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  • Poor bus service

    Last Tuesday I had an appointment in Valletta at 9.15am. I was on the Swieqi Sidra busstop at 7.50am to catch the 8am bus. However, the bus arrived at 8.22am. I asked a passenger whether there had been an accident that had caused a delay and she...

  • Thank you from India

    I recently received a generous contribution of €2,000 from the Mission Fund of Mosta. This will go towards helping poor students coming from rural tribal areas to pursue tertiary education at our St Xavier’s University College in Maharo, very...

  • Sunshine gone

    Now is the best time of the year for a stroll along the Sliema front, but the sun is gone. The only part of the front where one can enjoy the sun is from the side entrance of the Carmelite church to the Tower. From there onwards it is all in the...

  • Inadequate service

    Judging by the letters that I have seen in this newspaper, I am not the only person concerned with the inadequacies of the bus service in Malta. I suspect the root cause of the problem is that the senior staff who organise Malta Public Transport...

  • In the summer time

    In the summer time

    Childhood holidays by the seaside are the source of some of our most enduring memories. John Guillaumier reminisces about his summer of 1956 (November 21). Going through his article took me on a trip down memory lane and brought back to me...

  • Vocational education and training

    I refer to the excellent editorial, ‘Vocational education’ (November 17). It must be emphasised that the generally held view that vocational education and training (VET) prepares one for a manual or semi-manual trade or occupation is not factual.

  • Attractive holiday resort

    Attractive holiday resort

    Reference is being made to the article by Frank Salt in which he referred to Buġibba and Qawra as ‘slums’ (November 17). Without taking away any of the respect the correspondent, a highly-respectable person in the real estate industry, enjoys, I...

  • The plain truth

    In his letter titled ‘Like with like’ (November 17), Joseph Zerafa shows he does not understand that rates of growth, rather than annual percentage changes, smoothen out the peaks and troughs and help us understand any shifts in trends. I have...

  • Free ride

    Where is the logic when Transport Malta sets up a route, purposely for students, from Pembroke to University and charges €1.50 per trip when they go free if they travel on other routes?

  • Sustainable quality of life

    Sustainable quality of life

    I refer to the editorial ‘Stateof the Environment’ (November 20). The Environment and Resources Authority is addressing the editorial’s criticism that the ‘State of the Environment Report’ does not provide recommendations. It is being clarified...

  • Lead by example

    The Gozitan parish priest who was paraded around his parish in a Porsche provided a typical example of the type of ‘poverty of Christ’ flaunted by the Catholic clergy. Add to this priestly ‘poverty’ the mansions of the nuncios, bishops and...

  • There is nowhere to hide anymore

    The scheming for the opening of companies in Panama had started a fairly long time before the 2013 election. I am 100 per cent convinced that the scheme was not thought out by a politician. It was the work of a good businessman and was so...

  • Education and values

    I read about the criticism a minister levelled at the Dominican friar who proposed the official teaching of the Catholic Church, the magisterium. Others, unlike the friar, but like Pope Francis, are putting the emphasis elsewhere. I tend to...

  • Shameful

    In a front-page report on the Attorney General and his power (November 17) it was said that Peter Grech (the Attorney General) defended his decision to hand a copy ofthe Egrant inquiry report to the Prime Minister “because the case involved the...

  • The tenders game

    The tenders game

    The saga of the tenders issued in connection with the Luqa old people’s home further strengthens my views about the creative ways the authorities play the game and get away with it. It shows the standards of ‘integrity’ among those running the...

  • Where’s the watchdog?

    I can report more trips being cancelled by Malta Public Transport. On Thursday, November 15, at about 8.20am, I was waiting at the Floriana ditch terminus for the route 54 bus to Attard that was due at 8. 35am but it never arrived. The next bus to...

  • A powerful advice

    In his short and insightful spiritual testament, Saint Paul VI had this to say to all those who want to serve Christ and his Church: “As regards the world: one must not think to help it by following its ways of thought, its habits and tastes, but...

  • Gozo ferry service

    The time is 12.30pm on Saturday, November 17. The Gozo ferry is operating from the south quay due to the windy conditions at the other quay. The road leading to the ferry is one lane so the cars to the ferry are at a standstill blocking any access...

  • Italian synod

    The Italian synod has just finished and the congregation of bishops has proposed an update of the liturgy in the Italian language. Among the changes proposed there is the controversial rendering of the penultimate clause of the Lord’s Prayer. The...

  • Deteriorated bus service

    Deteriorated bus service

    As someone who visits Malta three or four times a year, it is noticeable how much the bus service has deteriorated since the demise of Arriva. Under Arriva, services were frequent and pretty much on time, as there were regular checks by inspectors.