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Letters

  • Honesty in high places

    Life is full of surprises, not always welcome! Former prime minister Lawrence Gonzi has admitted being caught by surprise by the revelations that two former Nationalist ministers held undeclared overseas accounts. Not very long ago, we were...

  • Remove Church cobwebs

    Remove Church cobwebs

    I am confident our new Archbishop has what it takes to spring clean the Church of its cobwebs. Mgr Charles Scicluna should begin by compensating those abused by the clergy. Why should those poor chaps be made to go through hell to get what they...

  • Solidarity with lawyer

    I would like to express my solidarity with Tonio Azzopardi and my admiration toward Magistrate Marseann Farrugia (‘Jailed for assaulting his mother’s lawyer’, February 27) over the assault suffered by the former and the just punishment meted out...

  • The Papal Nuncio

    During a press conference that was held at the Curia, Apostolic Nuncio Aldo Cavalli read to the public the nomination of Mgr Charles Scicluna as the next Archbishop of Malta. This announcement was made by the Papal Nuncio precisely because it was...

  • Football at Mater Dei

    Would Go and Melita consider coming to an agreement whereby patients at Mater Dei Hospital would be in a position to access football matches which are exclusive to Go? Contrary to everyone else, patients have no choice and, therefore, this would...

  • Economic performance

    Lately, on being offered a drink in official surroundings, instead of the usual “Evviva”, I felt like uttering “troika” in the wake of the three simultaneous glowing reports on our economic performance from the trio of international...

  • Photo shoot in a church

    Recently, a TV station aired a fashion photo shoot in a church. Guided by God’s Word and the teaching of the Catholic Church, my conscience tells me that I must speak the truth. The church building can never be used as a studio or venue for...

  • A good way to make amends

    Recent revelations on large undeclared sums of money held by two former ministers abroad have led one of them to issue a public apology. Hopefully, the other one will shortly follow suit. May I humbly suggest that any of them wishing to add flesh...

  • Stand up to bullying

    Stand up to bullying

    February 27 was International Stand Up to Bullying Day. We did not hear much about this important celebration reminding us of an obnoxious activity which takes place all the time. Bullying happens everywhere, in all social contexts and at all...

  • Make political deceit a crime

    The editorial titled ‘Politics and morality: edgy affair’, states: “Politicians may not be morally worse than the rest of us but since, if elected, they become representatives of the people, they are then expected to act correctly all the time”...

  • Local council meeting cancelled

    Last week, the Tarxien local council was supposed to hold its monthly meeting for February as stipulated by the Local Councils Act. In view of the fact that the mayor was indisposed, the meeting should have been presided over by the deputy mayor,...

  • Maltese at their best

    During our holiday on Malta last week, I had occasion to seek medical attention. Although I was only at the Saint James’s clinic for a few hours the care I received from the medical and nursing staff was highly professional, kind and...

  • Deaf treated like pariahs

    A couple of days ago, I was helping out our profoundly deaf daughter to renew her car insurance, in the light of her obtaining a new (to her) vehicle. Since a change in insurance agencies was recommended by the brokers, she was asked to provide a...

  • ODZ, the buzzword

    ODZ, the buzzword

    I hold no brief for Patrick Dalli, whom I only know slightly as a budding artist, but I do not think that his case is made any worse by the fact that his controversial farmhouse is Outside Development Zone. Actually farmhouses cannot be built in a...

  • A new and unfair tax

    I recently received a text message from my phone service provider to tell me that as from March 1, a four per cent tax was to be reintroduced on pay-as-you-go top-ups. This same tax was ridiculed by the Labour Party as unfair when they were in...

  • Sale of garages and leases

    The recent announcement of the sale of about 2,000 government-owned garages is a step in the right direction. Isn’t it opportune to also sell the so-called perpetual but revisable leases which were inherited from Church properties? The vast...

  • Catching up

    Go has a service called appropriately ‘Catch Up’. This service provides the possibility to watch TV programmes you might have missed. Recently Go decided, without any clarification to its customers, to reduce considerably the number of channels...

  • Road ‘craters’ pose hazard

    Birżebbuġa Road, in Safi is in a disastrous condition. There are potholes all over the road, including a trench dug up by a farmer to collect rain water. This trench has been transformed into a ‘crater’ owing to the rain and cars running over...

  • What Swiss Leaks show...

    The recent Swiss Leaks, which have demonstrated that a number of prominent individuals were not declaring all their assets and, therefore, were evading tax, was the cloud. However, even this cloud has its silver lining. In fact, we can now confirm...

  • A bishop must respect his priests

    A bishop must respect his priests

    Like the rest of the island, I received the news of Bishop Charles Scicluna being appointed Archbishop of Malta – leaked in the press – with respect. In principle, he has the qualities needed for such a noble mission. However, I would like to make...