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Letters

  • Who chooses?

    Martin Scicluna’s letter ‘Referendum lesson’ (July 16) is supposed to be responding to a letter titled ‘Extreme cases’ (July 12) by Klaus Vella Bardon. Scicluna prides himself on his objectivity but his clever blend of objectivity and selective...

  • VAT receipts

    How is it possible that in the July draw of the VAT receipt lottery three winning receipts belonged to the bearer of the same identity card? This defies all laws of probability. A reaction and a possible explanation from the VAT Department would...

  • Serious problems need serious solutions

    Serious problems need serious solutions

    I don’t think that Malta has a more serious problem at present than the traffic one. Sadly, I have not seen or heard of one single solution to this ever-worsening problem. We have reduced the size of roundabouts. We have built flyovers and plan more.

  • Hospital car park

    I have been visiting my husband at Mater Dei Hospital every day for the past three weeks and when I wrote this letter (July 19) it was the third or fourth time that both paying machines at the underground car park on level 0 were “Out of...

  • Mile End line-up

    Two very interesting articles featured in the July 2 edition of this newspaper both point to a very bleak future insofar as our democracy is concerned. The front-page report – ‘Council of Europe warns over equality board plan’ – is of great...

  • Cant and reason

    Recent correspondence remin­ded us that, only a few weeks ago, Martin Scicluna mischievously resorted to Kant’s “Have the courage to use your own reason” perversely to justify abortion. When one does have the courage to use one’s reason and defy...

  • A lesson

    The ‘local pro-choice man’, Martin Scicluna (‘Referendum lesson’, July 16) has invoked Immanuel Kant’s Sapere aude and has also claimed “overwhelming” support from women. Given that the immediate result of conception, the very first stage of the...

  • Presumed guilty

    There seems to be general agreement that the laws in Malta protecting vulnerable children and adults from sexual offenders need strengthening. Nevertheless, in the interest of justice and fairness it would be a mistake to base any reform too...

  • Siege mentality

    Siege mentality

    In my lifetime I’ve witnessed an ‘Iron Curtain’ descend across Eastern Europe in the bleak late 1940s and the Berlin Wall go up during the Cold War in the early 1960s. I never imagined a President of the United States would declare – as ...

  • Our orgy of tree destruction

    It is repulsive to hear that our Environment Minister, none other, was quoted as saying that the uprooting of trees is “necessary to prevent the country coming to a standstill”, (‘Uprooting trees ‘a must’ to prevent congestion’, the Times of...

  • Monument to the fallen

    A couple of years ago I had proposed to the Paola local council the erection of a memorial with the names of the 70-odd civilians who were killed in the town during the war. Paola is one of the few localities that does not have such a memorial.

  • Britain should leave the Commonwealth

    The United Kingdom doesn’t need the Commonwealth. It’s just a by-product of the Empire, and as the UK is leaving the EU it should also leave the Commonwealth. After all, both entities cost taxpayers money. As for Scotland, they can start finding...

  • Education eradicates poverty

    Education is the power to eradicate poverty, hunger and disease in Africa. Inspired by this idea we missionaries working in Malindi, Kenya, are doing our best to build schools and pay school fees for poor and orphaned children. We also help small...

  • Migrants are encouraged to cross the Mediterranean

    Migrants are encouraged to cross the Mediterranean

    It had been going on for a number of years now, Africans without the necessary documents started landing on our shores in small numbers using small boats. Their aim was to reach Italy so that from there they could travel overland to reach other EU...

  • Trump is a disgrace

    The so-called ‘summit’ between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki turned out to be a farce. At the news conference after the summit, Mr Trump showed incredible weakness by backing Mr Putin against his own US...

  • Alternative view

    That indeed is the problem: nice people like Frank Salt (who clearly really loves Malta) are always thinking, reasoning, acting and suggesting from a specific viewpoint: collectively that of property dealers, agents, owners, builders and such. But...

  • Athletic track resurfacing

    Lately, I learnt that the athletic track at the Marsa Sports Ground will be resurfaced. We do know that, some time ago, the Luxol Club football pitch was given a new synthetic grass surface by a foreign company. When the club needed the contractor...

  • Rabat road solution

    Rabat road solution

    The need for wider roads to accommodate the ever-increasing traffic is certainly an issue that demands solutions often entailing the uprooting of trees. Trees take many years to mature and it is understandable that by chopping them we have to wait...

  • Diversification

    Frans Camilleri once again replies to my questions regarding the sustainability of Malta’s economic model. With regard to construction, the increase in demand is very much influenced by immigrants who can pay relatively high rents (not to mention...

  • Tamer roads

    Following several serious traffic accidents on Tower Road, The Strand and Tignè, the time has come to tame Sliema’s and many other villages’ and towns’ roads. While in other EU states traffic slows to a survivable 30kph on entering a residential...