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Letters

  • The elusive, passport

    In May, I went to renew my passport. I have dual citizenship (Australian and Maltese) and have held my Maltese passport for many years. As I was born in Australia and now live in Spain, I have used my Maltese passport to reside in...

  • ‘Irrational’ times

    In the current debate about the introduction of the morning-after-pill on the market, two aspects should be clarified. For long years now, we, and especially the younger generation, have been repeatedly told that the use of contraceptives would...

  • Tree haters

    Tree haters

    Alfred Baldacchino, a former assistant director at the planning authority’s environmental directorate, is a regular contributor on trees. His efforts are highly commendable, especially given the fact that most Maltese are not interested in trees...

  • Aspects of recklessness

    It may be poor consolation to Tony Barbaro Sant (July 28) to know that I’ve been without a telephone landline since the beginning of July and, again, this is because some reckless workers were demolishing a property to which telephone cables were...

  • Route bus departures

    Why is it that at the Marsascala bus terminus there are no bus departure timetables, only blank, white boards? Why do we have to beg the bus driver for the time they will leave? The drivers keep sending us from one bus to another and, despite...

  • A leap in food quality

    It seems Alexandra Vella (July 30) was misinformed on Casa Leone’s culinary service. The new system of healthy meals was selected following nutritionists’ advice, taking into consideration the particular requirements of the home’s elderly...

  • Dangerous stage

    Dangerous stage

    This bus stop in Mellieħa Bay is situated on a dangerous corner, barely a metre from the inside traffic lane. It can easily be relocated further up the road where there is plenty of space and will be safer. Many pedestrians also cross this busy...

  • Benefits of solidarity

    The world witnessed the foundation of a united Europe. The solidarity of the European Union is a fundamental principle based on sharing both the advantages – prosperity – and the burdens equally and justly among members. This, in turn, ensures...

  • Power of the pen

    I refer to my letter ‘Bus card problems’ (July 13). To my surprise, at 9.30am on the morning of July 13, a gentleman from Autobus de Leon called, telling me he had just seen my letter referred to above, apologised for the inconvenience caused,...

  • Nobody wants to be a refugee

    I refer to Lino Bugeja’s opinion piece ‘The migratory illusion’ (July 28). It is important to be clear that the suggested proposal to conduct a “benign pushback operation” is not only illegal by international and European law but it is neither in...

  • Crowning glory

    Crowning glory

    Recently, we took an English friend of ours to Gozo. An absolutely lovely day looking around and doing the usual attractions and ending up with what we thought would be the icing on the cake: id-Dwejra. But what a shock! One building looks like...

  • Burdensome

    I have learnt that Virtu Ferries have been kind enough to grant a permit for animals travelling with their owners to be allowed on the outside passenger deck shut up in cages. This has been a very magnanimous gesture on the part of Virtu...

  • Ethical issues

    Ignoring the ethical implications of the morning-after pill does not serve the common good of society.

  • Obstacles

    I refer to the letter by Alfred Mangion (July 26). I fully agree with it and would also like to point out the abuse of public pavements by many business outlets that make use of ‘street furniture’ to enlarge their business area. I live in Sliema...

  • Burden of proof

    Edward Mallia is a conformist whose belief in religious belief is implied, not expressed. Read between the lines of his write-up on ‘The twilight of the gods?’ (July 15) and you’ll see that, while pretending to stand on the sidelines of the debate...

  • Exploited top sites

    Exploited top sites

    As a country we are so proud that Dwejra has been acknowledged by Unesco as having ‘outstanding universal value’. Indeed, pictures of the place appear prominently on every single tourist brochure produced locally. And, yet, what we have made of it...

  • Low-income citizens

    Low-income citizens have to fend on their own with nobody to support them in buying their own homes, not even the government. Will the Planning Authority launch a special scheme forthe numerous people who are unable to afford their own home and...

  • Manifest hatred

    Can anyone tell us readers what makes an asylum seeker turn to terrorism, as we’re witnessing in France and Germany? Is it jealousy and hatred towards the west? It’s hard to believe how these asylum seekers have the guts to harm those who reached...

  • Beach gone to the dogs

    The decision to allow dog owners to use a number of public beaches this summer has proved to be annoying, unhygienic and downright illogical, to say the least. While the Malta Tourism Authority and Nature Trust are daily providing us with...

  • Church and State matters (1)

    In the editorial of The Sunday Times of Malta (July 24), when commenting about euthanasia it was stated: “It is important that Church teachings should inform the debate”, and in the same breath it was affirmed “however, they should not determine...