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Letters

  • Heed objectors’ voice

    Heed objectors’ voice

    I refer to the article Talking Point by Desmond Zammit Marmarà (‘A perversion of democracy’, September 25). He has certainly hit the nail on its head because the (db Group) project has been met by the biggest opposition all round. Hats off to the...

  • Merciless attitude of car park wardens

    On September 26, a sick wheelchair-bound 82-year-old patient was discharged from the Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Hospital (SAMOC) after completion of a cycle of chemotherapy. His wife drove to the SAMOC to pick him up and, finding no parking space,...

  • Wasted organs, wasted lives

    Some newspapers’ online links leading readers to the “Opt out Organ Donation” petition might have malfunctioned, but this has now been resolved. As outlined in my letter to the Times of Malta (September 22), readers who sign this online petition...

  • Prolonged hibernation

    Prolonged hibernation

    It seems to me that in Malta there is no Opposition party and it appears the Maltese population went into a prolonged hibernation. I’m curious to know whether those 10 Planning Authority members who voted for the Pembroke tower reside near any...

  • Mosta upgrades

    In my letter ‘Leaving Mosta’ (September 3), I suggested that bollards be placed to divide the short stretch of land near the monument dedicated to Qalbiena Mostin. This will ease traffic leaving Mosta through Independence Avenue and Eucharistic...

  • Medical students need more training in chronic pain

    As a (semi-retired) consultant in pain medicine I welcome Claire Caruana’s article on chronic pain (The Sunday Times of Malta, September 23). The statistics she quotes have been around for a very long time, and were first revealed both by IASP...

  • Malta’s own Cincinnatus

    In Roman history, the famous Cincinnatus (c. 519 – c. 430 BC) was a statesman who retired to a quiet life on his farm. When the Republic fell into a crisis, he was asked to put down the plough and lead Rome in its hour of need. Cincinnatus saved...

  • Bicycles in the EU

    I refer to the letter by Jean Karl Soler entitled ‘Dangerous to cycle in fast traffic’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, September 16), in which he replied to Timothy Alden’s Talking Point in the Times of Malta of September 8 entitled  ‘Intelligent...

  • Importance of owning your own home

    I refer to the article ‘More affordable moving abroad than buying property here’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, September 23). In the article, a couple in their early 30s with a joint annual in­come of €55,000 complain that a premises of €180,000 is...

  • Imported workers need instruction

    It is not enough to boast of a construction boom if construction is causing a nuisance to one and all. A lot of construction work is to­day carried out by foreign workers. And we want to import more. I would like to ask what the Building...

  • Contribution to nonsense

    I refer to Eddy Privitera’s contribution to the Times of Malta (September 24). He writes: “Because Caruana Galizia had absolutely no connection whatsoever with Mosta.” In fact, she had as much connection with Mosta as he and I have. She resided in...

  • Unfair charge

    Melita has introduced a new charge to its customers: you get no cable TV but you still have to pay a charge. Every year since the year 2000, I’ve had the TV cable service suspended temporarily from July 1 to the end of October. This year, even...

  • Unsportsmanship Act award

    Unsportsmanship Act award

    I refer to my article (September 18) on how sports can bring out the best of human nature in its participants: solidarity, respect, teamwork and fair play. Luka Modric was declared FIFA player of the year 2018, an honour which for the last 10...

  • Rule of law

    “Mr Trump entered the White House believing the Justice Department was not a steward of the law, but the President’s own defence team”. That paragraph is taken from a recent edition of the Economist. Does it sound familiar? Well it should, since...

  • Sins of a minority

    They are always there, available and unassuming, not asking for anything in return. Many still turn to them whenever life’s problems assail and become just too much to carry alone. We confess our sins to them and load them with our misfortunes,...

  • Treating speculation

    Reference is made to the article published by the Times of Malta (September 26), which was also followed up on its online news portal, entitled ‘Mcast flooded by ‘bullying’ claims against HR director’. The Ministry has consciously refrained from...

  • Duties of bus drivers

    Duties of bus drivers

    How right is Ken Bryant from Naxxar when in his letter (September 19), he asks: “Where are the bus inspectors?” I will go further than that and ask: “Are there any bus inspectors employed with Malta Public Transport?” I am putting this question as...

  • Reason for moving on

    I refer to the article published in the Times of Malta (September 26), ‘Mcast flooded by bullying claims against HR Director’, in which I am mentioned. Without going into the merits of the issues mentioned in the article since an inquiry is...

  • Urban trees

    Urban trees

    Following a visit to Seville recently, I could not help notice the great number of urban trees in the streets, roads and open spaces. It was hot, at 35˚C, but the trees gave much-needed shade, pleasure to the eye besides better air quality. There...

  • Groundless statement

    I write on behalf of the Accountancy Board regarding the editorial “Accountable, by all accounts” (September 24).  The Accountancy Board strongly denies the unfounded and baseless allegation reported in your editorial that “the government has” in...