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Letters

  • Daylight robbery on medicines

    The Opposition’s spokesman for health, Claudio Grech, is of the opinion that medicines “which are cheap” should no longer be given free by the government. My reply is this: we have no cheap medicine in Malta. We have about the costliest medicine...

  • Surnames in Scotland

    I was recently on holiday in Malta and was chatting to a man on the bus to Sliema. He asked me if I knew anyone with the surname Lowell in Scotland as he was doing some family history research. I did not know of anyone but told him there was a...

  • Tiny stamps

    A few days ago I received a letter from an old friend of mine who collects stamps including Malta’s. He has asked me to buy him a set of the last stamps issue by Maltapost on March 18, 2014. This keen philatelist remarked that the set of stamps...

  • Cars so noisy they vibrate

    Much has been said about nightclub noise over the years and, again, lately but no one seems to regard the excessive noise from cars as intrusive or even as pollution. We have had, for far too long, cars with exhaust pipes the size of drain pipes,...

  • Controversial Pope Francis

    Times of Malta published several write-ups on Pope Francis to mark the first anniversary of his pontificate. None of them mentioned his most controversial statements, most of which sent shock waves among the Catholic faithful. In an interview with...

  • VAT refunds on funerals

    In September 2013, I applied for a VAT refund on funeral expenses paid. An acknowledgement was received (Ref. FU/1282/13). On enquiring by phone, the officer responsible for refunds stated that it was normal for an application to take an average...

  • New promise in the pipeline

    Somebody told me that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat “promised” (he is fond of promises) that the gas tanker would remain in Marsaxlokk bay until a gas pipeline from Italy is in place. I hope that this news will now receive the applause of the...

  • Pseudo science on the radio

    Problems related to health are evidently a very favourite topic on radio programmes. Listening to one the other day, a lady presenter was expounding at length and with fervour the virtues of homeopathy. I waited for the bald statement that...

  • Pharmacy of Your Choice

    The ministry takes exception to the article ‘Government pledges end to POYC interference’ published in Times of Malta on March 20. At no point during the meeting did the permanent secretary state that he will “do everything within his power to...

  • ‘Anarchy’ in Xlendi

    After reading the On the Dot item about a corner restaurant in Xlendi blocking off the pavement, I felt compelled to add that it is not just the tables and chairs blocking the pavement but canopies with plastic sides. These are closed off when the...

  • Calling a spade a spade

    Karl Consiglio’s contention that I had tried to belittle him is not quite as fanciful as when, some two years ago, he had sarcastically written that apparently I was not (even) aware that the sun does not rise but that it is the earth that...

  • Motorcycles in the park

    Last weekend, I decided to take a walk through the Majjistral Nature Park, taking advantage of the beautiful spring weather and in search of silence and tranquillity, which a protected area is supposed to give. This supposedly protected nature...

  • Wills in line with Sharia

    The Sunday Telegraph (March 23) carried a disturbing article on ‘guidelines’ being issued to UK solicitors on drawing up ‘Sharia-compliant’ wills. According to the article, such wills would effectively deny women an equal share of inheritances...

  • Life savers

    On March 13 I started suffering from severe chest pains and was admitted to Mater Dei Hospital where a very urgent intervention was done to save my life. I publicly thank the cardiologist and the rest of the staff at the CCU for their sterling...

  • Immigrants’ qualifications

    According to the report by the People for Change Foundation presented to the European Network against Racism, African migrants in Malta are discriminated against as they suffer “underemployment”, and are channelled into second-class jobs, despite...

  • Traffic police

    Where are the traffic policemen in Malta? In the 17 years since I’ve returned to my birthplace, I don’t think I’ve seen more than five of them on the roads.

  • Kindness and care at ward

    I would like to thank the consultant as well as his whole team, the staff of the Critical Care Unit, for their kindness and loving care when my late wife, Joyce, was receiving treatment at Mater Dei Hospital. I would also like to say thank all...

  • Water leaking for five years

    I refer to the article by Carmel Cacopardo (March 15). He wrote: “Water is everybody’s business. It is also everybody’s responsibility.” I am a regular visitor to Malta and for the last four or five years I have seen water running out of a row of...

  • Wit gratitude

    I write to thank Terry Bate for his witty contribution to our weekend fun (March 22), and to contribute this: “Yes, I’ve dined there twice, the first and the last time” (Freddy Kobler).

  • Neglect in Marsalforn

    First of all, to get the readers’ bearings right, this is not Somalia (with due apologies to that beautiful country). This was once the Qbajjar Promenade, the pride of Marsalforn in the 1990s. This is where families were encouraged to take their...

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