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Letters

  • No markers please

    In Britain, efforts have been made to impose ID cards on people but these have always been frustrated simply because the Nazis used these records to identify, round up, deport and kill anyone on their hit list. Yet, the dreadful present UK...

  • More ‘monstrosities’

    For quite a number of years, the Planning Authority was called a monster or a monstrosity. This was due to the rigid rules and policies safeguarding our national building character and protecting the environment. Let us admit that some of those...

  • Free to choose

    What a silly statement for Nathaniel McGowan to make (‘Imperialistic blackmail’, September 13) with reference to someone changing plans and holidaying elsewhere other than Malta. One has every right to spend one’s money wherever one likes just...

  • Heroic Maltese defenders

    Heroic Maltese defenders

    I chanced viewing a commentary on the Great Siege of 1565 on one of the local TV stations, produced by the CNI (Kampanja ghall-Ħelsien Nazzjonali), featuring my old Lyceum colleague, Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici, and Sammy Meilaq. Regrettably, the...

  • Traffic in Attard

    It’s good to note the ministry responsible for roads accepts that central Attard has been turned into a bypass between Rabat, Balzan, Lija, Sliema and Valletta. Widening some sections of the road between Mount Carmel Hospital and the Financial...

  • Pure consultation

    Nathaniel McGowan writes from Huddersfield (September 13) to “remind” everyone that the UK’s 2016 referendum was “not legally binding”. Writing from Gozo, where I’m holidaying, could I remind him (and everyone else) that it was not...

  • Poverty and housing

    The Anti Poverty Alliance’s proposals to the Budget with regard to housing (rent/purchase) say there should be a “tax rebate scheme” and “subsidies” (‘Cap rent increases, says Anti-Poverty Alliance’, September 8). Basically, that the government...

  • Fitting tribute

    Fitting tribute

    Next year will be very important for Valletta. Pope Pius V had encouraged the Knights of St John to build the city of Valletta. I cannot describe or explain in a few lines the importance of Pope Pius V for Valletta and for all of us Maltese. One...

  • Best way to adapt

    In any dictionary, adaptation comes before integration. In an article (September 9) about integration, this newspaper failed to give the slightest hint of what is meant by such action. One can take a horse to water… This holds true even for...

  • A heavy burden

    I am an 80-year-old pensioner and a grandmother of four boys, the oldest 20 and the youngest nine. I have spent the best part of my life teaching both at primary and secondary levels. I simply cannot bear to see any more children bent double like...

  • Passengers’ baggage

    Passengers’ baggage

    Without trying to distract from the announcement by Ryanair’s CCO, David O’Brien, that Malta will be linked with 12 more routes from next April, one wonders why no prominence was given at the same time to the airline’s new policy regarding...

  • The fourth commandment

    To clarify, some denominations state that it is the fifth commandment, but this is irrelevant. It is the substance of this universally recognised commandment that is important. “Honour (love and respect) your father and your mother.” Although the...

  • Marriage according to natural law

    Friday, September 8 was a joyful day for Maltese altar boys who returned home on an Air Malta flight from Rome after serving Holy Masses at St Peter’s Basilica for three weeks. They prepared their luggage the day before and in the afternoon they...

  • Disposal of glass bottles

    Disposal of glass bottles

    Local councils in Malta and Gozo have contributed a lot to law and order in our country. Cleanliness is one of their priorities. I have been told that the budget allocated to it by Mosta local council (presumably even the rest) exceeds by far...

  • Leave the referendum law alone

    Every citizen who really loves Malta, while also being rightfully jealous of rights which, by law, have long been granted to him, should always be careful when any idea is proposed by anyone that takes away from such existing rights. Such is the...

  • A matter of realising

    How many times have we blamed God for ignoring us, particularly when things go wrong? I recently received a very nice message on my mobile phone. It said the following: “At times we find ourselves in difficult situations and ask God for help. But...

  • Marsa’s is not a racist cause

    In his article ‘Crime of Presence’ (September 10), Mark Anthony Falzon levelled a number of unfounded accusations and attributed actions by third parties to Moviment Patrijotti Maltin, choosing to describe the movement in derogatory terms. One...

  • The frescoes at ‘Palazzo Paolina’

    The frescoes at ‘Palazzo Paolina’

    I have seen in the September issue of Places the feature on the boutique hotel ‘Palazzo Paolina’ at number 101, St Paul’s Street, Valletta where wall paintings of foliage and flowers were uncovered during restoration, possibly dating to the...

  • Wrong comparison

    John Workman’s letter (September 5) is naive, contradictory and risible. If democracy means the will of the people, how come Britain ignored its significance for a long time before granting Malta its Independence to fulfil the will of the...

  • Advertising on air

    I refer to the letter by Joe Genevose entitled ‘Sleeping on the job’ (September 7). He complained about the alleged comparative method used in an advert for “digital audio broadcasting”. The Broadcasting Authority had already acknowledged and...

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