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Letters

  • Tragic death

    The recent tragic death of a motorcyclist on the Mrieħel by-pass is a sad reminder that nothing has as yet been done to deal with the very dangerous arrangement whereby traffic has to cut cross a dual-carriageway on its way to the Mrieħel...

  • Dogs not on a leash

    I refer to the article by veterinary surgeon Martin Debattista entitled ‘Hock injuries’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, May 28). The author describes how an English pointer was hit by a car after being left off the leash on Manoel Island. According to...

  • His own man, finally

    Having decided to give up the party leadership, Simon Busuttil seems to have been liberated. He seems now to be his own man. His speech at Sannat on Tuesday was convincing, he came across as genuine. If he had run his election bid in that tone,...

  • Why Simon should stay

    Simon Busuttil as leader of the Opposition and of Forza Nazzjonali fought this election mainly on principles and not on propositions.  Though the majority of the electorate decided to keep Joseph Muscat as prime minister, one cannot come to the...

  • True history

    I feel that perhaps Henry Frendo (June 9) missed the whole point of my article.  To begin with he cited many books which were written well before one could have access to British and Italian documents of the era. I stress three points, namely: The...

  • Danger of texting and driving

    Danger of texting and driving

    Texting while driving has become a way of life for a lot of crazy drivers in tiny Malta. Where are we going with this self-evident fact? What is so difficult about stopping briefly where space is available, sending your text or answering your call...

  • Brexit

    The association of ideas may lead the mind to a comparison between periods of history. Teresa May contrasts sharply with Shakespeare’s Henry V: one seeks to escape from the trammels of the European Union; the other encourages the Anglo Saxon motto...

  • More of the same

    Allow me to refer to the article titled, ‘New priorities for Labour’ by Desmond Zammit Marmarà (June 9) wherein the following was stated: “Once the aim of national unity is achieved, the Labour government must deal with major outstanding problems...

  • Safety first

    Safety first

    Many of us have seen on the news the harrowing pictures of the fire which engulfed a high-rise building in London. From what I have heard, this started on the second floor and rapidly moved upwards leaving occupants in the upper floors no means of...

  • Desperate measure

    Theresa  May, another Margaret Thatcher but more wily and less sarcastic, found herself incongruously leading a gaggle of incompetent mulish men hell bent in wrecking their country on the shores of the European Union. Desperate times call for...

  • One national day

    Henry Frendo (‘Anti-colonial memory’, June 9) is right to emphasise that it’s wrong to dismiss the serious Sette Giugno incident. It was also right for Governor Laycock, on April 28, 1958, to recall British commandos marching up Paola Hill, with...

  • Prayers answered

    It was indeed a pleasure to read, Saturday June 10, John Guilaumier’s praise of our Prime Minister’s sartorial improvements. It was indeed a change from his usual anti-religious epistles. I was thinking, perhaps my prayers for his conversion are...

  • Saving lives

    I refer to the motorbike accident that took place on June 8 on the Mrieħel Bypass, in which Chris Abela lost his life. I urge the authorities concerned, Transport Malta in this case, to take immediate action to avoid further car accidents with...

  • Gozo catacombs

    Gozo catacombs

    It is shocking to learn that the area of Tal-Gherduf Catacombs at Kerċem is under threat of a scandalous projected development of a residential unit (June 13). The site is a vitally important archaeological zone and any disturbance unless for...

  • Bemusement

    I read John Guillaumier’s letter, ‘The good old days’ (June 7), with a degree of amusement but also an equal degree of bemusement. Guillaumier says, about the 1950s and 1960s: “How carefree, exciting, idealistic and forward-looking were those two...

  • Regenerational attitudes

    On June 1, 2017, Pope Francis outlined three attitudes for us, young priests, that help us be missionary disciples in permanent formation. The first attitude: pray without tiring. “Prayer, the relationship with God, the care of the spiritual life,...

  • Best-dressed man

    The photo published alongside my letter entitled “Best-dressed man” (June 10) was not the photo I referred to in my original e-mail to the Times of Malta. The photo I had in mind appeared on page 4 of the Labour Party Victory supplement on June 6.

  • The Duke and Malta

    The Duke and Malta

    With reference to the feature “11 things you may not know about the Duke” (June 10), I wonder if I might be permitted to add a 12th? The Duke has Maltese ancestry. He descends from General Tommaso Barbara, a Maltese mercenary who distinguished...

  • Busuttil’s legacy

    In 2013, the Nationalist Party was accused of abusing incumbency and Labour was expected to be the only catalyst for change in terms of transparency, accountability and meritocracy. The PL has not only failed to eradicate this practice but we now...

  • Why go?

    It is really enigmatic that Joseph Muscat should declare thathe will step down after this stint in Parliament. He has won two elections with such unheard-of majorities; he has managed to wonderfully exploit the strong economic Maltese condition...

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