me of an unsavoury incident which I, together with my 17-year-old daughter,...

  • Never-ending Xemxija leak

    I refer to the letter by Brian Cade entitled ‘Water leaking for five years’ (March 25). I am an owner of one of the Xemxija boathouses that were mentioned. Those garages are very well kept and not derelict as Cade said in his letter. Running water...

  • Complaint about quote

    I refer to the little piece in Quote of the Day, published by this newspaper on March 18. It contained a very boorish joke about the Italians that was attributed to W. Owen, a British poet and soldier. At least, he should have said “they kiss your...

  • The central Mediterranean

    The central Mediterranean appears to have five contenders for islands (or towns) called Melite or Melita in the Roman era. (A sixth city is Malatya in Turkey). First, the western island called Gharbi, or even Melitta, in the Kerkennah group off...

  • Council wants Qala trees out

    In the light of all the contro-versy surrounding the continued destruction of trees in Malta, it is saddening to discover that Qala council has applied to Mepa to remove the 32 mature trees which adorn one of Gozo’s most popular squares. The usual...

  • Dedication and individual care

    I read with great interest the article ‘College Rules, OK?’ about St Aloysius College published in The Sunday Times of Malta on March 16. We have to recognise the important role that the Church plays in our society, especially in the education of...

  • Arrogance under this government

    The majority of voters prior to the last general elections failed to analyse what was being discussed in the electoral campaign. For this reason – wanting change at all costs – they gave the go-ahead to Joseph Muscat to govern the...

  • High hopes for Synod

    I enjoyed Fr John Caruana’s letter/article (March 25). His optimism reflects a good part of my high hopes for the Synod of Bishops. I truly believe that Pope Francis is one of the most keenly attuned Pontiffs in many centuries. He is actually...

  • Some more witticisms

    Following on Terry Bate’s (March 22) and Peter Apap Bologna’s (March 25) contributions, I would like to make my own contributions, taken from my book I Remember. After a wet get-together: “It was one of those touching reunions; I myself was...

  • Sorry for the successes

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has asked the Nationalist Party to apologise for the projects PN-led governments carried out over the last 25 years. Knowing Eddie Fenech Adami and Lawrence Gonzi, I am convinced that they will not do this, because it...

  • Applications to Mcast

    Caroline Balzan, Mcast’s PR and communications manager (March 17), made only one statement in reply to my letter (March 1), saying that they “do their best to accommodate all applicants”. Doing their best is not a guarantee that all applicants are...

  • The boy saved from drowning

    I saved a young Maltese boy from the sea at St George’s Bay on July 4, 1974. I was on detachment with the Royal Air Force from Britain and the incident happened while I was on duty. I believe Charlie was his name and he had gone for a swim with a...

  • Natural born blockers

    Going through the monumental work by Roger Ellul Micallef, Zammit of Malta, I found that when, in the early 20th century, the Secretary of State for the Colonies authorised the call for tenders on the purchase of electric power plants, to increase...

  • Big Bang: just a theory

    There is no way to know exactly what happened some 13.8 billion years ago, when our universe burst onto the scene. But scientists announced last week a discovery on how our universe came to be: it rapidly expanded in less than a trillionth of a...

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