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Letters

  • Don’t call back

    With regard to the letter entitled ‘Hang up’ (September 10), the calls described are almost always what are known as Wangiri calls. Wangiri is Japanese for ‘one ring and cut’. The idea is that the incoming call cannot be answered because it rings...

  • Transport logic

    Was a survey among drivers who pass through Attard, especially during the rush hour, carried out before the plans for the proposed bypass were drawn up? If it was, I never noticed. I suspect that part of the problem started some years ago as a...

  • Career progression

    I refer to the article entitled ‘Teachers’ work-life balance “non-existent”’ (September 11). The Ministry for Education and Employment points out that, through the new sectoral agreement, one of its main aims was to give a career progression path...

  • Nobody cares

    Nobody cares

    One of the photographs shows a boundary wall, professionally built according to law to close off a plot of land in Triq is-Sink, Swieqi. The other, which is in Triq it-Tiben, Swieqi, also shows a boundary wall closing off a plot of land but is not...

  • Organ availability

    Organ availability

    Over the past few weeks, we were made aware that an alternative to customary organ donation system is now being introduced in the UK. This is the opt-out system. When we analyse advantages, it would be a great step in the right direction if the...

  • No ‘wonder’

    I read in this newspaper (September 1) that Socialist MEP Ana Gomes “wonders why [Konrad] Mizzi and [Keith] Schembri not charged”. I cannot understand the “wonder”. Gomes, if I am not mistaken, met the Police Commissioner when she visited Malta. I...

  • Relevant advice

    The relevance of the pastoral letter issued on the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, September 8, regarding the housing situation in our country and entitled ‘Building our houses on a rock’, is undisputed. In fact, it is a wake-up...

  • Good and bad

    Primo Levi, when writing about the Holocaust during Nazi rule in Germany and in their concentration camps, said something on the following lines: “It is very dangerous and leads to a serious error when the main premise of a syllogism is wrong or...

  • Political power

    The more I read of Eddy Privitera’s ramblings from Mosta, the more I am convinced ‘Sylvanus’ should be brought back. Is no one safe from his adoration of Joseph Muscat and woe betide anyone who questions the Prime Minister? In the same issue...

  • Severance of colonialism

    Severance of colonialism

    I fully subscribe to Independence Day being the national day for the Maltese islands if Parliament were to choose one out of the current five. Correspondents Desmond Zammit Marmarà (September 4) and Henry Frendo (September 6) gave valuable...

  • Historical manipulation

    We are witnessing a great debate on history. Left-wingers and nationalists are making big efforts to erase some of the events that took place in the past. They also seek to change, distort and manipulate other facts that seem to benefit their...

  • Evasive tactics

    Pope Francis called sexual abuse “an absolute monstrosity, a terrible sin that contradicts everything that the Church teaches”. Despite the Pope’s harsh, uncompromising words, some Maltese Catholics persist in resorting to evasive tactics. They...

  • Hang up

    For quite some time, I myself and a big number of other people have been invaded by unwarranted continuous calls throughout the day, from Tonga, Samoa, FYR Macedonia and other countries. It has now been going on for months without respite. I...

  • Parish feasts

    Parish feasts

    Reference is made to the editorial ‘Maltese festa in a niche’ (September 1). The Band Clubs Association would like to put on record the fact that its representatives recently had a meeting with a Unesco delegation. The members were taken to...

  • Tourist numbers

    Times of Malta reported (September 1) that a “tourist” threw stones and smashed the glass of a bus because, according to the report, he did not have enough money to pay the fare. I think it would be in order to ask the Tourism Minister, unless, of...

  • Accommodation for Gozitan students in Malta

    An editorial in the Times of Malta of August 1 emphasised the need for better facilities for Gozo pa­tients. Accommodation for Gozitan patients and their families requiring medical attention not available locally is arguably better in London than...

  • After the basilica celebrations

    After the basilica celebrations

    This is the first year that the Mosta Rotunda celebrated the feast of The Assumption of Our Lady as a Minor Basilica. For this I would like to thank Pope Francis, Archbishop Charles Scicluna and the previous archpriest, Fr Albert Buhagiar, whose...

  • Not opening a can of worms

    When the Catholic Church accepted the rule of democracy, freedom of conscience and the scientific study of the Bible with the methods of literary criticism, some thought that it would open a can of worms. However, it made the Church more credible...

  • Pope Francis documentary

    It appears that the recent documentary film entitled Pope Francis: A Man of His Word, is no longer being shown in Malta’s cinemas. In my opinion, this is a pity, since this film in black and white is composed and edited into excellent...

  • Quarry activity near temples

    I refer to the article ‘Unesco raises alarm over quarry activity near temples’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, September 2). Enforcement officers from the Planning Authority have in­spec­ted the quarry at Siġġiewi and found no evidence of any ongoing...