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Letters

  • Long-term appointment

    On February 5, I was preparing to go to Mater Dei Hospital for my appointment as I had been diagnosed with advanced arthritis in November 2016. Before phoning for a taxi, my wife gave a look at the Mater Dei appointment notice, only to realise...

  • Food in hospitals

    Wilfrid Storace-Rutter (‘Hospital menu’, February 6) is completely right in his assessment of hospital gluten-free food. I have a wheat allergy, which, for their own convenience, the hospital nutritionists all translate as celiac, which I am not.

  • Oops, they did it again

    Oops, they did it again

    The mantra of Transport Malta should be, among other things, to ease traffic wherever possible. Instead, they do the complete opposite and create bedlam with their ‘’new ideas’’. The short red pylons that were erected in Gżira, from near the A1...

  • Party in despair

    When Daphne Caruana Galizia posted her story about Chris Cardona – quoting a mysterious “source” – I recalled Lawrence Gonzi’s prophetic words: “Nothing happens by chance” (my translation). In fact, the timing of the story reeks to high heaven: on...

  • Fatality waiting to happen

    Fatality waiting to happen

    As Swatar and Tal-Qroqq are divided by the Birkirkara bypass, I feel it necessary to raise the issue of this dangerous crossing used by university students and residents of Swatar alike. Despite several warning signs advising to use the underpass,...

  • Populist wave

    There is nothing new about the growing tide of populism across the world. It has happened before. An axis of populism led us into World War II. We now face the same threat from disparate but privileged members of the upper classes who realise that...

  • Don’t spill the beans

    Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela said he had given a “severe warning” to the CEO of the Agency for the Welfare of Asylum Seekers, Joe Baldacchino in the wake of the job creation ‘scandal’. He said he did not know anything about the subject. It...

  • Site of St Paul’s shipwreck

    Site of St Paul’s shipwreck

    I wonder if Frans Said (‘Falsities about the shipwreck’, February 12) actually read my article properly before writing his critique. Nowhere did I mention the discovery of a Roman anchor. At the end of the article, the editor’s note correctly...

  • ‘Worth any price’

    Napoleon Bonaparte once said that conquering Malta was “worth any price”. Our ancestors made sure it was worth any price as well, to defend our island and our faith, as Maltese men, women and children fought side by side with the Knights of St...

  • Unfair treatment of Sai Mizzi

    Once again the Nationalist Party media has revived its campaign against Konrad Mizzi’s wife, Sai Mizzi, just because she has been retained in her post until a replacement is found. They keep repeating that Sai Mizzi is being paid to do nothing,...

  • The real founder of La Stella musical band of Gozo

    I read Geoffrey Attard’s brief review of Michael Said’s pamphlet entitled Il-Perit Pietru Attard, who is referred to as the founder of La Stella Band of Gozo. (Escape, The Sunday Times of Malta, February 12). Architect Pietro Attard was not the...

  • Social security pensions

    At a recent pensions’ forum, the minister responsible for social security concluded with the same old sick joke, namely that pensions can only be significantly improved when the economy permits such an indulgence. He must have been unaware that...

  • Waiting in a ditch

    Since Autobuses de Leon took over from Arriva, I dread taking a bus from Valletta to St Julian’s because I don’t like waiting for the bus at the bottom of a ditch, especially after dark or in the cold. To make it worse, the buses from Valletta to...

  • Employment in Gozo

    Employment in Gozo

    It seems everyone is satisfied with the current employment situation in Gozo. Before the election, the General Workers’ Union, which claims to always put the interests of the workers first, rightly complained about precarious work that was already...

  • Online museum

    I have long campaigned for a transport museum in Malta. A few years ago I corresponded with various European transport museums and the European Transport Museums Alliance (ETMA) was set up. Since a transport museum in Malta still has not been...

  • Points to ponder

    Points to ponder

    This year’s transmission on NET TV of the liturgical celebration commemorating St Paul’s Shipwreck from the Valletta collegiate parish church will remain imprinted in my memory for two reasons. The first was the excellent and dramatic rendering of...

  • Licence to lie

    I refer to the opinion ‘Hitler did nothing wrong’ by Christopher Attard (February 13.) Did the correspondent ever read the little novel Biederman and the arsonists, by the late Swiss author Max Frisch? It describes a ridiculous and inferior...

  • Where to go?

    Is there an efficient someone at Go plc, my IT provider, to help a now desperate octogenarian? On January 19, I received a first mail delivery report that my e-mails to a btinternet.com address were being bounced back with information I was on a...

  • Trump’s laws

    If Donald Trump considered that, since the 1980s, the US has opened its doors to three million refugees and not even one of them had anything to do with terrorism, he wouldn’t have come up with his senseless immigration ban. But, like him or...

  • Great leaders

    Last Wednesday, Louis Conzalez, from Mexico, while passing some comments in Quora Digest, about the way President Donald Trump does politics, concluded his article thus: “Great leaders unite their people. Destructive people divide...

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