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Letters

  • Where are the parents?

    In Article 1 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child it is being stated that “a child means every human being below the age of 18 years”.  In Article 3 it is emphasised that “in all actions concerning children taken by legislative bodies, the...

  • Why Sliema is so dirty

    Michela Spiteri’s article (February 18) on (the lack of) waste bins in Sliema, is so true and this is probably a major cause of the filth in and around our home town. But not entirely. The flower pots in Dingli Street are used as bins and ash...

  • Il-Loġġja tal-Palju – a sheer misnomer

    Il-Loġġja tal-Palju – a sheer misnomer

    Wirt Għawdex deserves the praise of one and all for its unrelenting efforts to save the heritage of Gozo. Its hard-working secretary is indeed an asset to this island. It was thus with amazement that in a recent press release, reported with...

  • Hands off our monuments

    Surely there is a law in Malta that stops organisations or fanatical people from putting up photographs, posters, slogans and candles on our national monuments, disrespectfully turning them into messy shrines. Enough is enough. No one, no...

  • PA members’ voting record

    The Planning Authority, through its mouthpiece Peter Gingell, (The Sunday Times of Malta, February 11), spoke of percentages. To put it bluntly we are not at all impressed. In the effort to appease their conscience, the PA plays the game other...

  • Not marketable

    In his letter ‘Futile PN hopes’ (February 9), Eddy Privitera announces triumphantly that a “new company” will take over the flawed contract from Vitals Global Healthcare. He presents this botched attempt at damage limitation as a great leap...

  • Mental health

    Although I never visited Mount Carmel Hospital, I did hear about the situation there and what I hear and read does not make people feel any better. I do not know Michael Briguglio (‘What’s up at Mount Carmel?’, February 19) but it is so good that...

  • Empty niches

    Empty niches

    While we are celebrating Valletta being the European Capital of Culture, all the churches and monuments in the city are being highlighted in their splendor and in the importance they give to the capital. One of the most important historical,...

  • Enforcement action

    The article ‘Illegal billboards still stand despite notices going back two years’ (February 20) contains a number of serious inaccuracies which must be clarified. The Times of Malta failed to mention that the pending files included: Those that are...

  • Potemkin facades

    In my neighbourhood, there stood, until recently, a Maltese ‘house of character’ with an attractive, age-acquired copper patina on its limestone facade. It had a lemon-coloured, traditional wooden balcony with louvred windows. It was flanked by...

  • Lest we forget

    Lest we forget

    To begin with, may I say that those “against” a memorial to Daphne Caruana Galizia should put it into their warped heads that a memorial would also keep alive the idea that nothing will ever still their conscience. Nothing but repentance will ever...

  • Daily gospel readings

    This is a gentle appeal to Fr Martin Micallef, Editor and general director of Kliem il-Ħajja to reconsider the general policy underpinning this precious widely-circulated publication bequeathed by pioneering Capuchin biblical scholar Fr Donat...

  • Let’s move on

    The makeshift shrine at the foot of the Great Siege Monument is another farce by those who do not want to move on in life. Is it not better to heal a wound than to let it fester? Have we not mourned Daphne Caruana Galizia for long enough now? Of...

  • Potential kingmaker

    Potential kingmaker

    For the past four years, Italy has been on the receiving end of wave after wave of migrants from Africa and the Middle East. During this period, EU leaders believed that Silvio Berlusconi’s political career had been consigned to history. Troubled...

  • Check what you eat

    The article ‘A taste of history’ (February 16), dealt with the delicious pastizzi (cheese cakes) and rabbits, both a traditional Maltese menu. The article seems to be encouraging eating pastizzi and rabbits. In truth, rabbits are quite tasty and...

  • Happy marriages

    One of the speakers in Rai One’s excellent Sunday morning programme made the point that in many of Italy’s small communities requests are being made by local councils to Church authorities to help newly-weds as they embark on the tough new road of...

  • Rude behaviour

    The other day, I attended the interesting and stimulating ‘Icon Island’, part of the Valletta 2018 music programme. This should have been an enjoyable experience, which was seriously marred by the utter rudeness of certain audience members. To my...

  • No credit

    Why it is that only one or two petrol stations in Malta accept debit cards? They must be some of the very few service providers who do not offer such a facility. In today’s commercial world, even some street market traders accept debit cards. This...

  • Horse sanctuary

    I have just been on a visit to the Malta Horse Sanctuary, limits of Siġġiewi where I was very impressed with the work being done in aid of a dozen horses that had been abandoned or abused. They are now so happy in their surroundings, even though...

  • Doom and gloom

    I suspect Paul Brincau’s increasingly hysterical letters painting everything EU black and prophesying doom for all the nations belonging to it will eventually make amusing reading sometime in the future, once the United Kingdom has completed the...