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Letters

  • No sweet home

    I empathise with Joe Messina (‘Early start’, June 1) because even my wife and I, both elderly, have been the victims of unwarranted so-called development that robbed us of the peace and quiet of our ground floor maisonette when two floors...

  • Cyclists’ duties

    My criticism of the evidence recently reported by the Bicycle Advocacy Group to support cycling as an alternative mode of local transport has had a positive outcome in Jim Wightman’s commendable piece ‘One way to beat traffic’ (May 18), which...

  • Serious doubts

    Recently, the leader of the Opposition made two very serious allegations. He said a single mother with three children, one of whom suffers from autism, had her social service benefits reduced from €600 to €370. The minister responsible for...

  • BOV museum

    Valletta houses a good number of museums for its size. Taking into account the V18 festivities, this is a feather in the cap. With the Valletta V18 foundation being responsible for the European Capital of Culture programme, it would be...

  • Faith and reason

    Joseph Caruana’s write-up in defence of science and reason was entitled ‘Faith: is there a clash?’ (May 24). Yes, there is. The irrationality of faith can never be reconciled with reason. Whenever attempts were made to reconcile faith with reason,...

  • Monument’s ideal location

    Monument’s ideal location

    On June 7, all Maltese say a prayer for those who lost their lives in the riots of 1919. In fact, we have a monument commemorating the victims of a tragic error. That monument should be given a prominent place and, in my opinion, the most suitable...

  • Dangerous political weapons

    Kevin Hodkin (June 25) exposes his misinformed Brexit views. He claims he voted against EU entry in 1973.  There was no referendum for British entry to the Common Market. Edward Health’s Conservative government got the country in and, in 1975,...

  • Authorised ‘abuse’

    Authorised ‘abuse’

    Some time ago, I wrote regarding the reserved bay for disabled persons near the Paola health centre. This bay is frequently occupied by vehicles belonging to doctors. The other day, I spoke to a policeman who was nearby and told him to ask the...

  • Lessons from Brexit

    The areas in the UK most affected by unrestrained migration, albeit far too late, have said enough. England itself had suffered from various types of migrants, many of whom never integrated and have no intention to. I am not averse to welcoming...

  • Inflection point

    In the aftermath of Britain’s historic referendum on EU membership, we may pause to reflect that April 22 was the inflection point in the campaign. The opinion polls until that date were projecting a Leave vote at 40 per cent… and then President...

  • Gozo Museum

    I refer to the article titled ‘Winning design for new Gozo Museum unveiled’ (June 23). The Ministry for Gozo would like to say that the final outcome of MGOZ T 7/2016 – Design Services of an Integrated Multi-Disciplinary Design Team for the Gozo...

  • The truth

    I refer to the article by Joseph Caruana titled “Faith: is there a clash?” (May 24). I agree with Mgr Joseph Farrugia that there is compatibility between faith and reason. This theory was also amply propagated by Jurgen Habermas and Pope Benedict...

  • No need to amputate

    No need to amputate

    After the British voted to leave the EU there have been political figures in Britain and the EU expressing their joy or fear (depending on the side they are on) that the EU will disintegrate. The immediate calls for similar referenda in the...

  • Studying in the UK

    The effect of Brexit on Maltese nationals studying or who want to study at a UK university is unlikely to be significant. Maltese students are valued and made welcome in the UK for there is a mutual understanding and cultural closeness derived...

  • National sovereignty

    With the majority of Britons voting to leave the European Union, those of us who form part of this Union and who believe in its values and advantages cannot but feel sad and disappointed. How more disappointing and humiliating one feels when one...

  • Planning ruling

    The Planning Authority has just issued the long-awaited development planning application report on the proposed development at Ħondoq. Apparently, it recommends refusal. All well and good. However, on June 30 (postponed from the 23rd), its board...

  • Failed leaders

    I couldn’t help wondering whether, in the wake of Brexit, Prime Minister David Cameron, will go down in history as the second failed UK prime minister in living memory, following the late Anthony Eden (Earl of Avon), who incidentally spent some...

  • Costly domino effect

    An increase in the minimum wage will have a domino effect on payment obligations due for revision in terms of contracts based on the minimum wage. A case in point are permanent, temporary and sub ground rents that are combined with the minimum...

  • There’s no change in status

    There’s no change in status

    It is to be stressed that the recent report by the Cambridge English Language Assessment Team on the state of the language in Malta does not in any way demote or diminish its importance in the local situation. The study recommends a new...

  • Where is the civic pride

    My wife and I visited Mdina, generally regarded as one of the jewels in Malta’s crown. As a regular visitor to Malta since the early 1970s I was appalled to see the amount of dog fouling left on the streets and, especially, outside the entrance to...

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