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Letters

  • Cost of living increase

    The recently announced restrained cost of living wage increment for 2015 should help to stabilise Malta’s economy. Low inflation encourages business, in particular tourism and industry, two main pillars of the economy. This stability will induce...

  • Two-pin plugs

    Two-pin plugs

    Over two years ago, a law was introduced banning electrical appliances supplied with two-pin plugs. The above photo is an angle grinder I purchased last week.

  • What is happening to our language?

    What is happening to the Maltese language? A well known broadcaster recently used the word ‘jinnahula’ – a bastardised version of the English word ‘annihilate’, when the appropriate Maltese word is ‘jeqred’. This is happening all too often. Anyone...

  • Fast lane to canonisation

    I read with great interest and joy the article entitled ‘Maltese couple being touted for canonisation’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, October 19). Without detracting anything from the just concluded Synod for the Christian Family Life, I believe the...

  • Flu vaccine not available yet

    November is here but so far the flu vaccine is as yet not available at the polyclinics. Is this another of those tiny little slips made by the Health Department? Unfortunately, the 58 cents promised me in the next Budget is not enough to buy it...

  • Maltese collective memory

    I must congratulate The Sunday Times of Malta on its report on Maltese memory regarding the French interlude of 1798-1800 (The Sunday Times of Malta, October 26), as discussed in my new book. What readers must have missed in that report, however,...

  • Napoleon’s loot from Malta

    According to Charles Xuereb’s book, France in the Collective Memory, Perceptions, Identities after Bonaparte in British Malta, Napoleon never pillaged Malta (The Sunday Times of Malta, October 26) and according to official records of that time,...

  • Fort Cambridge Officers Quarters

    Fort Cambridge Officers Quarters

    Despite a contract signed 12 years ago with the then government and countless reminders and flowery promises in the press made by GAP Holdings since, the Fort Cambridge Officers Quarters continue to rot. Countless mysterious fires and a general...

  • Outrageous slaughter of birds

    I am a proud Scot living in Glasgow, but I am also generally very proud of my Maltese ancestry through my grandfather, born and brought up in St Paul’s Bay. The courage and steadfastness of the Maltese people through history is well documented,...

  • Hunting and trapping

    I agree with Frans Said’s letter ‘Hunting bias’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, October 19) about the chairman of the Ornis Committee, Mark Anthony Falzon. Falzon should have remained neutral on the hunting issue, but now that he has revealed his...

  • Malta’s illegal boathouses

    Let’s set one thing straight right from the start. Calling the shantytown structures, boathouses is a way to give them an air of legitimacy. They are not boathouses; they are illegal shantytowns. Successive governments have turned a blind eye to...

  • No justification

    If I do not pay my electricity bill, the authorities will do everything possible to remedy the situation. If I ‘steal’ electricity by hooking onto the national grid, the authorities, apart from taking me to court, will also send men with a pair of...

  • Memoirs of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca

    Ilkoll aħwa fi Kristu, written by Charles Buttigieg, recounts Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca’s memoirs. The book mentions the three Maltese candidates beatified by Pope John Paul II on May 9, 2001. I’d like to clarify that the exhumation of...

  • Waiting list for elderly homes

    In one of her articles, Justyne Caruana, the Parliamentary Secretary for the Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Aging, wrote the following: “Lest we forget, older people and professionals in the field of aging were for many years waiting...

  • Manners maketh man

    Good manners are essential in all aspects of life. While I was reading the editorial entitled ‘What happened to manners’ (October 28) I recalled the time I was a child in Australia when the local shopkeeper used to always remind us children to say...

  • Marsalforn still at risk

    Two years ago, almost to the day, I wrote about the danger posed by stormy seas to property on the unprotected Marsalforn seafront. The Minstry of Gozo responded almost immediately, with a promise that action was being taken to replace the ...

  • Brazilian press vs Dilma Rousseff

    Brazilian press vs Dilma Rousseff

    In the Brazil election, Dilma Rousseff did not win solely against her opponent Aecio Neves but against the totality of the powerful Brazilian press, which, throughout these 12 years, has taken every opportunity to expose what in its opinion went...

  • Exemplary, hard-working parish priest (1)

    I am trying desperately to recall my meeting with David Borg (‘A new parish priest needed’, October 28) as well as the conversation we had outlining my grievances towards our parish priest, Fr Kalċidon Vassallo. Dun Kalċ, as he is well known in...

  • Exemplary, hard-working parish priest (2)

    I refer to David Borg’s letter titled ‘A new parish priest needed’ (October 28). I have lived in Balzan for many years and I am sure that the parishioners of Balzan have great respect and appreciation for our present hard-working parish priest.

  • Time after time

    Time after time

    Many people were puzzled, while others had different ideas, last Sunday, when they looked at the clock above the gate leading to the President’s Palace and realised that there was an hour difference between their watches and this clock. Here it is...