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Comprehensive study needed on Gozo tunnel – Gozo Parish priests

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Study needed on proposed Gozo tunnel - Gozo Parish priestsThe Gozo Diocese said that in light of the ongoing public discussions regarding the proposed Gozo tunnel, it would like to reiterate what was stated following a meeting held in February 2011 with the parish priests of Gozo, which had covered this same subject.

The parish priests, together with Bishop Grech, observed that the island of Gozo, despite the improvements made in recent years in its accessibility, is still suffering from double insularity.

They said that this is “preventing the same pace of development as the rest of the country, which impacts drastically on the social fabric of Gozo.”

However, the meeting also agreed that a comprehensive study should be conducted “to take informed decisions about the impact that any decision will have on the environment, economy and society itself and to evaluate both the advantages and drawbacks that this decision may bring.”

The ongoing public discussion about the possibility of the islands of Gozo and Malta being joined permanently was welcomed.

“The extraordinary difficulties faced by students, workers, the sick in hospital and their families, employers and the service sector, in having to repeatedly cross between the two islands because of the nature of their study, needs and their work,” were also noted during the meeting.

They highlighted the fact that that “the economy of the island would, with better accessibility, be able to participate fully in the progress achieved in the nation, and indeed contribute to this happening.”

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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    4 Responses

    1. anthony zammit says:

      “it would like to reiterate what was stated following a meeting held in February 2011 with the parish priests of Gozo, which had covered this same subject.” February 2011!!!!!. That is 8 years and 1 month ago! And…. “The Gozo Diocese said that in light of the ongoing public discussions regarding ……” What does ‘ON GOING’ mean? Ongoing means that these 8 years there was an ongoing discussion, surveys, speeches by the Prime Minister and Opposition, discussions on all Media in bars and streets and on the dining table between family members and much more and 8 years of discussions don’t mean anything to the diocese because whoever wrote this article boons on us what the parish priests discussed back in 2011. The Gozo diocese does not give a hoot for our 8 years of work and discussion on the Tunnel Subject. They had the answers in 2011 which the author reiterate (synonymous: repeat, say again, restate, retell, recapitulate) Wirt Ghawdex don’t waste time debating at the Don Bosco. The parish priests want to tell you again what they decided 8 years ago!

      The diocese also said “The extraordinary difficulties faced by students, …..,” were also noted during the meeting.” This was discussed 8 years ago in a meeting the parish priests seem to have had. What did they do during these 8 years to ease the extraordinary difficulties faced by the students? The Gozo diocese with that of Malta fixed up some unused rooms of convents and offered them for students to sleep in Malta so as not cross every day. That was a recommendable act. Can’t it be extended to many other convents? If the diocese proved that it could help by already doing so; what is keeping it to offer more rooms? Remember that a Gozitan receives a lot by leaving the security of his family. It builds them up to maturity.
      I suggest that the parish priests will do better if they discuss more au fait issues of the Church than worrying (or trying to look good) about the double insularity of Gozo and ‘if it will be able to participate fully in the progress achieved in the nation’. What do the parish priests know about progress in a country? Progress when bells are still being rang aimlessly at all hours of the day ignoring laws of sound pollution!?, when it is the cause that fireworks remain and there is no progress to stop the loud explosives. They should look at progress when sermons becomes meaningful, religious activates build the participants and no just make them feel good. These and many more the parish priests need to look into and not the Nation’s progress which I take to be the GDP. Leave that to us who live in a real world and not an abstract one.

    2. just an expat says:

      Well Anthony I am sure you know what you meant but it is a mystery to the rest of us – some of what you say makes sense but not all. Perhaps I could suggest proof reading your comments in future before pressing “post”.

    3. anthony zammit says:

      Thank you whoever you are (I do not hide behind a pseudonym) for your concern. I might suffer from a new disease which I christen with the name of ‘Thought Dyslexia’. People with Dyslexia do the same thing with words and the way you explained your bewilderment about my post would in my mind better be described that I suffer with Thought Dyslexia. Maybe so.
      In the Bible a phrase which has confounded people thought the ages is ‘We created man in OUR image. What does our mean? Does it mean there were more than one God? Where they the Anunaki who created us, that is why they said OUR? Sorry another dyslexia way of mine to try to ask you why did you say ‘it is a mystery to the rest of us’ That is a very strong comment ‘to the rest of us’ that means to ALL the REST of the readers excluding no one. All the readers who read my comment, according to you did not understand what I meant! I didn’t know that you surveyed all the readers and got this clear result!
      ‘I am sure you know what you meant but it is a mystery to the rest of us’ Dear just an expat, couldn’t you have easily said ‘I am sure you know what you meant but it is a mystery to me’. For you cannot possibly know what ‘the rest of you’ understood. Have a good day and thank God at least that you could understand some of it.

    4. just an expat says:

      Anthony I stand corrected and apologise profusely for my error. You are of course quite correct and I should have said “a mystery to me” as I cannot know if other readers followed your train of thought or not. I have also to thank you for broadening my education as I had never heard of the Anunaki and had to look them up. It seems my English Grammar school education was not as comprehensive as I had always believed.

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