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Letters

  • Top players mainly foreign

    The Times of Malta’s selection of the best players for the weekend of September 20-21 included only three Maltese players, all hailing from Valletta FC. Such a situation is, in my opinion, very disturbing. Does it underline the dearth of local...

  • Divisive proposal

    Why did the leader of the Opposition decide to spoil the unity which the whole Maltese population had witnessed for the first time after five decades by insisting that only Independence Day should be regarded as Malta’s national day? Surely, he...

  • More buses

    According to timesofmalta.com, Transport Malta will organise hourly direct bus services to the Malta International Airshow today and tomorrow. Hourly services? Does Transport Malta really, seriously want to persuade show-goers to use its direct...

  • No passage

    Recently, it was pointed out in this newspaper that a large van was blocking a lane off the Mrieħel bypass. On another morning, various vans, trucks and buses were blocking the inner lane from the Waterfront Hotel to the Sliema Strand, including a...

  • Contrasts

    Markit, a company specialising in providing financial information mainly through its Purchasing Managers’ Index, forecasts the eurozone’s growth for this current quarter about to end at 0.3 per cent. But for Malta? Over eight times as much.

  • Proposal for Gozo airfield

    Proposal for Gozo airfield

    The item on the proposed fixed-wing airfield in Gozo has started a rush of e-mails between supporters of the project. It is good news that the Water Services Corporation’s plans to renew the outfall sewer will take into account the possibility of...

  • Hunting ban was only way

    The suspension of the hunting season is being widely interpreted as a ploy to influence MEPs who will have to decide whether Karmenu Vella is fit to be the EU’s environment commissioner. The ban is, however, significant on another level. The...

  • Parish priest

    We refer to the piece (September 24) where it was reported that some Marsa parishioners have asked for the removal of the present parish priest. We would joyfully have him back in San Ġwann. Their loss will be our gain. There is an old expression...

  • Bedding for SPCA animals

    I am a lover of animals and have helped the animal welfare society, SPCA, since I came to live in Malta 21 years ago through fundraising, attending functions and collecting newspapers which are used, I understand, as bedding for the animals. I...

  • Żejtun residents on watch

    I have lived in Żejtun these past seven years and, although it has its problems, I can say that everyone here keeps a close eye on things. Neighbours will question callers to our home and we, in turn, keep a lookout for them. My friends from the...

  • Where was TVM?

    Where was TVM?

    Where was TVM on the eve of Independence Day? We senior citizens and all those who are at the moment infirm could not attend the celebrations in person. We therefore expected TVM to show us some of the activities at Grand Harbour. To add insult to...

  • A secular dream

    Last night, I had a dream where China invaded Palestine, imposed zero tolerance on religions and established the multi-national State of Palestine where Arabs and Jews started to live together in a secular State, free from the yoke of...

  • Perils of new ODZ policies

    Taking care of the natural environment is not only for the romantics. It increases our tourism potential. It is our heritage too and adds to our quality of life. It is free to be enjoyed by all, poor and rich. The natural beauty of Gozo is...

  • Tax rate on dividends

    I refer to the last Budget adjustments for tax computation. People using the married tax rates who had an income of less than €28,700 in 2013, excluding any dividends they received, can only declare that amount of dividend, which, when it is added...

  • A taste of Shakespeare on the radio

    My acquaintance with Shakespeare was brief and superficial. Apart from a glance or two in Palgrave at his Sonnets and watching Laurence Olivier in Hamlet, any deeper analysis of the Bard’s work was impossible. I was too busy studying other...

  • Another 50th anniversary

    Another 50th anniversary

    This month, Malta is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone at the main campus of the University of Malta in Msida (known as Tal-Qroqq). It was laid on September 22, 1964 by Duncan Sandys, the then Commonwealth...

  • Bylaws action

    I refer to the article ‘Wait for political direction stalling cabby bylaw’ (September 20) We would like to clarify that since all members present for a waste stakeholders’ consultative meeting held recently felt it was time to consider a...

  • Quality centre for creativity

    I refer to the letter by Joseph Muscat, published on September 19, entitled ‘A disappointing night at the opera’. Allow me to tackle his remarks separately. With regard to air conditioning, unfortunately, the system at St James Cavalier Centre for...

  • Federation cannot control the hunters (1)

    The very wise decision of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to bring to a premature end the present hunting season has brought into the open the political power of the hunting fraternity. They statement that they will no longer continue to support the...

  • Federation cannot control the hunters (2)

    I have been living in Malta for nine years. Without fail, every spring and autumn hunting season results in the death of many species of protected birds. May I emphasis the word ‘protected’. Most of the hunters who are responsible for the death of...

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