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Letters

  • Influenza in the home

    The home is the place where influenza can spread: using the same cutlery or maybe the same plates when eating or tasting food from the cooking pot. Drinking from the same bottles. Kissing and handshaking. Interchanging clothing. Using cloth...

  • Investigations

    I read in the Times of Malta last Monday that, while speaking at Marsaxlokk, Joseph Muscat said that “Simon Busuttil, should investigate his leader”. May I ask: since when has the Commissioner of Police given up his job as investigator? If the...

  • Neighbours

    Could we learn a lesson from little Victoria to visit any new neighbours in our street and if we notice anything untoward to refer to the parish priest or the diaconia group of the parish?

  • Żepp and Grezz

    Readers will probably be interested in viewing a photograph, taken around 1910, showing my late father, Emmanuel Xuereb, and his younger sister, Mary Xuereb later Audibert, in carnival costume as Żepp and Grezz, stereotypical village man and his...

  • Save Maltese archaeology

    Malta Arch is asking members of the public to e-mail the Planning Authority at [email protected] by Friday and object to the destruction of the Tal-Wej area, in Naxxar. (The e-mail must have the subject heading PA/09387/17.) Tal-Wej is a...

  • Train monument

    I refer to the letter by Thomas Zerafa entitled ‘Railway in Valletta’ (February 5). A few years ago, I had discussed with the Floriana local council the possibility of having such a train monument near Portes des Bombes, on the bridge there. If I...

  • Valletta ‘invasion’

    Valletta ‘invasion’

    Some years ago, I started a residents page for Valletta on social media not quite certain of the outcome. Today, it stands at over 200 members who access the site every day. Many Valletta residents are feeling encroached upon by continuous...

  • Lost in IT

    On receiving an orange form (threatening service suspension after seven days) from ARMS Ltd, I immediately phoned and was informed about an unpaid December bill, which I had never seen. I did get confirmation, however, that it was not normal...

  • Land reform

    Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the golden anniversary of the priesthood of Fr John Mary Cauchi, originally of Għarb, in Sao Miguel de Taipu, Paraiba, Brazil. I always admired his dedication to help bring about land reform in his region...

  • St Paul’s Bay affairs

    I refer to the letter ‘Party interference’ by Charles Micallef (January 24) wherein the correspondent took the Nationalist Party to task for the St Paul’s Bay situation. In fact, the injunction filed by the Nationalist Party on January 15 was...

  • Save Buskett

    Save Buskett

    Over the last 10 years, more in the last five, the governmentcarried out various worthy improvements in Buskett. Farmhouses have been restored, a considerable tract of land that for long years had been left abandoned has been covered with soil and...

  • Growing in wisdom

    The Spiritual Exercises (Exercitia Spiritualia) of St Ignatius of Loyola, which are a group of Christian meditations and contemplations accompanied with prayers, are a great resource for spiritual renewal. St Ignatius taught that “it is typical of...

  • Putin’s problem

    The presidential elections in Russia next month have divided Russian citizens. The complete exclusion of the charismatic opposition leader Alexei Navalny from the ballot list will surely make a farce of this election. There are voters who are...

  • How about handball?

    I came along an article regarding the Sportsmalta Award 2018 (February 1). Is it possible that not even one player or coach from the Malta Handball Association is ever mentioned or nominated for anything? May I also add that, even in this paper’s...

  • Railway in Valletta

    Railway in Valletta

    Our capital city, at last, has an entrance which it surely deserves. The Tritons fountain and the large open space around it contribute to give Valletta the dignity of a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen. I think we are now starting to...

  • ‘He got up early and went to a lonely place’

    When you tell people that you live in Malta for the winter, their inevitable response is to say: “O you lucky devil, no snow or ice, no rain or wind.” And, of course, all that sentiment is very true, especially when one considers the awful weather...

  • ‘Diplomacy’ that is based on denying reality won’t work

    ‘Diplomacy’ that is based on denying reality won’t work

    Anger at the US for acknowledging Jerusalem is Israel’s capital is misplaced. Today’s politically correct conflict resol­ution requires losers to be treated as winners. This ‘everyone is a winner’ fantasy supposedly makes compromise easier for the...

  • The mystifying Latin on the Main Guard inscription

    I read with interest Giovanni Bonello’s article ‘Mysteries of the Main Guard inscription’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 14). Originally built as the Guardia del Palazzo in October 1617 during the reign of Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt...

  • The Triton Fountain

    I am writing with reference to the letter by John Apap about the Triton Fountain (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 28). I would like to join him in appreciating the work done by the multi­disciplinary team of professionals and craftspeople...

  • Embracing our roots

    In her article ‘Embracing our roots’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 28) Anna Marie Galea wrote that “we shouldn’t try to make ourselves a second- rate of someone else”, and that’s exactly what she was doing when she compared us with those who...