Letters to the Editor – October 12, 2021
Partly to blame
Why should all Maltese be blamed for what a bad entrepreneur did to Lamin Jaiteh?
Father Vincent Magri’s letter (October 5) is not respectful towards business leaders who employ refugees under the same conditions and pay according to the law.
Unfortunately, bad news gets more attention than good news when, in fact, there are more good people than bad. Refugees who hang out on the streets to find jobs are partly to blame for the abuse. If, on the contrary, they obtained information from JobsPlus, they are guaranteed to obtain a job under the same conditions as any Maltese citizen.
Authorities should warn refugees that the jobs they get by strolling the streets pose a risk to themselves.
Alfred Gauci – Sliema
The metro proposal
I want to point out that I have always been in favor of a metro system. About 30 years ago, I was approached by an internationally renowned company to play the role of messenger and present a proposal to the then Prime Minister. The suggestion was that this Monaco-based company would provide the first line to Valletta. I did what was asked and had a meeting with the Nationalist Prime Minister, but the idea was immediately rejected.
The current proposal has many positive points, but I would like to suggest a few additions. Will there be train stations in city centers? The lower part of Valletta was left out. This is essential to reduce the need for automobile traffic within the city.
The red line (Sliema) could cross the port of Marsamxetto and pass under St Elmo Square, which would not affect any building. It could also be extended to Cottonera and connect with the blue line, providing a better connection in the Grand Harbor area.
The plan as published lacks details. It seems that a station is planned near the Porte des Bombes. It would be ideal for a parking lot so that drivers can connect with the metro. Other strategic car parks should also offer better service. With the aging of the population, certain equipment is essential.
There seems to be an aversion to a line passing under Valletta. I do not see any danger because in Rome, Paris and London the metro passes under many agglomerations without any problem.
As noted, this will take a considerable number of years and the above suggestions may have to wait before being implemented. The government could also consider a second (third) opinion from an international organization.
I will not see its implementation but a metro has become essential for Malta.
Frans Saïd – St Paul’s Bay
John Guillaumier’s “Religious Indoctrination” (October 6) refers to Arthur Schopenhauer’s statement that being indoctrinated at a young age leads to believing all these religious “myths and fables”.
Surely the Bible, the most widely read book in the world, and the four Gospels as well as other writings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, etc. infant until my adolescence.
I feel so lucky to embrace such a faith that in my stressful time I have someone to turn to and that is my religion and that is what makes it such a great refuge.
Anthony SALIBA – St Paul’s Bay
New anti-COVID drug
Trials of a new US antiviral drug say it reduces the risk of hospitalization or death by COVID-19 by 50%. A treatment with this drug would cost around $ 700.
Complete vaccination reduces the risk of hospitalization or death by more than 90%. Should the taxpayer’s health department pay for this drug to treat someone who contracts COVID and who has refused vaccination?
Albert Cilia-Vincenti – Attard
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