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Letters

  • The future

    One reality about Europe’s current political leadership is summarised here: French President Emmanuel Macron has no children. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has no children. British Prime Minister Theresa May has no children. Italian Prime...

  • Public sector employees

    I refer to the editorial ‘The power of incumbency’ (May 14). It is thoroughly incorrect to say that the Principal Permanent Secretary “refused to provide” information “about the number of people on a definite work contract in the public sector...

  • Fort St Elmo carving

    According to Michael Ellul’s book on Fort St Elmo, the carving illustrated in the picture was brought to Malta by the Order of St John from Rhodes. For a long time, it was placed in the chapel of St Anne at Fort St Elmo but when the church...

  • Reliable bus service

    As a frequent visitor to Malta over the past 20 years, like many I have experienced a love-hate relationship with the buses. The quaint vehicles, with their distinctive colours and styles, were frequent and cheap to use. More recently, we survived...

  • Meghan in Malta

    The letter about Meghan Markle’s link to Malta (May 9) is not correct at all. Jessica Huie worked with Kruger Cowne briefly as a PR consultant at that time. She was not a friend of Meghan but assisted Cowne with organising the trip to Malta for...

  • Gaming licences

    The Malta Gaming Authority refers to media articles published by the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), La Repubblica and the Times of Malta. The MGA objects to the articles in question that contain factual inaccuracies, speculation,...

  • Ferry tales can come true...

    Ferry tales can come true...

    It is a fact so obvious that (you’d like to think) even a Maltese politician could see it: the ferries are fast approaching their best-before date and will need replacing (or rebuilding). Everybody – even people who never cross the channel – knows...

  • Corruption and protests

    In the Times of Malta of May 9, Martin Scicluna wrote that he is tired of the “whingsing and political stunts” of “a small unrepresentative body of activists”. Dear, oh dear. How sad. Unfortunately it is time for Scicluna to realise that peaceful...

  • Go curtailing basic internet access

    While enquiring on an unrelated matter, I was informed that Go is in the process of decommissioning its e-mail service for residential customers. I find it appalling that such a basic service will not be provided anymore. There has been no public...

  • Repeat visit

    Repeat visit

    Time seemed to stand still as the Montenegro sail training ship Jadran (Serbo-Croat for ‘Adriatic Sea’) left Grand Harbour on May 10 after a short visit. The ship first visited Malta in 1937. She berthed in Dockyard Creek with Senglea parish...

  • Maltese as a foreign language?

    It seems to me that the natural progression for the teaching of Maltese would indeed be the development of particularised programmes focused on Maltese as a foreign language. This in view of the fact that the language has extended its tentacles...

  • A Maltese doctor

    I read the article about euthanasia entitled ‘A different way of dying’ in Pink magazine and also on timesofmalta.com and sincerely think that the statement “Ninety per cent of Maltese doctors are against euthanasia” merits a statistical...

  • Fr Peter’s unearthly powers

    Fr Peter’s unearthly powers

    I was naturally aware that the late Peter Serracino-Inglott often mesmerised his listeners; but I was taken aback to learn, thanks to Godfrey Farrugia, (‘When can we say that a human being is a person? The Sunday Times of Malta, May 6), that: “Prof.

  • Unnecessary hassle

    Mellieħa was recently full of people delivering new street numbers to a number of households, and residents were told they would have to get a new ID card and had only 10 days to do so. One can just imagine how the ID card office is going to be...

  • Two weights, two measures

    I remember when I was younger, sitting on the bus home from Paceville, somebody spat on my friend for speaking English. When I asked him to apologise to my friend, he kicked me in the face and proceeded to pull chunks of my hair out until his...

  • Time well spent

    On Sunday April 22, my brother in the Capuchin Order, Fr Bernard Mangion, celebrated his 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination. Fr Bernard spent some 36 years of his priesthood faithfully living the word of Jesus in the Gospel: “I was sick...

  • The rule of law

    Reference is made to the article ‘Chief civil servant refuses to say how many public jobs became permanent’ (May 10). I daresay that, for correctness’ sake, fundamental crucial facts should have been highlighted in the article. Prior to April...

  • Yodelling Delia

    In his letter about Adrian Delia (May 5) Eddy Privitera, among other things, said: “Foreign investment projects keep being announ­ced on a weekly (Sunday morning sermons) if not daily basis.” Could our friend please mention at least one foreign...

  • Pesticides in Maltese produce

    Pesticides in Maltese produce

    As a regular visitor to Malta for over 40 years, I have always bought my fruit and vegetables from the farmers’ market or from the many roadside vendors. However, since being made aware of the abuse of pesticides by some local farmers, I have, for...

  • Shoot first tactics

    It is becoming an ever-increasing trend in today’s society to first claim a right to do whatever suits us and then do triple backward somersaults to justify and legitimise this so-called right. Paradoxically, the rights of human beings still...