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Letters

  • Cards’ late delivery

    I refer to the letter ‘So hard to get a Tallinja card’ (July 28). Malta Public Transport has looked into the case and noted that, although the card was registered as soon as the system started at the end of April, for some reason it was not...

  • Snail mail bill penalty

    I refer to recent correspondence and also an item in On the Dot regarding charges being made to customers by Melita for not receiving bills by e-mail and for not paying their bills by direct debit. The action being taken by Melita mainly hits the...

  • Way to go, Shakespeare

    Many blue moons ago, I yawned my way through my tutor’s enthusiasm for William Shakespeare and I have given the author a wide berth ever since. That’s how it was until wild horses in the guise of my wife and our son dragged me to San Anton Gardens...

  • Hideous project

    Hideous project

    Congratulations are due to the Malta Film Commission for securing another lucrative deal providing location and services to the international film industry. I believe that once the filming of The Thunderbirds is finished, the Maritime Squadron...

  • Don’t ruin Fomm ir-Riħ

    I appeal to Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis not to accept the proposal made by MP Etienne Grech to create better access to the tiny picturesque bay at Fomm ir-Riħ. This lovely and uniquely picturesque bay, with its tiny beach, is one of the...

  • Abortion is murder

    I notice that abortion is rearing its ugly head in Malta, with anonymous people calling for freedom of choice for women in this matter. Perhaps it might be worth recalling an event that occurred in the USA some months ago. It appears that a man...

  • Jew rescuing Christians

    A 95-year-old Jew of the Holocaust has set up a fund and also an escape route, through Jewish networking, to assist oppressed Christians living in territory held by the IS, especially in biblical cities in Iraq and Syria, such as Mosul and...

  • ‘Foul’ property acquisitions

    According to a report in the Times of Malta of July 28, the Labour Party is crying foul over the acquisition of property that belongs to HSBC. The PN has been crying itself hoarse over the numerous properties the Labour Party acquired through the...

  • Siege of the Maltese language

    I have followed with interest the articles, letters and opinion pieces in various newspapers. To me it appears that the changes to the Maltese language, which the Kunsill Nazzjonali ta’ l-Ilsien Malti has imposed, have impoverished the...

  • A lesson for some of us

    Maria Grazia is an Italian woman who lives in the outskirts of Catania, in Sicily. When she sees the African refugees in her area, she is full of pity for them and says that she would like, if it were possible, to take them home to give them food...

  • Memories of Lascaris War Rooms

    Memories of Lascaris War Rooms

    I was very glad to know that Anne Rossi, a former plotter at the Lascaris War Rooms, is still alive (July 21). To be honest, at over 90 years of age myself, it is difficult to remember the face, though I have a good idea of the name and of her...

  • Church’s archaic structure is a problem

    I read Martin Scicluna’s excellent overview of some of the papacy’s intriguing vicissitudes over the centuries and his comments on the apparent rift in the Church regarding the administration of the Eucharist to divorcees who remarry. Cardinal...

  • Is the khat plant a cultural weed?

    Is the khat plant a cultural weed?

    I refer to ‘Questions on khat plant in drug reform’ (July 31). Khat (Somali qaat or jaad; Ethiopian chat) is a flowering plant native to tropical east Africa and the Arabian peninsula. It contains the alkaloid cathinone, an amphetamine-like...

  • No ‘schism’ in the Church

    It seems that columnist Martin Scicluna’s idea of the Vatican and the Church is all based on the political model of the secular world. In certain things regarding administration it perhaps is, however, when it comes to announcing the truth of the...

  • People spaces

    A letter of complaint about pavement activity on crowded sections along Sliema Strand (‘Slalom in Sliema’, July 29) drew many website comments which make very disappointing reading. There were demands that the pavement should be cleared, that...

  • Flaws in PV panel scheme

    Flaws in PV panel scheme

    The government rebates on photovoltaic panels is a step in the right direction for eco-friendly generation of power, something I consider but have reservations about. A superficial surf of the web highlights some issues. A major flaw in the past...

  • History lesson

    On the recent spike in allegations of corruption and other ill-doings within the government service, and considering that the Prime Minister was reported saying, quite rightly, that he would not be pleased if his party or government were...

  • Cats at risk

    A short, peaceful break in Gozo was abruptly disturbed upon reading in the Times of Malta of July 28 that home staff and residents of St Vincent de Paul home were forbidden to feed the poor stray cats and kittens that roam the grounds. This...

  • Marathon of marathons

    Practically every weekend, on some TV station or other (or on all at one go) a marathon is held to collect funds in aid of some needy cause. Sometimes it’s the Community Chest Fund, Dar tal-Providenza, Oħloq Tbissima, Puttinu Cares and...

  • Classes in French

    I refer to the letter from Marthese Spiteri, ‘Qualifications framework’, on July 14, incidentally the National Day of France. It is a pleasure to read about her interest in furthering her knowledge and proficiency of the French language. French is...