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Letters

  • Maltese descent

    I am a Frenchwoman of Maltese descent from the family of Federico Dimech (sculptor) and Beatrice Farrugia, who were married in Cospicua on October 28, 1845. They had seven children: Antonio, Ferdinando, Paolo, Margherita, Fran-cesco, Giovanna and...

  • So disturbing

    I concur 100 per cent with Alfred Gauci (February 23) about political mass meetings being held in locations that inconvenience and disturb residents and commuters. In fact, I don’t know of anywhere else in the civilised world where they do. Who...

  • Anarchy on the roads

    Traffic in Malta seems to be increasing every day and air pollution, noise and congested streets mean a poorer quality of life. Most of us are now addicted to our cars and very few are prepared to give them up, even though we know that cancer,...

  • Uprooted trees

    Uprooted trees

    Over the past seven to eight years, perhaps even before, we have been witnessing massive development in Swieqi. Beautiful houses and villas have been demolished and replaced by new blocks of ugly concrete. In the process, many trees are uprooted,...

  • The French and the sword

    A researcher of Maltese descent in a Scottish university recently interviewed Scottish and Maltese schoolchildren. Among other things, she asked them whether they like the French and why. Both said no. Scots said this was because the French eat...

  • Overheating world

    Last December, I was telling myself that Donald Trump’s administration would not last a month. I was wrong. I have to sit still to see him being kicked out of office by some Democrat candidate with his head in place. Life could always be worse. So...

  • Purpose to serve

    Allow me to praise the initiatives and hard work put into the realisation of publishing a unique book consisting of a compilation of contributions by 10 of Malta’s current top writers in honour of former European Court of Human Rights judge...

  • Football flashback

    Football flashback

    The report of Malta’s international football match against Austria (February 24) stimulated memories that I never shall forget. I was 27 years old then, three years younger than Victor Scerri. In fact, this letter concerns a ‘clash’ with him. It...

  • Democratic decisions

    Ivan Padovani (February 9) continues with his hysterical assertions of destruction of human life if and when a woman exercises her right to use a hormone tablet, classified by local and international medical regulatory bodies as emergency...

  • Meeting rejected

    Allow me to refer to the news item titled ‘Nexia bosses turn down call to meet Panama Committee’ (February 15) where the following was stated: “The financial advisers who opened secret companies have turned down an invitation to meet a delegation...

  • Court case

    I refer to the article ‘10 pending criminal libel cases, 7 against journalists’ (February 24). The article incorrectly states that the Ramblers’ Association of Malta filed criminal libel proceedings against the editor of The Malta Independent on...

  • Tips for cyclists’ safety

    Tips for cyclists’ safety

    With so many new bicycle commuters and with NextBike making it even easier to switch from using a car to a bike, the Bicycling Advocacy Group have published some essential tips for staying safe on the road. Make eye contact with drivers,...

  • Undemocratic ‘clique’

    Democracy in Malta has been reduced to a ping-pong ball game between the political leaders and their friends. I am a former police sergeant. I was dismissed from the force under the Nationalist administration, apart from going through three...

  • Patience to dialogue

    May Malta’s politicians heed the advice Pope Francis gave to students at the Roma Tre University and seek patience to dialogue. After all, politicians are voted to parliament to carry out their duty to the best of their ability and be an example...

  • Family man

    What a relief to hear a Cabinet minister declare he had his family in mind when he opened a company in Panama. His family must be grateful to him for securing their future. Maltese heads of family should follow such noble deeds but, be careful,...

  • Fact and fiction

    I have been hearing a lot lately that blasphemy (swearing) has been decriminalised by the repeal of the religion vilification law. How correct is this? Or maybe it is correct as when many were saying that Pope Francis had said that abortion is no...

  • On the buses

    On the buses

    Is it too much to ask Malta Public Transport to employ someone who can pronounce our two national languages to record the stop messages on buses? On a trip from St. Julian’s to Valletta on February 22, at about 9:30am, the announcements were made...

  • Conducting scientific research outside traditional settings

    Conducting scientific research outside traditional settings

    The news of an international conference on science engagement and women in science, which was meant to be held in Malta recently, made the headlines for all the wrong reasons. However, although the gathering did not take place on our shores, the...

  • No political meetings in residential areas

    From the next election onwards the two main political parties should stop holding their mass meetings in towns and villages, but instead have them in open spaces such as Ħal Far or Ta’ Qali. The advantages are numerous; the noise from loudspeakers...

  • Government is sinking

    To err is human, but to persist in repeating the same errors time and time again is an insult to honest citizens who strive hard to make ends meet. During the last couple of months, the corruption crisis which has unfortunately transformed the...

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