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Letters

  • Our dirty roads

    Our dirty roads

    I take my daily exercise walk in a still preserved countryside in the San Ġwann/Birkirkara area in the vain hope that I can still breathe some fresh air and enjoy nature. The path of my walk, unfortunately, comprises a long stretch of tarmac which...

  • Letters in a newspaper signify direct participation

    The correspondence columns of newspapers are very popular with readers. People from all walks of life write letters to the editor and foreign visitors often express appreciation of Malta, stressing our hospitality and friendliness. Thus newspapers...

  • Thank you Air Malta

    Missing a flight due to huge traffic from Disneyland Paris to Orly (stuck for more than three hours) is a nightmare. Notwithstanding this, I have to acknowledge the superb customer service offered by Air Malta on December 14 when I phoned their...

  • Drug addiction is a sickness

    Are gamblers, alcoholics and cigarette smokers sent to prison because of their habits? The answer is no. Then why does a drug addict, who is committing a slow suicide after obviously stealing to fund his addiction, find himself in a cold, dark...

  • Objective voters needed

    Andrew Borg-Costanzi is absolutely correct in his letter ‘Vote for a better future’. Our voters should seek to inform themselves objectively before expressing themselves about key political issues and before casting their votes in general and...

  • Christian’s CV

    The Talking Point entitled ‘The ideal archbishop’s CV’ (December 20), penned by three young mothers, inculcated in me a sense of pride and good feeling. Though, when going through all those characteristics that our future bishop should ...

  • Run the new buses on gas

    Malta has a serious air quality problem. Air pollution by particulates and ozone lead to asthma, chronic bronchitis and the stunting of lung development in growing children. Particulates or fine, largely invisible, particles of soot which are...

  • Napoleon’s Wells are under possible threat of destruction

    Napoleon’s Wells are under possible threat of destruction

    In her contribution to The Times’ Talking Point on December 18, Astrid Vella draws attention, inter alia, to the possible threat of destroying ‘wells’ in St Julian’s. I believe she might be including the so-called Napoleon’s Wells up the road from...

  • Victoria traffic

    It is an established fact that Republic Street, in Victoria is Gozo’s main thoroughfare. This notwithstanding, the flow of traffic in this arterial road is being constantly hindered by the fact that part of the pavement adjacent to Bank of...

  • Keep the faith this Christmas

    The feast of the Nativity iswith us once again and so is the end of the year. Religion emerges as the desired therapy for the island, regrettably taking the shape of a commercial paradise. The not-so-lucky are suffering from an inherent...

  • Get new ferries not a bridge

    Get new ferries not a bridge

    So the government is proposing to build a bridge connecting Malta and Gozo costing €1 billion and then €4 million a year to maintain it. Naturally, these figures are only estimates and we all know that estimates have a regular habit of...

  • A tribute to George Fenech

    George Fenech was a very quiet man, reserved and kept himself to himself, so much so that very few people knew him as an individual but more as a businessman. However, George was more than a very successful businessman;he was a fine husband...

  • Why was killer on the loose?

    How times change, one may say. In the 1970s, in Wollongong, Australia, a police officer got angry with me for leaning against his patrol car while he reprimanded me for crossing the road while the traffic lights were still on amber. It is...

  • False claims of molestation

    I read with disbelief the article regarding the four employees who maliciously made false claims of sexual molestation by a work colleague (December 17). That these four people have escaped prosecution or anytype of disciplinary action beggars...

  • Animosity on Xarabank

    Two episodes ago on Xarabank I assisted to two hours of pathetic, miserable, malicious hostility, from those who should give an example of how to face confrontation. I imagined myself being projected back in time to a gladiator’s arena. But ...

  • Inhuman treatment

    Like many sane people, I was astounded and shocked on reading the findings of the inquiry into the detention centres and the way they were horrendously run. I was also shocked about the way employees of Leisure Clothing were allegedly treated...

  • A venue to be valued

    A venue to be valued

    The Junior Eurovision Song Contest has come and gone and so has the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The shop floor that was converted into a stupendous theatre is now abandoned. I wonder whether the powers that be realise that this is the only...

  • Are we being served?

    One would believe that the local councils encourage its inhabitants to recycle paper, plastic, metal etc. Not so the Għargħur local council. I have been phoning the council and asking for grey bags for quite some time. The answer always was: “We...

  • The law courts’ crumbling columns

    The law courts’ crumbling columns

    The façade of the law courts in Valletta introduces us, day in day out, to the TV news from there. I feel ashamed to have to watch the accent on the crumbling lower bases of the façade columns. What an eyesore. Is it beyond us to afford to restore...

  • Etymology of two words

    Ġużé Aquilina’s Maltese-English Dictionary is an etymological one. Regarding words derived from Arabic and Sicilian/Italian, it was not so tiring for the erudite professor to trace the etymology or origins us such words. Not so in case of words...

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