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Letters

  • Fearful faith

    Religious literature is filled with guilt-ridden devotees obsessed with sin and the fear of hell. Scholars of late medieval European history have come up with a list of 9,000 treatises on ‘penance’ and ‘sin’. The list includes a treatise, On the...

  • At the deep end

    At the deep end

    The beauty of Għadira Bay will be lost and turned into an artificial bay similar to Pretty Bay, in Birżebbuġa. Children used to play in the shallow parts of Għadira and laugh as the water changes from shallow to a bit deeper and then shallow again.

  • Roads upkeep

    Martin Scicluna’s comments on road safety (June 27) were very apt. We must have an efficient ‘island-wide’ night-and-day continuous public transport service to reduce car use. With thousands of cars in use, road maintenance and educating drivers...

  • Economic performance

    I refer to Michael Briguglio’s article titled ‘When the price of bread goes up’ (July, 2). I would expect any academic not to warp the facts to suit any political arguments he may wish to make. This is what he did when he claimed the government...

  • Sowers of hatred

    It is a pity to see how the Church and its head are being attacked due to the paedophile scandals perpetrated by some Catholic priests in Ireland and the United States. It is not the uneducated who are to blame but the cultured, the intellectual...

  • Road statue

    Road statue

    I refer to my letter of March 17, when I had asked whether or not the statue of Our Lady on the Msida Regional Road, which was removed because of road works, would be replaced. I never received a reply (correct me if I’m wrong). Instead, and, I...

  • We need real expertise for real solutions

    I would like to bring the public’s attention to the sorry example of planning in Malta which illustrates perfectly why we could be doing so much better, and why we should be doing so much better. The infamous €55 million Central Link Project has...

  • Ta’ Xbiex flood relief system

    We all know that the flood relief system discharges water into the sea at Ta’ Xbiex, near the water polo club. Adjacent to this discharge outfall there is an area cordoned off for swimming, number 29 according to the Local Notice for Mariners.

  • Unfair criticism

    I refer to the article entitled ‘Trenches in the Mud’ by Manuel Delia, (The Sunday Times of Malta, June 24) which was heavily critical of Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia. Might Manuel Delia be toying with the idea of becoming party...

  • Forcing HSBC’s hand

    Forcing HSBC’s hand

    Our three registered letters to HSBC Bank Malta plc CEO Andrew Beane and three e-mails to his executive assistant had remained unanswered for over four months, but finally elicited a partial indirect response by registered mail, which we received...

  • Immigrants should be welcomed to the US

    Immigrants should be welcomed to the US

    The problem of displaced populations and their economic consequence is a worldwide phenomenon. Yet until 2016, my State Department permitted me and succeeding ambassadors to welcome hundreds of migrant families who had landed and traversed through...

  • FIAU’s role

    I refer to the news item titled ‘European banking watchdog investigates FIAU over Pilatus’ (June 8), which said that the European banking watchdog was investigating the manner in which the government’s anti-money laundering agency had supervised...

  • Litter bins

    A letter by Janet Wotjkow prompted me to write about litter bins. I don’t live here, although I have a Maltese name, my father being from Marsaxlokk. Waste is a worldwide problem, much of which, plastic, needs to be tackled very urgently.

  • Skilled workers

    An advert on the media advises construction industry workers they need to possess a skill card. This makes me think and ask some questions. A good percentage of foreign workers invading our country are employed in the construction industry. Are...

  • Haphazard parking

    Haphazard parking

    I know many people have talked about it but, still, nothing is being done about it. Every day, in College Street, the main road through Rabat, vans, cars and mopeds are parked on a double-yellow line and even on bus stops, as the picture shows.

  • Abused freedom

    I just cannot accept the fact that quite a number of EU nationals, particularly coming from East European countries (Bulgaria and Romania, in particular), are coming to our country not to live and work but to ply their criminal trade. I am sure...

  • Transport arrangements

    I refer to the letter ‘School transport methods’ by Daniel Muscat (July 2). Yes, he is right. Schoolchildren should make use of school transport. But this should be a realistic experience. They should be picked up at reasonable times, especially...

  • Fundamental question

    That bloggers or lay people who write letters to the editors think that the issue of migration can be solved by stopping traffickers (or NGOs), or that the matter is a question of which fallacious category one falls under (‘economic migrant’ or...

  • Flight delays

    Air Malta is not the only airline to suffer delays. Two out four of our most recent flights with Ryanair were delayed two and 11 hours respectively. Ryanair boasts that over 90 per cent of flights are on time but our recent experience shows that...

  • Genuine concerns

    Genuine concerns

    Migration has many facets and not just the humanitarian aspect. There are questions I doubt will ever be answered honestly. How were the rescue boats bought and where did the financing come from? Who is supporting the operations? Is any captain...