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Letters

  • New waste collection

    I would like to thank the government for its brilliant idea to launch a new household waste collection scheme. Many other countries today are also trying to do away with single-use plastics that pollute both land and, especially, our seas. Still,...

  • Too late

    Too late

    Reading about the withdrawal of Pilatus Bank’s licence reminds me of the saying about closing the gate after the horse escapes. I might not have got the animal right, but you will understand the simile.

  • True son of Żejtun

    It’s one month that myuncle, Angelo Zahra, of Żejtun passed away. All those who knew him would say what a gentleman he was and it was always his pleasure to help others. He always showed interest in each family member, encouraging us when any of...

  • Works of art acquisition

    The article ‘Minister’s husband awarded €15,000 OPM deal’ (November 6) leaves much to be desired and lacks crucial facts, which can lead to giving readers the wrong perception of reality. The acquisition of paintings and works of art from art...

  • Missing statue

    Missing statue

    What has become of the statue of OurLady, which, for many years used to beso prominent and reassuring on the Reg-ional Road? It is being missed by many motorist driving past, I’m sure. It would be welcomed again if it were put back on the Regional...

  • Rehabilitation works better

    Disclaimer alert: my opinion will stir up controversial feelings regarding the Simon Schembri vs Liam Debono hit-and-run case. No doubt, Schembri has suffered and will go through a post-traumatic experience. However, sending the young accused to...

  • Unhealthy food

    When purchasing a copy of the Times of Malta in the convenience store at Mater Dei Hospital on October 31, I had to run the gauntlet of shelves packed with confectionary before I was asked by the cashier, no doubt acting on directions from...

  • Copies for sale

    It seems that everybody within the Labour ‘movement’ is entitled to have a copy of the full Egrant report, considering that now even Kurt Farrugia has one. I suppose that if someone ‘friendly’ asks for a copy, he is likely to get it. We will soon...

  • Carriageway markings

    Carriageway markings

    Who is responsible for carriageway markings? What kind of qualifications and training do the people engaged in carriageway markings receive? Do they work under the supervision of any of the authorities? A few weeks ago, part of Triq il-Linja, in...

  • The saving truth

    In November 5, 1943, that is, 75 years ago, many bombs rained down on the Vatican City State. In the view of Augusto Ferrera, the author of a book titled 1943: Bombs on the Vatican, the principal purpose for such a bombing was simply to destroy...

  • Compare and contrast

    The Prime Minister could not have found a better word to define Adrian Delia’s reaction to the Budget speech by Edward Scicluna: “a Halloween speech.” Those who followed both speeches could so easily see the enormous difference between the Prime...

  • Hazards of the trade

    I agree with Mary Shephard (‘Bitter aftertaste’, October 31). In Malta, we have a tendency of overdoing things, be it a village feast, football celebrations, etc. Take Daphne Caruana Galizia’s memorial in Valletta, for example. Does a memorial...

  • Treat Gozo better

    Treat Gozo better

    For the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure results are achieved faster by adopting a ‘might is right’ attitude rather than by being ethical and abide by the prevailing ‘rule of law’. That is what is going on at present at the Tal-Balal/San...

  • A query

    Who is Karl Flores?

  • ABC of corruption

    In ancient Greece it was said that “most men are bad”. In medieval theology, it was believed that only threats of hell could keep men in check. Mankind is so corrupt it is beyond ‘redemption’. There has been more evil and corruption since mankind...

  • Saint’s birthday cake

    Strange but true. St Augustine used to celebrate his birthday, which falls on November 13, with others and used to have sweets. He used to celebrate it with his mother Monica, his son Adeodatus, his brother, Navigius, his very close friend,...

  • Qualifications

    A recent advert (Classified, October 28) by Heritage Malta, a prestigious government entity, for the post of ‘clerk’ baffled me given the low standard of education being requested for the post. They asked for a school-leaving certificate...

  • Sort it out

    Sort it out

    Taking into consideration the 90 per cent flop in the garbage-collection scheme, I think, and most probably everybody agrees with me, the Environment Ministry needs to be ‘sorted out’ immediately.

  • Future leaders

    It was recently announced that the Nationalist Party is starting a course of studies for those aged between 14 and 25. The aim is to train the young generation for public and political life. We do need special and specific courses in this...

  • Customer care

    On Wednesday, 31st October, at 9am, I called the Swieqi local council to enquire about about collection times. The query is irrelevant. The woman at the other end obviously did not know how to reply. Further to my insistence on the point, she...