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Letters

  • Cecil Paris is sorely missed (1)

    I knew from our periodic meetings that Cecil Paris’s health had taken a turn for the worse and when I was told he was at Mater Dei Hospital I went to see him. Other than looking rather frail, he seemed normal and his conversation was laced with...

  • Cecil Paris is sorely missed (2)

    I have read with great sorrow about the passing away of the beloved Cecil Paris – Sliema’s doctor, as far as I am concerned. He was our doctor before we left for Canada in 1981. To us he had remained our indelible friend forever. We met him later...

  • Practical solutions

    A traffic accident occurred on one of the Kirkop ring roads on July 8 at about 8pm. A public bus carrying passengers to Żurrieq hit a food kiosk’s sun shade protruding onto the road. The damage was minor, no one was injured and the bus could still...

  • Unused property

    Unused property

    Possibly inevitably, Hugh Peralta (August 9) throws the law book at my taxing long vacant unused property proposals. Should I now throw economics or sociology texts at him in reply? He says I am “goading” the government to act illegally. However,...

  • Food security in Malta and Qatar

    As a Qatari national, I have always been interested in problems affecting agriculture, water scarcity, loss of land and decreased varieties. When the weather is fine, I enjoy walking in the beautiful Maltese countryside. Sadly, I notice the impact...

  • Exploitation of women

    I can’t understand why the authorities are trying to ‘rationalise’ the Paceville gentlemen’s clubs’ sheer exploitation of women. What the authorities are trying to do is simply accommodate these club owners’ greed for money at the expense of women.

  • ‘Private’ visit

    I read that former British prime minister Tony Blair came to Malta on what was described as “a private visit”. May I ask what official position does Blair hold not to make his visit “private”?

  • Complex decisions

    Complex decisions

    President Donald Trump’s reckless statement last week to unleash “fire and fury” against North Korea if it endangered the United States is making the confrontation between the two sides over nuclear weapons harder to resolve. Trump’s provocative...

  • No longer acceptable

    No longer acceptable

    Over the past weeks, the situation in certain areas of Floriana has been rapidly degenerating. The line of acceptability has been heavily crossed. A highly-commendable road resurfacing project started near the Catholic Institute but works in John...

  • To make a tree

    Why do Maltese government officials and professionals, including engineers, as well as the Maltese people in general, have such little regard – verging on contempt – for trees? They uproot them from their streets and squares, they chop them down,...

  • Disturbing prayer

    Leafing through the parish monthly magazine Flimkien, the Fatima prayer caught my eye. This strange, disturbing prayer has always evoked recollections of the Pharisee/publican parable (Lk 18:11): it sounds mildly pharisaical. In the parable, the...

  • The birth of atheism

    In his piece ‘No afterlife’ (August 5), John Guillaumier seems to suffer from tunnel vision in all matters of the ultimate questions of being human. He is so convinced of his intellectual superiority he is incapable of reflecting deeply on...

  • Unnecessary stress

    In a booming economy as Malta is experiencing at the moment, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is rightly focused on encouraging senior citizens to keep working beyond retirement age. What irks me is that while those employed in the public sector can...

  • Declaration of assets

    Adrian Delia, one of the four Nationalist Party contestants for the leadership, has, in my view, committed a grave political mistake when he refused to publish a declaration of his assets. He has been reported saying he would only make public a...

  • Beyond the pedagogy

    Beyond the pedagogy

    I can’t help feeling there’s more to the new Chiswick School project than just the pedagogical aspect (flying spaceships?). For example, what will become of the present school premises, a prime site, no doubt? At the end of the day the company...

  • Absurd logic

    Edward Caruana Galizia’s ‘Please choose wisely’ (Talking Point, August 8) is very good advice to the Nationalist Party members who shall be voting to elect their new leader. His mistake or, rather, error in this article is that religion has...

  • Hospital appointments

    A simple letter can reduce scores of hospital appointments and minimise the number of people turning up at Mater Dei Hospital to hear their consultant telling them: “It’s ok now. Your problem has gone away.” All the consultant has to do is...

  • Wrong craving

    Wrong craving

    I was so pleased to be among about 300 people who protested against developing a green area in Pembroke. It’s about time the people show their disapproval of encroaching on open spaces, which are getting so short everywhere. It was good to hear...

  • Post-Brexit reality

    I applaud Joseph Muscat on his CNN interview for stating his doubts about the UK ever leaving the European Union. Of course, they mirror my own but that is not why I am writing. I see a poll of hard-line Brexiteers reveals that: 1.39 per cent of...

  • Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi: a pastor full of humanity

    Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi passed way to the Father on August 3 in Villa Sacro Cuore, Triuggio, a few kilometres from Milan, where from 2002 to 2012 he was a truly dedicated pastor. He was a very intelligent cardinal with his heart in his hands...