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  • Sicilian strays happy on ferry

    We have a home in Sicily and we adopt strays to give to Maltese families on a voluntary basis. We always travel with Virtu Ferries and we bring over between five and 12 dogs every month. We have brought over about 73 dogs in total and they now...

  • Congestion tax in Sliema

    Traffic in Sliema is frequently congested, particularly at the Strand, Tower Road and Tigné Seafront. This is creating considerable pollution in the area and giving rise to dangerous situations because of road rage incidents. There are four main...

  • Truly caring

    I would like to thank the customer care staff at Mater Dei Hospital who helped me within a few minutes to contact a particular member of the hospital staff the previous day. I had previously tried several different numbers without any...

  • Bus fare scam

    A person who uses every crumb of criticism to gain political points must be sick in mind. Winston Churchill once described a fanatic as one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. My letter (‘Funny business on the buses’, July 23),...

  • Yes, semantics do matter

    A few days ago, Al Jazeera adopted a new editorial policy. They argued that the “umbrella term ‘migrant’ is no longer fit for purpose when it comes to describing the horror unfolding in the Mediterranean. It has evolved from its dictionary...

  • In search of old friend

    In search of old friend

    I am trying to get in touch with an old RAF friend who, I believe, lives in Malta. His name is Michael Hall, who was at RAF Siġġiewi with me in 1963/64. In the photo above he is working on our old Worlesley 8 car at Ta’ Kandia. My e-mail addres is...

  • Żonqor Pandora’s Box

    Malta’s largest ever environmental protest, against the development of a private university in Żonqor had a substantive impact. Subsequently, the government announced the reduction of the footprint of development on ODZ land and, instead, opted to...

  • Old buses were better

    When are we going to finally get a good bus service? I’m really fed up of hearing people complaining about the buses. They talk about malfunctioning air conditioners, others that leak onto the seats and people left to wait on the bus stop for more...

  • Migration dilemma

    Some years ago, I had written a letter to the Times of Malta entitled ‘Combining efforts on illegal immigration’. The context was the then large flow of irregular immigrants that were heading to Malta from Libya. I had suggested two main...

  • Suppression of reason in religious issues

    The forces of Catholic reaction, including lawyers and university professors, came out in full force to “protect” their religion as soon as it was announced that it will no longer be illegal to publicly “vilify” the Catholic religion. This came as...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    Environmental Authority

  • This is no level playing field

    I refer to the article entitled ‘Outsourcing talent’ by Jonathan Cilia , which appeared in a magazine distributed every month with The Sunday Times of Malta. While I would say that the article is well balanced, I cannot understand why he picked up...

  • Finance Minister has a lot to think about

    If, as The Business Observer rightly said, the Finance Minister had much to smile about when he launched the pre-Budget document, he has a lot to think about too. For starters, the minister may perhaps need to update his global economic growth...

  • British losses against the French

    Thomas Zerafa’s letter on Bonaparte in Malta (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 23) was interesting but I noticed he claimed the British occupied Malta without firing a shot. This seems to be a common belief among some people. Yet it is known that...

  • A day in the life of a Maltese Facebooker

    A day in the life of a Maltese Facebooker

    7am. Log on Facebook, upload status: “Good day to all. A nice cup of Jasmine tea and off to work. Bonġu people.” 8am. Upload Googled photo of sunrise in the Caribbean with profound quote: “Everything happens for a reason.” 9am. Husband at work...

  • Have we been had?

    When someone sets a price to a property they wish to sell, they often take into consideration the fact that there will be some bargaining on the price, and so they elevate it accordingly. Likewise, Joseph Muscat has always come across as a great...

  • Bodies of indifference

    Two years ago the Pope warned a congregation of Lampedusans about what he called the “globalisation of indifference”. The occasion was his visit to the island following the deaths of over 300 African migrants at sea. In his words, “in this world...

  • Maltese history malady

    Maltese history malady

    The letter ‘Commemorating September 2, 1798’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 16) by Charles Attard manifests all the symptoms of what Paul Ricoeur calls la maladie d’histoire unfortunately afflicting many Maltese today after two centuries of...

  • The health roadmap to nowhere

    I have been hearing about the bad state of affairs at Mater Dei Hospital for many months. Not hearsay but first-hand accounts by ordinary people distressed at how family members had been treated. However, just how bad things are only became fully...

  • French apology

    The French have never apologised to Malta for what they did when Napoleon Bonaparte invaded our country. The French came to Malta with the sole intention of stealing the treasures of the Order of St John and not to introduce democracy or for the...

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