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Letters

  • Two missing monuments

    On March 28, 1566, the foundation stone of a new fortified city was laid on the peninsula dividing Malta’s main harbours. It was named Valletta after the name of its founder Jean de Valette, the Grand Master of the Order of St John. Very recently,...

  • Negative attitude on healthy transport

    Negative attitude on healthy transport

    Last Sunday’s editorial (‘Scratching the surface’, January 10) was devoted to a critique of the Prime Minister’s New Year speech. The comparison with Simon Busuttil’s bicycle ride on car-free day months ago was misplaced because it occurred in a...

  • Mater Dei Urology Department

    I refer to the letter ‘Free healthcare’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 10) by Simon Oosterman. I would like to point out that the Urology Department at Mater Dei Hospital is run by qualified staff who know what they are doing and run it...

  • Kerosene price

    The price of crude oil is now at its lowest since 2005. When is the price of kerosene in Malta going to reflect this decrease? The price today is four times what it was in 2004.

  • Police and hunting

    I refer to the report entitled ‘Police failing to act over “massive” illegal night trapping – CABS’, which appeared on December 21. Contrary to what was claimed in the article, the police administrative law enforcement unit (ALE) has always...

  • No Spanish ‘political flu’

    Back from my New Year’sholidays, I saw the article byJohn Cassar White entitled ‘Spanish political flu infects EU’ (January 4).May I say that I found itvery unfortunate because ofthe following: Cassar was cautious and used the conditional “if” and...

  • Lower tax for infrequent drivers

    Lower tax for infrequent drivers

    Car owners and drivers who pay a very high vehicle registration tax or high annual circulation licence fee (tax) have no incentive to leave their car in the garage. On the contrary, it makes sense for them to make full and optimum use of their car...

  • Saints on the road

    It is encouraging to see that Frans Said’s previous hardline stance against the bicycle is softening. In his latest letter, titled ‘Cyclists not all saints’, he concedes obliquely that there exist also cyclists who are saints. This is a great...

  • Long-term parking

    I appeal to the Prime Minister and the minister in charge to urgently tackle the serious problem residents are facing in Gudja, especially in the vicinity of the airport, when it comes to parking their cars. The problem has existed for years...

  • Self-important interviewers  

    One of TVM’s many banes is the total inability of those of its programme presenters who conduct interviews with personalities to realise that in an interview the most important person is not the interviewer butthe interviewee. We see this...

  • Liberalise the ferry... and the bus service

    Liberalise the ferry... and the bus service

    A decision cannot be made whether to build the Gozo tunnel or not. Because to decide, there must be something to decide on. It is all bluff. There is no geological study available... with the active faults present,the cost is likely to rise to €2...

  • Protection for vulnerable road users (1)

    Under the deceptive title of ‘Safety for cyclists’ (January 8), Jean Karl Soler again misleads readers on the question of presumed liability law, calling it “a campaign to target people simply because they drive a car”. First of all it must be...

  • Protection for vulnerable road users (2)

    Coming at the end of a disastrous week on our roads, with several pedestrians and motorcyclists seriously injured by cars and our first tragic motorcycle fatality of the year, Jean Karl Soler’s letter (January 8) must ring a little hollow, even...

  • New time bomb (1)

    New time bomb (1)

    It wasn’t long ago that the implications of a demographic ‘time bomb’ in Western Europe generally referred to the socio-economic management of ageing populations. In the light of the appalling events in Cologne last New Year’s Eve, we should seek...

  • New time bomb (2)

    Angela Merkel got her first present from the migrants, having been so over generous. “You can’t touch us, I’m a Syrian, Mrs Merkel invited us.” These are the words allegedly spoken by gangs to the police at New Year’s Eve in Cologne. That night...

  • Employment rate in Malta is still low

    The Maltese economy is doing well, in terms of real GDP and employment growth. It has been doing well for some years. We are often informed that Malta registers one of the lowest rates of unemployment in the EU. This is true, and has been so for...

  • Safety on our roads

    Drivers, bikers and pedestrians, in other words, all of us who use roads, need to instill the important rule into our minds that: everyone using the road has a right to use it as much as I do. I do not have supreme right over all. I should not...

  • Ethiopia dream come true

    Ethiopia dream come true

    Next Monday, January 18, a young Ethiopian man I have been aiding, Zemenu Yohannes Fetene, is to become a medical doctor. His life dream comes true. From being a homeless orphan with no future to becoming a doctor is much longer than one can even...

  • Similarities

    On December 31, the Times of Malta carried a very interesting story relating to the Russian President’s son-in-law. The story rings (in my ears) similar to happenings here; the amounts vary, of course, but very similar in other ways.

  • Disgraceful service

    I am a pensioner in bad health and have been on the phone with Melita because I suspect they have been overcharging me. However, since I could not get any satisfaction on the phone I decided to go to the nearest branch, which is in Paola, to get...