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Letters

  • Drink-driving

    In October 2016, I was present when the national alcohol policy was launched for public consultation. I had suggested there should be a blanket zero tolerance policy in respect of driving under the influence of alcohol (and other drugs). Any...

  • IVF law changes

    Allow me to thank and applaud Steve Pace for his piece ‘IVF – the last act’ (July 13). Finally, somebody is calling a spade a spade. This article spells out the real reasons why the IVF law amendments just had to be made to pass through Parliament.

  • Shorn of dignity

    I recently came across these set of rules in a foreign newspaper and I wondered how our small island just lets anything go. “The following are all prohibited: “The sale of alcoholic drinks between midnight and 8am if it is for consumption outside...

  • Man of sincere faith

    Man of sincere faith

    The beautiful letter ‘Exemplary superstar’ (July 12) by Alfred Gauci, reminded me of another great man in the world of sports who is a living witness of his Christian Catholic faith, namely Croatian national team coach Zlatko Dalic (picture). This...

  • Shameful statement

    Speaking on Radio 101 on July 8, the leader of a faction of the Nationalist Party – the other faction is led by Simon Busuttil – Adrian Delia had the gall to state that “we are living in a shameful country”. Do you know why Delia said those...

  • Responsibility

    After the publication of the European Banking Authority’s conclusions that the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit breached EU laws, I was shocked to read that the Finance Minister insisted, apparently as a justification, that he “never...

  • One for the road

    Congratulations to Delicata for organising another wine festival. I wonder whether the police will also be there with whatever breathalysers they have to check drivers leaving this festival. We certainly do not need any more drunk-driving incidents.

  • Baseball not tennis

    Baseball not tennis

    Wimbledon 2018, the sacred, sacred place for tennis, has just ended. Novak Djokovic regained the crown he last won in 2015. But the final was overshadowed by the previous Friday /Saturday semis. On Friday afternoon, we witnessed a nail-biting...

  • Saving the planet

    I feel recycling should be taken very seriously and everyone should play a part in protecting our world. With this in mind, I e-mailed two big organisations in Malta to ask if they recycled plastic and cardboard. I received a reply from McDonald’s...

  • Model drivers

    I have just read Jean Karl Soler’s Talking Point ‘Irrational rationalisation’, where he wrote: “Malta has the lowest speed limits in the world and the safest European drivers (non-Maltese, obviously) and best road safety statistics.” Well, I don’t...

  • Erratic service

    A word of friendly advice to patients/commuters travelling on bus route 122. Do not, repeat not, rely on the bus serving this route to keep your outpatient medical appointments. This service is most erratic and, therefore, unreliable. This route...

  • Pay Freephone

    ARMS Ltd suggests that one should phone Freephone, on a particular number. Once one dials that number, the recorded message says the phone call is against payment. I do not understand why a Freephone is against payment.

  • The formidable lady

    The formidable lady

    Despite the forces in the EU and her coalition partners at home arrayed against her, Angela Merkel is a formidable lady who must never be underestimated. The German Chancellor is facing strong opposition from immigration hardliners at home and...

  • Economic performance, take two

    I refer to Michael Briguglio’s reply (July 11) to my letter ‘Economic performance’ (July 9).  Assuming I were to accept his argument that a 27 per cent (€74.8 million) increase in the construction industry’s gross value added is not sustainable,...

  • Prayers for the persecuted

    Alfred Gauci’s letter (July 12) interested me for two reasons. First, he praised Lewis Hamilton for always wearing a cross. Up to about this time last year, I used to watch lots of sports programmes on TV and I was always pleasantly surprised to...

  • No sporting void

    No sporting void

    The curtain has finally come down on the world’s most popular sporting event: the FIFA World Cup (2018). Soccer enthusiasts were regaled with a festival of football matches: a plethora of 64 games in just one month, perhaps the only time when the...

  • Referendum lesson

    I hate to get in the way of Martin Spillane’s thorough trouncing of anti-abortionist Klaus Vella Bardon. But I do object when Vella Bardon deliberately misinterprets what I wrote in my article “Pro-choice Irish” (May 30). His latest letter,...

  • Non-EU migrants

    The article ‘Immigrants outnumber natural population growth’ (July 11) fails to mention how many non-EU immigrants leave Malta once they have an EU work permit. Immigrants from the Philippines, for example, pay €4,000 to obtain a permit to work,...

  • Long-lost brother

    Long-lost brother

    I have been trying to find my long-lost brother for over 40 years. We were both in the Royal Navy. I joined as a boy in 1952 and left in 1964. He was a little older than me and did an engineering apprenticeship before he joined in 1955 and left as...

  • Liberal and progressive Malta

    Little by little Malta is joining the most liberal and progressive group of countries. We have up to now introduced divorce, same-sex marriage, the morning-after pill (MAP) over the counter, marijuana for medical use and now embryo...