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Letters

  • Failure to act

    I do not know why “Dr Azzopardi” (I presume Jason) sees as so significant the telephone call made to Minister Chris Cardona “by a man once suspected of fuel smuggling” (October 9). It was the man who made the call, not the minister. But that was a...

  • Unjust penalties

    Every crime or illegality should carry a penalty in proportion to the gravity of the act and, above all, serve as a deterrent for any other similar abuse in future. In the case of hunting or trapping illegalities, penalties are harsh and lead to a...

  • Tougher points system

    This newspaper reported there were no plans to include parking offences in the penalty points system. That’s probably why illegal parking is so prevalent. A simple solution for traffic congestion that daily chokes the island would be to actually...

  • A different planet

    A different planet

    Eddy Privitera (September 18) charges Manwel Delia with being the protagonist in the Arriva colossal fiasco. It could be that he lives on a different planet. It seems that since Arriva were forced to leave, he has not had any problems with today’s...

  • At our service

    Last Saturday, I requested the assistance of the Valletta police to protect a small area in Floriana where my elderly parents’ building developed some damage due to bad weather earlier in the week. Despite their busy evening due to Notte Bianca,...

  • The higher they go

    There is this growing fad to build high-rise buildings, without taking certain considerations in hand. What if a powerful earthquake strikes Malta? We’ve had them in the past. Or what about gas leakages, as happened in London? If, God forbid, the...

  • Presumptuous

    I shudder what would be the justifiably angry stance of the British, French, Italian or whatever government if some whippersnapper, like German MEP Sven Gielgold, were to threaten a bank legitimately established in their territory with having its...

  • British but European

    British but European

    For some years now, I have been waging a private campaign with all those I come into contact with. I urge everyone speaking about anything on the other side of the English Channel to use the correct terms: “the Continent”, “mainland Europe” or...

  • Not being served

    A telephone connection with the bank drew a blank except for a pleasant voice. Instructions were brief: “Please wait or phone later.” I did both at intervals, to no avail. Why do they take a long time to answer? Do they think they could teach...

  • Hot under the collar

    I note that my letters seem to be niggling Austin Sammut so much that he decided to reply to my letter ‘Undeserved honour’ (September 24) regarding the decision by the PN-led Mosta local council to honour the memory of Daphne Caruana Galizia with...

  • More dog laws

    We are now elated about another piece of dog legislation. I do not dislike dogs at all but neither do I revel at laws that care for dogs when, at the same time, we do not legislate or enforce legislation for the citizens when dogs and their owners...

  • Preti’s assistant

    With reference to Philippe Agius’s letter requesting information on painter Gioacchino Loretta, while, so far, there is no reliable and confirmed data regarding his birth and burial place, there is no doubt that, beside the main altar of the Pietà...

  • Credibility

    The Democratic Party said that the Planning Authority’s ap­proval of the db Group’s thing in Pembroke “has removed what little credibility the authority had” (September 24). I am sure all will agree the PA had no credibility at all and, therefore,...

  • Political foreknowledge

    On April 13, this year the Times of Malta published a full-page article by Richard Galustian, “a political and security adviser based in MENA countries for nearly 40 years”. Headed ‘The Skripal event’, the article started thus: “So many things...

  • Malta’s independence

    Malta’s independence

    Being a supporter and member of the Nationalist Party for well over three decades, I thought it was my duty to attend the meeting held on the Granaries in Floriana marking Independence Day. The main speaker was party leader Adrian Delia. However,...

  • Poor banking service

    On Friday, September 28, I went to the Bank of Valletta’s branch at Balluta Bay at 11.30am to cash a cheque. The security guard told me to wait in the line outside the bank because there was a long (slow-moving) queue inside. He informed me the...

  • Steve Carter never represented Smart City Malta

    Reference is made to an article appearing on page 8 of The Sunday Times of Malta published on September 30, headed “Ex-Smart City promoter on money-laundering charges”. The title and content of the said article give the erroneous impression that...

  • Church’s contribution to Maltese society

    A number of religious orders’ convents are almost vacant. Why not turn them into old people’s homes? Such homes are in great demand and will continue to be in demand the more the Maltese population ages. A much needed social service to the elderly...

  • Unequal pay for equal work

    A few days ago the Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Employability held its induction session for the year 2018/2019. During this session we adult educators were informed that this year a lump sum equivalent to 10 hours’ duty will be...

  • A divine right to rule

    I imagine that nothing must be more insulting or demeaning to those who voted for the Democratic Party than to be told that it “stole” two seats from the Nationalist Party. It is as if their votes belong to the Nationalist Party, and their...