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Letters

  • A fresh look at an old debate

    In the past years it seems marijuana has stolen the headlines using its shock factor as a taboo substance to engulf people’s attention. With the proposed decriminalisation for first-time offenders teenagers all over the island are now able to...

  • Breastfeeding is best

    A lot is being said about breastfeeding; some argue that breast is best, others say it doesn’t matter that much. Looking back in history, mothers were bound by their biology to nurture their offspring, but today they have a choice to make. Formula...

  • Europe’s Environment Commissioner

    Congratulations are obviously due to our Maltese politician who will be responsible for protecting the European environment. This was undoubtedly an excellent choice, as our experience in environmental conservation has been the envy of all Europe.

  • King’s Own Malta Regiment

    King’s Own Malta Regiment

    Further to Denis Darmanin’s informative reference to various regimental titles of the King’s Own Malta Regiment (The Sunday Times of Malta, September 21), I would like to point out another pattern, which although mentioned briefly in his article,...

  • Texting while driving

    It has been reported that in the UK there was an increase in traffic accidents caused by drivers using their mobile phones for talking or texting while driving, five per cent of which were fatal. I presume that everyone knows (at least all drivers...

  • God knows what He’s doing

    In a letter in The Sunday Times of Malta (September 21), John Guillaumier informs us: “When a species becomes extinct, it will never come into being again. It will vanish forever like an exploding star.” So it will, Mr Guillaumier, so it will. If...

  • Diversity: inferior or superior?

    It would be a mistake to confuse diversity with superiority. We would never appreciate the differences between us unless we fully understand the meaning of diversity. I would define diversity as the exploration of our differences in a safe and...

  • Gozo totally forgotten

    Independence Day came and went. In Gozo, flags could be seen on roofs, we sang the national anthem after Mass and lit up the facades of our churches. In a nutshell, we did our part, but surprisingly nothing was done by the authorities so that we...

  • He’s getting away with it

    With reference to the story that appeared a few weeks ago, ‘Waterproofing pair back on scene’ it seems that this man (and his father) can get away with everything. As one of the first consumers who were bitten in this case and having won my case...

  • Kindness to tourists

    We have just returned to England after spending a two-week holiday at The Intercontinental Hotel in St George’s Bay. While we were there a member of staff told us about the 50th Independence Day celebrations which were taking place in Valletta ...

  • The wrong religious order

    In his article on the Maltese child migrants to Australia (‘The Child Migrants’ Saga’, September 25), Louis Cilia says that the largest number of them were placed in institutions run by the De La Salle Brothers. In fact, however, these...

  • Choosing between Malta and Singapore

    I thought that Jeff Twitchell-Waas made some very fair points in his letter of September 30 (‘Comparing Malta with Singapore’). But he misinterprets what I said in my own article when he accuses me of “gratuitously wind[ing] up by damning...

  • Maltese for Notte Bianca

    Maltese for Notte Bianca

    So it’s Notte Bianca once again! Is it the seventh or the eight edition? Whatever the answer, the powers-that-be, despite the expert advice being given year in and year out by so many who have so much at heart the language of their country,...

  • Independence TV coverage

    I refer to the letter ‘Where was TVM?’ (September 26). Due to unforeseen logistical circumstances, which TVM had no control over, the scheduled broadcast of the activities in a delayed format organised on Independence Day was not possible. It was...

  • Delayed broadcast

    I fully endorse what Carmel Sammut from Mosta (September 25) wrote about the coverage of the celebrations held to mark the 50th anniversary of our island’s independence. I thought this was a celebration for all the population but it seems that ...

  • Lucky joggers

    I would like to thank the two individuals who were out jogging on Sunday evening at about 7.30 near Falcontrans, in Marsa. They were taking up about 1.5 metres (jogging next to each other rather than in front of the other) of a four-metre wide...

  • Provost House

    Does any reader remember Provost House, which was the headquarters of the Military Provost Staff Corps and the Royal Military Police or ‘Red Caps’? The building was situated in St Sebastian Street, Valletta, on the fortifications opposite...

  • A growing concern

    A growing concern

    A peaceful demonstration took place in Valletta. There was no violence, no racist chants and no threats. These brave souls dedicated some of their precious Sunday time to voice a national concern which is undoubtedly shared by the vast majority of...

  • Church music

    My appreciation of organ music goes back to my childhood times when I used to form part of the Mosta church choir, singing and watching the organist handling the grand organ. For the titular feast, the balcony was extended to accommodate the...

  • Labour true to its word

    I refer to my letter – ‘Labour Party and Golden Jubilee of independence’ (October 9, 2011) – and to a reply by the then director of communications of the Labour Party, Kurt Farrugia – ‘Labour and independence’ (October 23, 2011). I had ...

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