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Letters

  • Armed forces’ new colours

    Armed forces’ new colours

    On October 3, I had the privilege of attending the blessing and presentation of the new colours to the Armed Forces of Malta. As a former serving member of the British armed forces, this event was indeed a very nostalgic and memorable one. The...

  • Medicine prices

    May I make the following suggestion to Helena Dalli, the minister responsible for consumer affairs, on the question of the scandalous prices of medicine. I understand, and stand to be corrected, that EU regulations prohibit the government...

  • Negating democracy

    In his letter ‘When the PN played with democracy’ (September 15), Eddy Privitera wrote that when the Nationalist Party condemned the government for entertaining the idea of postponing local council elections, it should have reminded...

  • Safety net for brave prostitutes

    Acclamation is in order for Labour deputy leader Toni Abela for being in favour of regulating prostitution. His is a very mature stand in a country suffering from a severe case of puritanism and inverted morality. Much of Maltese society and its...

  • Political blackmail

    The crux of the hunting problem in Malta is the two-party system. Both major parties are at fault because they are so keen to criticise each other that they cannot agree to present a common front on major issues. The hunting lobby uses a form...

  • The trails left by airplanes

    The government is elected for no other reason than to serve the people. Would the Prime Minister please tell us what benefit the chemicals being regularly discharged from large jet aircraft flying over Malta are to the people? When I ask...

  • Public bathing spot hangs in the balance

    Public bathing spot hangs in the balance

    Can the relevant authorities, that is, the Land Department and the Malta Tourism Authority, inform us why the old Balluta boathouse and slipway, which have been a favourite public bathing spot for many decades, are seemingly being given, or sold,...

  • No drivers kept idle

    Malta Public Transport categorically denies that drivers or buses are being kept idle (‘State drivers kept idle as UBS earns €30,000 a day’, The Sunday Times of Malta, October 5). The company has a strict policy that company resources, including...

  • Hazard just outside city

    Those like me who use public transport to go to Valletta and back, are risking a serious injury if they are not very careful how to walk on the small stretch of pavement coming out of City Gate on the left. To pinpoint the exact place, it is where...

  • Frustrating evening

    With regard to the letter by Joseph Muscat (September 19) regarding the performance of War and Peace at St James Cavalier, I too found it very frustrating. In fact, after 20 minutes of discordance and slow handclapping by the audience I went to...

  • Congestion charge needed for traffic

    Congestion charge needed for traffic

    The heavy traffic on our roads has become a major problem in terms of noise and air pollution, time wasted in driving from one place to another and accidents. The planned large developments in many urban areas will add to the problems. Some areas...

  • Belittling the PN

    I really enjoy reading Eddy Privitera’s letters. They make my day. His latest about Simon Busuttil’s “divisive” speech was really the peak in fun. Busuttil’s suggestion of having Independence Day as the national holiday can be debated – I...

  • The robots at Melita

    Thirty minutes, 31 seconds have passed, and there is nobody at Melita who can answer the phone. They start apologising from the morning, all the way to the evening. It is an absolute disgrace, that there always seems to be a backlog of...

  • Cost of paper

    As from September 1, Melita plc have started charging 31 cents for what they call a “monthly paper bill charge’. I suppose it is a sign of progress when to receive a paper bill at home is considered a privilege for which you have to pay an...

  • Passport photos

    My 10-year old granddaughter needed to have a new passport. My daughter produced a new passport photograph of the child who was wearing a one centimetre-wide hair band and which by no means was covering any part of the child’s face. The passport...

  • Roads, bridges and tunnels are needed

    The recently-opened underpass at Marsa looks well-finished and landscaped (if only all major Maltese roads looked like that), the go-ahead for the Kappara fly-over is indeed good news and the proposal made by Angelo Xuereb (September 29) for a...

  • Man behind the stadium

    Man behind the stadium

    I refer to Carmel Baldacchino’s interesting article that was entitled ‘The glory of the old Empire Sports Ground’ (September 18). I feel it is only just and fair to point out that all the glory and merit for the enterprising and foresighted...

  • Search for colleague

    I wish to trace a certain A. Cassar who worked for me in night clubs in Manchester and Chesterfield, UK, in the late 1960s and early 1970s. I visited his home in Fgura many years ago and, in May this year, while on holiday I went there to...

  • Kindness to tourists

    We have just returned to England after spending a two-week holiday at The Intercontinental Hotel, in St George’s Bay. While we were there a member of staff members told us about the 50th Independence Day celebrations that were taking place in...

  • Three cheers for phonics

    I’m old enough that I had phonics education all through elementary school in Ontario, Canada. I remember loving it. English spelling can seem strange and arbitrary and phonics made sense of it. I grew up to be an avid reader and, decades later,...