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Letters

  • Victoria honour

    I would like to suggest to the committee of Ġieħ il-Belt Victoria – an honour bestowed by the Victoria local council – to consider Mgr Canon Felix Tabone as a possible nominee. He had been appointed parish vicar for St George’s Basilica by the...

  • Prayers venue

    Prayers venue

    I refer to the article ‘Still praying for a place to pray’ (January 15). In my opinion, Bader Zina is expecting the authorities to give him a government property, where he will have no Planning Authority problems, or some kind of miracle. All he...

  • Prescription for life

    In an article on January 15, Ella Pickover wrote that an exercise regime is the reverse of a heart failure risk. I sincerely believe she failed to mention some very important points regarding causes of heart attacks. All youngsters usually live a...

  • Boatbuilding at Spinola

    Smells are evocative, especially those of wooden boatbuilding, pine resin from timber being worked, a paraffin blowlamp being preheated, linseed putty, paint, varnish and antifouling being applied.  I grew up with them on the waterfront at Spinola...

  • Animal care

    Animal care

    While I applaud the celebrations concerning St Anthony the Abbot’s day with the blessing of animals by Catholic priests (January 15), I would certainly be more impressed if, from time to time, during their Sunday orations our priests would remind...

  • When mother kills child

    I thank Steve Pace, Karl Flores and others who are writing about the horrendous crime which is abortion. In olden times, a pregnant woman was referred to as “being with child”. Is there anything to add to this to show that what’s taking place is...

  • ‘Prickly pear’ republic

    In the past, Malta used to fancy itself as “the gem of the Mediterranean”. Now it is a “mafiastate” and the “prickly pear” republic with an “Artful Dodger” as its head.

  • Diversity among editors

    The editorial ‘Scourge of political correctness’ (January 11) claims Charles Caruana Cara­bez’s article titled ‘The foibles of women’ was satirical and humorous. It was neither, unless you rely on the definition of satire as ridicule. The Times of...

  • The ‘leaking pipeline’

    I refer to the Question Time feature titled ‘The glass ceiling’ which asked: “What is the real problem stopping more women from assuming top executive positions in Maltese companies?” (January 13). Rather than a glass ceiling, the metaphor that is...

  • A seed sown in 1964

    A seed sown in 1964

    I must thank Frank Falzon for taking me, and possibly others, down memory lane with ‘The penny stunt’ (December 28) and make me dig up the only photo I had of the first penny stunt that had been organised by the University Students’ Charity...

  • Abortion services

    I read Martin Scicluna’s opinion piece on abortion with amusement and bemusement. He is an interesting example of contradictory ideas sharing the same space in a person’s head. He staunchly opposes “medieval”, “obscurantist” religion but then...

  • Presumption of innocence

    I have been asking this simple question for several weeks but, so far, no one has had the courage to answer it. There were some who asked me ‘to get a life’, others who hoped that ‘I get well soon’, others mentioned presidential pardons, secret...

  • Construction danger

    Construction danger

    I would like to refer to the construction that is under way at the end of Main Street, Mosta as one approaches the locality from Mġarr. One wonders whether the contractor concerned has a permit to occupy the pavement and part of the street with...

  • Hands off old Blighty

    Where on earth is Michael Owen coming from when he spouts such nonsense regarding the UK leaving the EU? Has he got a serious chip on his shoulder? Or is he worried he will have to pay a fee to visit the UK? First, he spouts about the referendum...

  • Domestic violence

    What a shock to read the Home Affairs Ministry’s statement that “all accusations by third parties have been withdrawn” with regard to the alleged domestic violence incident involving former assistant police commissioner Mario Tonna. This leads one...

  • Pricing policy

    Air Malta refers to the letter by Revel Barker titled ‘Price vs cost’ (January 6). Air Malta’s advertised lowest (hand luggage only) one-way fare, Go Light, is priced at €39, including taxes and all charges. These charges include ‘booking fees’.

  • The X factor

    The word Christmas has often been abbreviated to Xmas and has been repeated year after year. The abbreviation does not make sense because the letter X in mathematics refers to some person or thing unknown. X in Xmas refers to Jesus Christ, the son...

  • The Maltese hunting dog

    The Maltese hunting dog

    A picture of an unusual looking dog, which was claimed to be a Maltese hunting dog, appeared on the back page on January 11. The poor dog looks more like a German smooth-haired pointer than a Maltese, colour and markings included. The picture...

  • Abortion is no human right

    In his response of January 4, Martin Scicluna continued to confuse the topic by referring to abortion as a human right. Vanni Bonello correctly pointed out that it is not a human right, at least this cannot be derived from the cited statement of...

  • New Year grouches

    With the New Year still only a few days old, am I allowed a couple of grouches as opposed to resolutions? With the kind of weather we’ve been having, I went down with a severe cold and an even worse cough just a couple of days before the New Year.