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  • To hedge or not to hedge

    The accusation that the government is stealing from the public due to the high price of fuel is not only hollow but, indeed, unworthy of the person making it. I am sure that Opposition leader Simon Busuttil knows well enough how hedging works and...

  • Tackling sexual abuse in the Church

    The announcement that the commission tasked with investigating suspected cases of sexual abuse within the Church is to start its work next month is welcome. The Safeguarding Commission, as it is called, will replace the Church’s Response Team and...

  • Postponing pension reform

    The statistics on income and living conditions, which were published recently, are yet another reminder that Malta should not keep postponing pension reform. According to the survey, 20.8 per cent of persons in Malta aged over 65 are at risk of...

  • Exceptional cardiac care

    Two weeks ago, I had to undergo heart surgery. It is an experience that challenges the courage, will and strength of anyone who has to do it. However, it was this experience that gave me the opportunity to confirm what a remarkable and dedicated...

  • The correct language

    The present Minister of Education should be commended for his concern over the declining level of both Maltese and English. Many educators are pitching in with their effort to try and reverse this downward trend. As a long-time teacher of English,...

  • A risk-preventive culture

    A risk-preventive culture

    In view of the editorial titled ‘Decent work is safe work’ (January 14), the Occupational Health and Safety Authority feels it opportune to clarify a number of issues. The OHSA is an entity established by the Occupational Health and Safety...

  • Appreciation of diversity

    Appreciation of diversity

    Reading the article written by Philip Rizzo (January 20) about children and adults with additional needs reminded me of the wonderful years I had spent working in the field. Their loving attitude, their desire to learn, their loyalty, their trust...

  • Killjoy ride

    What a monotonous ride I had to endure earlier this month on a three-hour long Air Malta flight to central Europe. Half-full, the plane flew smoothly towards sunset in eerie silence with most of the passengers lulled to sleep, having nothing...

  • Abolish pardons?

    According to a report in Times of Malta, legal experts have said that if George Farrugia’s presidential pardon is withdrawn by the government, this could complicate matters for the police in the pending cases that they have instituted...

  • Stop the leaks

    Having reached the age of 70, I often have to visit Mater Dei Hospital as an outpatient. Answering the call of nature, I cannot but notice that many of the water cisterns leak. Some leak a little and some leak a lot. I do not know how many toilet...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    Minority (Yeah) Right

  • Obama paves the way for his legacy

    Obama paves the way for his legacy

    US President Barack Obama delivered a defiant State of the Union address on Tuesday, focusing mainly on domestic policy and laying out his strategy to improve the standard of living of America’s middle classes. His domestic agenda included making...

  • Editorial: Principles and misinformation

    Editorial: Principles and misinformation

    It is not unknown for politicians to give up principles to serve their political purposes. But it is never a pleasant sight, as exemplified by the way the Prime Minister and Opposition leader have come together in a rare show of consensus over...

  • In defence of thieves (of a kind)

    I have a new hero. Last Friday, Stephen Camilleri was handed a two-year prison sentence suspended for four years for theft of ticket money at Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna’s Malta at war museum in Vittoriosa. At the time of the theft, Camilleri was...

  • There is nothing wrong with change

    Winston Churchill, once said: “There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.” In fact, a lot of good can result from changes in the right direction. I trust that this belief is what triggered Opposition leader Simon Busuttil...

  • The tourism tug-of-war

    It is often other people who are tourists. The writer Evelyn Waugh once said: “Every Englishman abroad, until it is proved to the contrary, likes to consider himself a traveller and not a tourist.” That was back in the 1930s but the word ‘tourist’...

  • Sure, go tell it to the birds

    Some might be inclined to regard the interference of our politicians in an apolitical referendum on spring hunting as ill-advised; even unconstitutional. On the other hand, in the current ‘Charlie’ climate it might be equally ill-advised to say...

  • Acting today to save tomorrow

    When I was a university student, it was still reasonably easy to find a parking slot on the ring road without having to get there at sunrise. The cars parked in the vicinity of the lecture halls and the main quadrangle weren’t the dinky smart...

  • The Pope of inclusion on exclusion

    I shudder to think what the reaction of the media would have been had Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI uttered the same words spoken by Pope Francis on the flight to the Philippines. The Pope was speaking with journalists about the Charlie Hebdo...

  • The sounds of our lives

    The sounds of our lives

    Every morning I wake up to the sound of chirping birds, trees hustling in the wind and the cows mooing in the fields. No. I don’t. I wake up every day at 6am sharp to the dreaded sound of the alarm clock, which gets louder and louder with each...

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