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Letters

  • Concern over banding in schools

    As parents striving to raise our children in a stronger society, we are concerned with the introduction of banding in the education system. Education will once again start to emphasise grades and academic abilities only. In mixed-ability classes,...

  • Birkirkara council and the disabled

    The National Parents’ Society of Persons with Disability would like to commend the initiative taken by the Birkirkara council to gather statistics on persons with a disability in the locality and identify their various needs and shortcomings. The...

  • Like driving on the moon

    I am a frequent user of Triq il-Linja, Triq il-Ġonna and Triq Birkirkara, in Attard, adjoining roads that for a long time have been in such a bad state it’s like driving on the moon. I reported the condition of these roads to our local council in...

  • Hot water

    Warning to swimmers: always test the water before plunging in. According to one newspaper’s weather forecast, dated July 8, 2014, the average sea temperature around the Maltese islands was 254 degrees centigrade!

  • Troubled waters

    The recent aggressive Chinese behaviour in the South China Sea is worrying many countries: from Vietnam and the Philippines to Japan and the United States. Some years back, China used to call the South China Sea a sea of peace, friendship,...

  • To kill a palm tree

    To kill a palm tree

    Why do some people need to destroy a palm tree that does not belong to them? The photo shows that the bottom part of the tree is black as though it had been set on fire. That is not the case however. Something has evidently been poured onto it...

  • Definition of roadworks

    I can’t remember a summer when I haven’t written to this newspaper about the main road through Victoria being blocked at the height of the tourist season. What I can remember is a very recent announcement that there would be no roadworks this year...

  • Missing news

    Watching the TVM 8pm news on July 4, I was not surprised that the channel’s ratings are taking a dip. Full coverage was given to the 200th anniversary of the Malta Police Corps, with all the pomp and ceremony on the Palace Square, in Valletta,...

  • World Cup commentary

    I don’t know how TVM acquired live coverage of every World Cup game with the bonus of English commentary but someone should buy that guy or gal a large drink. I have to say the presentation is quite superb and the presenters would easily fit...

  • Culture of littering

    I feel the need to express my annoyance at the manner in which this island is being treated as a giant litter bin. The country is moving forward at great speed in many areas, with buildings, roads and historic sites being renovated and brought up...

  • Home straight

    I received a couple of registered letters over the last few weeks from Italy and from Malta. Each and every time the postal operator left a note stating that he tried to deliver an item but, unfortunately, I was out. Unfortunately for Maltapost,...

  • Ebola virus risks

    Ebola virus risks

    As the deadly Ebola virus spreads from Africa, can the Ministry of Health assure us that all is in hand to contain this lethal disease should it be brought into Malta by a boat migrant or indeed by other visitors? Are Armed Forces of Malta...

  • ‘Law’ of the landlords

    “Ignorance of the law is no excuse” and, therefore, it cannot be used as a defence. “Sorry officer I was unaware of the 30mph speed limit.” Caught doing 60. Makes sense to me In many respects, there are laws that we are all aware of or should...

  • Sunbathing on the apron by the plane

    On June 25, the scheduled Air Malta flight to Catania-Munich, scheduled to leave at 3.30pm, was delayed by about an hour. We boarded the bus and when we arrived near the plane an airport employee stopped us from boarding. It was 3.10pm. From that...

  • A sponsor they call Kestrol

    Do we have to continue suffering that semi-falsetto, strained voice informing us, the State TV audiences, that Kestrol is among TVM’s sponsors, till the very final of the World Cup? Were it uttered by a guest in a discussion programme, it might...

  • Church’s voice is loud enough

    It is arrogant of Archbishop Paul Cremona to moan about his Church not being free to express itself. He fails to realise that people are nowadays more receptive of ideas other than those presented by his folk. The Church would rather see people...

  • Tribute to Paul Attard

    Tribute to Paul Attard

    On June 23, Malta was shocked to hear about the tragic death of Paul Attard, aged 72. He was a former permanent secretary, president of the Mcast board of governors and president of the St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation. He was a first-class...

  • Gozo lover

    It was with sadness that I heard of the death of Anton Cassar of Marsa, a veteran journalist and a renowned writer. Cassar, who was known as a gentleman in the literal sense of the world, was a friend of Gozo. During the few times I met him, he...

  • Bureaucracy is still alive

    Lino Spiteri’s article – as usual – made very interesting reading. What comes to mind is another appointment (I do not know what salary this post has) of someone who is supposed to find garages for bands to practise in. I wonder how many garages...

  • No more queuing

    I would like to tell readers about a wonderful experience. I went along to renew the yellow card for my medication at St Luke’s Hospital and was expecting another trauma like the one I experienced two years ago. But, to my surprise, instead of the...

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