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Letters

  • Butchering our languages

    Foreign words in Maltese, these should be written in italics. They should never be ‘bastardised’ by transcribing phonetically into Maltese such as kejk instead of cake, trajfil for trifle or tijm for team. Hopefully, one might learn what the...

  • Cycling and mortality

    I refer to the letters by Jim Wightman and George Debono about cycling and safety on our roads (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 18). Debono labels Malta as “Destination death” even though we have one of the lowest road death rates in Europe.

  • Malta at Expo Milano 2015

    In Milan we are repeatedly reminded that there are less than 100 days left for the opening of Expo Milano 2015. Workmen are on the site in 24-hour shifts, and as usual, I am confident that the ‘Italian miracle’ will happen. Everything will be just...

  • Mikiel Anton Vassalli and education in Malta

    Mikiel Anton Vassalli and education in Malta

    In his contribution on elementary education in Malta during the early British period (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 25), Lino Bugeja briefly refers to instruction under the Knights and the French. Unfortunately, he fails to mention Maltese...

  • Opening of first elementary schools in Tarxien

    I refer to the interesting article by Lino Bugeja entitled ‘Elementary education in Malta during the early British period’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 25). According to E. B. Vella’s book L-Istorja ta’ Ħal Tarxien u Raħal Ġdid, the first...

  • Blatant exploitation

    I have been following the sad case of the Leisure Clothing saga. As a citizen, I feel I have to voice my deep concern and frustration at how such a factory can be allowed to operate practically with impunity. Even now, despite the obvious terrible...

  • No action by Sliema council

    I refer to the article entitled ‘Illegalities in Sliema’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 18). I was shocked by the fact that the Sliema council seems to be preoccupied with certain irregularities while completely ignoring the problem of...

  • Whose pockets are filled?

    Speaking during the energy debate in Parliament, the Prime Minister stated that “the concrete results were being felt in people’s pockets”. However, a few weeks ago, the President asked for urgent steps to reduce poverty among families and the NSO...

  • A needed change in retailing

    There used to be a time when the local small grocer (mini-market?), pharmacy, news vendor/stationer and similar were places where, even early in the morning, you could pop in, be served, pay and be out often in a matter of minutes. Now no longer...

  • Beware visa applications

    I submitted an application for an entry visa to the UK at the end of October through the supposedly new ‘streamlined’ system, which is now in place. By the end of December, I still had not had my passport returned. After sending a series of...

  • Pecuniary comparisons

    With reference to the poor struggling MPs trying to get by in these hard times, perhaps the same self-appointed commission could also recommend a 90 per cent increase to a working man’s wage and to his pension (and I don’t mean uncapped)...

  • Funds for road repairs

    Funds for road repairs

    The traffic expert told us that not enough funds are being provided for road repairs. Too much money, materials, labour and manpower is being used up for such shoddy work. Who would want to provide Transport Malta with more funds to be squandered?

  • My sister Jane Eyre

    It was very interesting reading about the Brontë sisters and Haworth as I revisited the village last June. We used to live quite near before I left home. It was very amusing because I went with my sister, Jane Eyre, and after she signed...

  • Frustrating traffic signs

    The ‘Valletta Only’ sign near the Msida roundabout has slowed down traffic and is a nuisance to cars proceeding to Gżira and Sliema. This sign had already been put up not so long ago and the result was a miserable failure. So one wonders why it...

  • Airport tax

    A couple of weeks ago, leaving Malta for Rome on my way to Brazil, I left my mobile phone at the airport, presumably in the security area. The authorities, without my asking, traced my relatives in Malta and informed them about my phone. When ...

  • Spirit of resilience

    Spirit of resilience

    In Malta, poverty is an endemic problem. The editor of this newspaper also doubted whether poverty will ever be eradicated (January 22). Those born in the late 1920s and early 1930s were born in poverty and lived in poverty. There was no shame then.

  • Limited scholarship

    I am reading for a Masters degree by correspondence with a foreign university. I have applied for, and been granted, a Master It scholarship. My tuition fees were over €7,000, but albeit my Mastersis a full-time, one-year course, I have only...

  • Reigns and massacres

    I lived through the war. I was a young lad then. We had not heard of the Nazi atrocities until the war was won by the Allies. We need to recall those unbelievable atrocities committed at the Nazi camps and it would be better if we pray for...

  • Choose better street names

    It seems the street naming committee like to dig out buried words and give them a new life by using them as street names. I suggest that before doing this they should make sure the words they choose are attractive and easy to pronounce. For...

  • More concrete and more cars

    Here in Marsascala we have received notification from the Malta Environment and Planning Authority that yet another attractive stone two-storey house is to be demolished to make way for a block of nine apartments. It is one of the few remaining...