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Letters

  • Of angels and mermen

    Antoine Vassallo, in ‘Angels are not in the mind’ (September 24) does not believe in mermen and frog princess, referring to them as fictional, but speaks of angels as fact: “certainly not imaginary”. So, how does that work? Facts can only be...

  • Are hunters free to speak?

    I have always been outspoken in my opposition to hunting and I support the government’s decision to close the hunting season to control the illegalities that were taking place. However, I cannot but condemn the actions of the police and the courts...

  • ALE has not deteriorated... and does not intimidate

    I refer to the article ‘Environment police unit suffers useless massacre’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, September 14). The Malta Police Force strongly denies the claims recently published in the media regarding the alleged deterioration of its...

  • The price reductions of medicines

    Whenever I hear or read that the prices of a number of medicines have been reduced I am not at all impressed. During the years I have been writing about the scandalous prices of medicines in Malta it has emerged that a number of those same...

  • A message from Jerusalem

    As a Maltese missionary in Jerusalem for the past 55 years I would like to heartily thank the Mission Fund in Mosta and their benefactors for the help I received for my mission here, where we strive continuously to build peaceful bridges between...

  • Hunters’ illegal protest

    With reference to the hunters’ illegal protest I fail to understand why they assaulted a Times of Malta journalist and photographer. Isn’t the idea of a protest to be seen and heard by as many people as possible? Is that not precisely what the...

  • George Borg Olivier: a true statesman

    I remember that hot August day in 1962 when I heard on the radio the contents of the letter Prime Minister George Borg Olivier sent to the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs and Colonial Affairs: “On behalf of the government and people of...

  • Malta Territorial Force

    Malta Territorial Force

    The photograph above taken in 1944 shows a group of Maltese who served in the Army Service Corps (Malta Territorial Force). My brother, Joseph D’Agostino is in the middle row, first from right. He is now 89 and lives in London, Ontario, Canada. I...

  • Keep Sunday as a day of rest for society

    It has been reported in Times of Malta (September 19), that a consultation paper is proposing that all shops currently not allowed to open on Sunday can do so provided they remain closed on another day. The first reaction that comes to one’s mind...

  • Dodo Lees’ memoir on ‘bikini case’

    The revival of the 1964 ‘bikini case’ brought back vivid memories of those events which, at the time, did not have any element of farce, rather concern and controversy, unlike the recent case of Christina Betke which really was pure farce.

  • Top players mainly foreign

    The Times of Malta’s selection of the best players for the weekend of September 20-21 included only three Maltese players, all hailing from Valletta FC. Such a situation is, in my opinion, very disturbing. Does it underline the dearth of local...

  • Divisive proposal

    Why did the leader of the Opposition decide to spoil the unity which the whole Maltese population had witnessed for the first time after five decades by insisting that only Independence Day should be regarded as Malta’s national day? Surely, he...

  • More buses

    According to timesofmalta.com, Transport Malta will organise hourly direct bus services to the Malta International Airshow today and tomorrow. Hourly services? Does Transport Malta really, seriously want to persuade show-goers to use its direct...

  • No passage

    Recently, it was pointed out in this newspaper that a large van was blocking a lane off the Mrieħel bypass. On another morning, various vans, trucks and buses were blocking the inner lane from the Waterfront Hotel to the Sliema Strand, including a...

  • Contrasts

    Markit, a company specialising in providing financial information mainly through its Purchasing Managers’ Index, forecasts the eurozone’s growth for this current quarter about to end at 0.3 per cent. But for Malta? Over eight times as much.

  • Proposal for Gozo airfield

    Proposal for Gozo airfield

    The item on the proposed fixed-wing airfield in Gozo has started a rush of e-mails between supporters of the project. It is good news that the Water Services Corporation’s plans to renew the outfall sewer will take into account the possibility of...

  • Hunting ban was only way

    The suspension of the hunting season is being widely interpreted as a ploy to influence MEPs who will have to decide whether Karmenu Vella is fit to be the EU’s environment commissioner. The ban is, however, significant on another level. The...

  • Parish priest

    We refer to the piece (September 24) where it was reported that some Marsa parishioners have asked for the removal of the present parish priest. We would joyfully have him back in San Ġwann. Their loss will be our gain. There is an old expression...

  • Bedding for SPCA animals

    I am a lover of animals and have helped the animal welfare society, SPCA, since I came to live in Malta 21 years ago through fundraising, attending functions and collecting newspapers which are used, I understand, as bedding for the animals. I...

  • Żejtun residents on watch

    I have lived in Żejtun these past seven years and, although it has its problems, I can say that everyone here keeps a close eye on things. Neighbours will question callers to our home and we, in turn, keep a lookout for them. My friends from the...