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Letters

  • Maltese clergy

    A correspondent from Australia recently criticised the social level of the Maltese clergy – meaning that they lead an extravagant type of life. Nothing is further from the truth. I have been living abroad for the last 30 years or so, and I can say...

  • Thank you

    Recently I had to visit the A&E department at Mater Dei Hospital for medical reasons. I was impressed by the dedication of the staff who carried out all the necessary tests untilthey were satisfied with their diagnoses. Therefore I felt it was my...

  • Sustainability of the euro

    Sustainability of the euro

    I refer to Lawrence Zammit’s article ‘Bashing the euro again’ (October 21). The whole euro project was fraught with problems from the outset. A one-size-fits-all currency was totally inappropriate given the differing rates of growth of the EU...

  • Preaching to the converted

    Gozo Citadel’s new ‘little theatre’ It-Teatru, opening at the weekend (October 22-23) with a specially written play by a local author was an astounding success. Although small in number all seats were booked more than two weeks in advance and...

  • Youths and alcohol intake

    Youths and alcohol intake

    I refer to the feature (June 21) on hospitalisation statistics due to excessive alcohol intake. The National Alcohol Policy recently launched for public consultation is a massive step forward and I hope that the proposals contained in it are...

  • Football results

    In his letter ‘The Maltese team’ (October 21), Paul Brincau gives the impression that we should be happy that Malta does not get beaten in double figures anymore. I too love our national team and followed it for years and feel hurt when we lose...

  • Increase in hotel beds

    The Tourism Minister announced in Parliament that 900 more beds have been approved in hotels. One has to consider the impact of this increase. Hoteliers and restaurant owners are presently experiencing great challenges regarding workforce...

  • Hypothetical

    Allow me to refer to the letter ‘Fine-tuning’ by Roger Mifsud (October 19), which said that: “Simon Busuttil is saying that it is only ‘if risk assessment studies showed there was the slightest danger [that] a future Nationalist government would...

  • Master plan for all localities

    When the Planning Authority launched a master plan for Paceville last month, it was stated that “Paceville is changing from a series of individual developments into a coordinated framework for the whole area”. It is not only Paceville that needs a...

  • Faith and reason

    I am not going to take on John Guillaumier’s scholarly treatise. By now, he is already an acknowledged prolific writer and atheist militant but nobody can force conviction on the prejudiced or the foolish. Thus, it is a waste of time to argue with...

  • A saint for the greens

    I had written a short letter in which I suggested that St George should be proclaimed the patron saint for ecology (May 16, 2009). I was more than amused when I read Archbishop Charles Scicluna’s homily which he delivered at the parish church of...

  • Thorough study on Citadel

    Thorough study on Citadel

    I recently visited the Citadel in Gozo for the first time after its recent restoration. It was indeed an exhilarating experience. The restoration work is of very high standard and has breathed new life into this small walled city while retaining...

  • St Julian’s master plan

    I see from the Times of Malta that there is now a master plan for St Julian’s. However the pictures shown seem to raise awkward questions rather than offer hope of a sensible plan/scheme. I have yet to see an overall plan and without a proper plan...

  • I wonder

    I wonder. In his interminable and desperate excoriation of the new gas power station, has Simon Busuttil ever bothered to visit the plant to see for himself what is going on there and how the taxpayers’ money is being spent? Surely, he has a duty...

  • Appointment to wait

    I had an appointment at the Gżira clinic on October 11 at 11am. One is expected to be in time, get to the respective section, sit down and wait to be called. None of this happened. I arrived at 10.40 and was surprised when informed I had to join...

  • Doctors’ ethical standards

    Doctors’ ethical standards

    I refer to the article on the morning-after pill (October 14) and I must correct any wrongideas gathered by the journalist who asked for my opinion. I have been approached by members of my association who, like me, felt uncomfortable withthe...

  • Two weights, two measures

    Allow me to remind Prime Minister Joseph Muscat that it is highly unethical to have chosen a well-known Mintoffian (such as former judge Philip Sciberras), as one of the trio supposed to ‘investigate’ Beppe Fenech Adami who, as a lawyer, was...

  • The bus system

    Thank heavens we have made some progress through the Autobus de Leon people. However I still have some propositions. Our language happens to be Maltese in the first instance, at least where toponymy is concerned. Our intellectual and expert people...

  • Leader’s ploy

    When the leader of the Opposition had said that he had been “informed” that Finance Minister Edward Scicluna would be including a further reduction in water and electricity tariffs in the Budget, I was convinced this was just a ploy to make people...

  • Fading ‘Iron Lady’

    Fading ‘Iron Lady’

    In her decade in office, the ‘Iron Lady’ of Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel, repeatedly won elections with the simple motto: trust me. But now, even her own party faithful, her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), wonder how much of that...

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