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Letters

  • Honest government

    In the light of current happenings at the Ministry of Finance, here is an interesting excerpt from Philippe Legrain’s book European Spring, published barely three months ago: “... a good reason… to keep governments honest... for example, by...

  • Gratitude

    Let’s make sure that we do everything possible to help Libya once again. So they can show their gratitude towards us and Europe by turning a blind eye and allowing thousands of migrants to leave, dumping them on us.

  • Commercial representative

    There has been some confusion regarding Sai Mizzi’s employment in China. Weight was given to the fact that she was being paid as much as or even more than an ambassador. Why is her employment being compared to an ambassadorial appointment?...

  • That culture of caring

    I have just returned from a two-week holiday in Italy, visiting the art treasures in Rome, Florence and Venice and the spiritual centres of Assisi and Padova. Being a person with special needs, I found much valuable help from both MIA personnel...

  • Who is responsible?

    Who is responsible?

    The road network is fast crumbling. Potholes and uneven tarmac are the order of the day. Maintenance is practically non-existent. Where are the promised gangs of maintenance teams that had to patch up Malta’s roads? Do they exist? Is there an...

  • Positive action

    The proposal by the Labour government to postpone local council elections by five years is wrong and sets a dangerous precedent. It should not go unchallenged. The Nationalist Party should respond to this democratic defiance by doing what the...

  • Poorest of the poor

    I would like to thank the Mission Fund of Mosta for the financial help they have given me towards the running of Lady Graham Maternity Hospital in Hyderabad, Pakistan. At this hospital we help very sick and poor people from far and near and we...

  • Bus route 222 to nowhere

    This route has become a joke. Notwithstanding that the bus should run every 30 minutes, my daughter stood on bus stop Mwieżeb in Triq il-Mosta, St Paul’s Bay, in the direction of Sliema, from 7.15pm to 8.30pm last Thursday and not even one bus...

  • The way of the motor car

    An article published by Times of Malta and pretentiously entitled ‘Gendered mobility’ has the insufferable cheek to somehow link feminism and car use, piously complaining that “[women] own fewer cars, are dependent on public transport and travel...

  • Pavement obstruction

    Those walking along the upper seafront at Ta’ Xbiex Terrace are unable to use the pavement, from the point opposite Villa Brigadoon to the Italian ambassador’s residence, because it is always occupied by people on deckchairs, mostly on Saturdays...

  • Complaints backlog

    I have just read the article entitled ‘Resident loses right to appeal San Ġwann development’ (July 26). I have been complaining to Mepa for five years about illegally-built garages now spewing exhaust fumes through open windows right opposite our...

  • Playing politics

    The leader of the Opposition was making it very obvious that he and his party were using the unfortunate abduction in Libya of a fellow Maltese citizen – Martin Galea – to try to score a few political points. During the parliamentary debate on the...

  • Swift action appreciated

    In a personal capacity, can I publicly thank Transport Malta for seeing to the spalling near a manhole adjacent to the old WSC building on Luqa hill. This was causing cyclists to have to deviate away from the kerb and some spalling damage is not...

  • Broadcasters

    In jest, I wish to tempt readers to contradict this statement. The most favoured word by our local broadcasters, in and out of context, is “propju”.

  • Groundless accusations

    Groundless accusations

    I refer to the letter (July 26) which said that “Russia’s involvement [in the July 17 tragedy of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17] is unmistakable”. This makes one wonder: does this gentleman have his own reliable sources which allow him to make such...

  • Whither PN?

    Mario de Marco’s article on war and peace must have provoked much thought but left one with little added hope for the futureof mankind. As a senior politician and a deputy leader of the Nationalist Party, de Marco’s pessimistic outlook seems at...

  • Ombudsman at work

    In the wake of the Ombudsman’s recently-forged alliance with Times of Malta, we are now regularly regaled with accounts of his endeavours and exploits. In a recent report, readers were informed that the Ombudsman was not insensitive to a complaint...

  • Shakespeare comes to life

    Shakespeare comes to life

    As a foreigner living on this small island of Malta, I had not expected such a great performance of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice at San Anton Gardens by a group of ‘amateur’ actors (MADC) and their director, Joe Friggieri. The...

  • Non-taxable perks for high-flyers

    There was a time when high-salaried high-flyers cooked up a chummy contract with the private company employing them to come up with a financial package consisting of a salary and perks. It was common for the salary to be a mere third of the...

  • Hunters’ federation ‘logic’

    The hunting federation’s latest low is accusing a few Birdlife youngsters of being in possession of illegal birds just because they appeared in a photograph holding birds that hunters had shot down, Birdlife’s message being, as always, the better...