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Letters

  • Not taking but depriving

    “We took nothing from the people,” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat boasted in Parliament, obviously admired by his colleagues. I beg to differ on this and I say why. How about asking the residents from Pembroke and Sliema, who are or about to be...

  • In-flight security

    In-flight security

    It is unbelievable that, recently, the actions of a single drunk lady made a jet return to Heathrow an hour into its transatlantic flight to Washington. A staggering £4,000 worth of fuel had to be dumped, plus all the problems for passengers that...

  • Damning allegations

    We have just got to know about a sworn affidavit by a ‘whistleblower’, who happens to be MEP David Casa’s former aide, saying he was present when Casa used to take cocaine during weekends together with some friends and colleagues in two local...

  • Daphne: an extraordinary human being

    The controversial aspect of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s brilliant journalism could have at times overshadowed her humanitarian qualities. Regardless of this nothing can eradicate her deep-rooted characteristics, as is evident in the words of Peter...

  • Scotland, the UK and the EU

    Given John Vassallo’s credentials as a former Ambassador of Malta to the EU, one might have expected him to have a greater understanding of British history and the Copenhagen Criteria for membership of the EU than he demonstrated in his article...

  • One Man, One Vote

    In his opinion piece published last weekend ‘Brexit and the end of colonialism’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, October 28), John Vassallo makes some interesting points, however  I feel duty bound to question a few of his assertions. Mr Vassallo is...

  • Skilled workers

    I believe that Malta lacks certain skilled workers because traditionally once the Maltese qualify in a subject they choose to work in the same job for most of their working life. It is also true that nowadays the younger generation have no problem...

  • Car rental

    Beware Ryanair car hire. Unlike some other car rental brokers who accept a deposit, Ryanair demands full payment up front for the rental.  If your evening Ryanair flight is delayed enough for you to just miss the opening hours of the car rental...

  • Frequency of sugar intake

    Frequency of sugar intake

    I refer to the ‘Myth Debunked’ article in last week’s Science page (The Sunday Times of Malta, October 28). It is a feature which I regularly read and appreciate and in this instance I wish to clarify some statements. It is true that saliva breaks...

  • The fight against crime

    I should like to reinforce the public opinion that has seen the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia as an appalling sign that at least one vicious criminal group is operating on Malta. There have been indications of inter-gang murders and...

  • Garbage collection

    Garbage collection

    The picture above was taken at 10am on October 29 in Victoria. What message does it convey to the tourists on the hop-on hop-off buses passing by? There is a simple solution to rubbish collection, given that many prefer to dump their rubbish under...

  • Long trip home

    After spending a splendid holiday in Sorrento, my wife and I, both in our 80s, left our hotel at 1pm on Monday, October 29 to be on time for our flight to Malta on board a Ryanair aircraft from Naples at 4pm. By that time, we were still not called...

  • No real equality

    The Prime Minister has been reported as saying “we took nothing from the people” when arguing that no new taxes were announced in the last Budget. But he did not say that the old taxes his own government had introduced are still there. Yet, there...

  • Tax collection: now and then

    I refer to the editorial regarding what is described as “tax collection ineptitude” (October 30). As former chairman of the board of special commissioners (income tax) serving for upwards of 10 years under three different prime ministers, I must...

  • Evident danger

    Evident danger

    Walking down Triq Anġlu Gatt, in Mosta, round about October 20, I noticed a 30-centimetre-square gaping hole at the end of the pavement, corner with Eucharistic Congress Road. I contacted the local council to report the matter and have the...

  • Bribery allegations

    Reference is made to the article ‘Court lambasts minister, officials on bribery claims’ (October 31). It is important to note that the claim that Education Minister Evarist Bartolo did not act upon hearing the allegations is completely...

  • Missed attraction

    Michael Cutajar (‘Star attraction’, October 26) writes in reply to my letter (‘Sportsmanship’, October 17) that I should never have criticised Herbert Messina Ferrante because he is knownto one and all to be a gentleman par excellence. In fact, he...

  • Bus conductors

    It is obviously more economical that buses no longer have ticket conductors. At the same time, their absence is causing delays. I am not advocating the immediate re-introduction of bus conductors but that some trials be made on certain routes. I...

  • Poor service

    I feel very disappointed and hugely frustrated with the unprofessional and very poor service I received from GO. I had experienced an unnecessary ordeal in my own house because of a problem in my TV. Three technicians came to my place to try to...

  • Sandy

    I am sure everyone remembers the sandy ‘experiment’ at Balluta Bay, well, a birdie tells me that Keith Schembri and, of course, Konrad Mizzi can tell us a lot more about this ‘experiment’.