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Letters

  • Worthy ex-judge

    With the retirement on pension of Lino Farrugia Sacco from the Bench, his impeachment saga can at last be laid to rest. Apart from the fact that the judge’s ill-advised conduct never merited impeachment, the issue was turned into a hot, partisan...

  • Crucifixion and challenges

    I refer to the challenge by Fr Joe Borg in The Sunday Times of Malta (August 24). He asked me on behalf of my audience (!) to name at least one person who “acted as part of a concerted conspiracy to ensnare the Church in a political quagmire”.

  • Lord’s warning

    A simple reminder of the Lord’s own words as a contribution to the current debate on ‘so-called’ Islamophobic homilies. Gospel of St John, chapter 16: “All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. They will put you out of the...

  • Refunds for home help

    I have the service of a home help for elderly people that is provided by the State. A stipulated amount of money is taken away from our pension for this purpose. When the service is not provided through no fault of ours, we elderly are entitled to...

  • Expensive ferry to Sicily

    Expensive ferry to Sicily

    A return ferry trip from Liverpool to the Isle of Man (distance 125 kilometres) for two adults and a car, in mid-September, travelling on the Steam Packet Company, would cost me €299.50. The exact same criteria but, this time, Liverpool to Dublin...

  • Urgent need for crossing

    Lately, my sister was involved in a bad accident and is still in hospital suffering from her injuries. A car ran into her while she was crossing the road near the Piazzetta, in Sliema. Several people cross the road at this spot, which is not very...

  • Faith of the Maltese is under attack

    I feel sorry for that vociferous minority that groans, grumbles and pontificates in offensive language against religious principles that the Maltese have believed and practised all their life. Their harangues are systematically directed against...

  • Festa marches under the hot sun

    Festa marches under the hot sun

    Lately, we again have been cautioned by the local Health Division to avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun between 11am and 4pm. The division further stressed the importance of keeping ourselves hydrated by drinking liquid regularly, particularly...

  • Hunting in the twilight

    Assuming the world is in total darkness before the official time the sun rises or sets, Peadar Farrell, August 18, sarcastically comments about Maltese hunters having “four hours of hunting in the darkness”. In fact, it does not take much to...

  • Local heroes

    I am helping Allan Stanistreet to compile his latest book More Heroes of the Albert Medal,for which he needs photographs and information on these four Malta winners of the Albert Medal: Giuseppi Zammit and Giovanni Bilocca, who were working on an...

  • Noisy yachts

    When are the local authorities going to take some action against yacht owners who leave their wire ropes hanging and making a lot of noise asa result. When the wire ropes areleft loose and there is theslightest wind, they bang against the metallic...

  • Risks to land and water

    The ‘count’ of Monte Cristo wrote a letter of apology to our dear father and by divine condescension this father welcomed him back in the fold. It bore fruit because the Head of State opened a show there. Recently, a very old carob tree from...

  • Voting with one’s head

    Josephine Vella (August 19) missed the point of the ‘logic vs emotion’ argument that I made in a recent television programme. I was referring to the thousands of people who used to vote for the Nationalist Party and who switched to Labour or...

  • No resit

    The government is giving schoolchildren who failed their exams another chance. Spare a though for us messengers. They sent for us, at the age of 55, to take an exam on which depended a promotion. Most of us did not pass for a few points. We did...

  • This is PN’s ‘moment of trust’

    This is PN’s ‘moment of trust’

    It is a fact that in recent years there has been a radical change in Maltese society. The rush to modernise appears to be unstoppable. Frank Psaila’s underlying premise (‘The right man for the job’, August 18) is that the Nationalist Party may win...

  • Why do we still work half days?

    It’s hot in Malta, which is one of the reasons many foreigners have chosen to live here. And what is often pleasant at this time of the year is to step inside a shop or an office where air-conditioning is running in order to enjoy a brief respite...

  • No way to compensate for power cuts

    I have followed the events surrounding the major power cuts that affected much of Malta with interest. My reason for writing is to share my own understandings of such incidents while I worked for British Telecommunications in the UK. Margaret...

  • The problem with subtitles

    Mark Anthony Falzon’s article ‘Jien jisimni Bond, James Bond’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 17) makes some interesting points on the perception of the Maltese regarding the dubbing and subtit­ling of films – processes that are part of...

  • Association funds

    With reference to my letter under the same heading published on August 9, I was informed that the two officials responsible have been forced to resign. It was also decided that, henceforth, dealings with hoteliers, restaurateurs, caterers and...

  • How to make Mass experience better

    How to make Mass experience better

    I refer to the article by Fr Joe Borg in The Sunday Times of Malta (August 17). I will refrain from entering into the fray of the Church leadership, which is known to be in disarray by most. I will, however, comment on the solutions behind making...

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