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  • Possibly abortifacient

    I refer to Martin Scicluna’s article on the morning after pill (July 13). The title ‘Ovarian Obsessions’ is disparaging, the right-to-life lobby are “a rag-bag”, and the priests who have contributed to the discussion are “sundry clerics”. Scicluna...

  • Unjust fines

    Unjust fines

    I feel compelled to protest publicly about the service of local wardens, particularly in Mdina. I twice received a notice of contravention within six weeks, claiming that my vehicle road licence is not properly affixed on the left-hand side of the...

  • The right not to be vilified

    The countries in Europe that continue to proscribe the vilification of religion, whichever that may be, do not do so out of religious piety or hardly on any moral considerations. The main butress in their argument for the criminal offence of such...

  • Takeover bid

    Reference is made to the news report ‘Investors are demanding details on GO takeover’ (July 21). This report states that “This newspaper has reported that both the MCA and the Tunisian Parliament are investigating claims of conflict of interest in...

  • Courts back serious journalists

    In the space of three months, two magistrates stood firm in protecting journalists’ sources and, thus, defend freedom of the press, an essential ingredient in any thriving democracy. The subject matter in the two cases varied considerably. One...

  • A language-disabled generation

    There were recently two separate, but ultimately related, news reports about the Maltese language. One was on the alarming decline in Maltese fluency among students (June 20) and the other on the long-awaited decisions on how English loanwords...

  • Summer of discontent

    Summer of discontent

    Writing in the British newspaper The Guardian, Philippe Marlière, professor of French and European politics at University College, London, described the reaction by French President François Hollande to the Bastille Day terrorist attack in Nice as...

  • What they won’t tell you

    Those who do not believe in science need not continue reading. This article is aimed at those who value science, logic, responsibility and love. Having an unplanned or unwanted baby whether it’s because of rape, out of wedlock or in marriage or...

  • Creating the digital community

    The digital economy is an area with untappedpotential for both the European Union and Ukraine. Digital technologies, services and systems are of vital importance for social development and can create growth and jobs in all areas of economy from...

  • Pavements are for people

    As a driver, I have been wondering why so many pedestrians prefer to risk their lives by walking under the pavement rather than on it. I think I now know the reason. The majority of pavements that were originally meant for pedestrians (of all ages...

  • Marsalforn damage

    Marsalforn damage

    The inclement weather we experienced lately again highlighted the vulnerability of Marsalforn Bay to northerly winds. The complete destruction of the breakwater has exposed this popular tourist resort to gigantic waves, which, year in year out,...

  • Top-class treatment

    I needed to go to Gozo polyclinic in Victoria for blood tests. I was given prompt and caring attention by the staff from the moment I walked in right to the last minute I was there. The doctor was so helpful too. I am a type of person who, due to...

  • Exported politics

    I wish every success to the Consul on the Move programme and to Lawrence Dimech in particular. He has been at the forefront where Maltese interests in Australia are concerned. He says he is apprehensive about partisan politics being imposed on...

  • So sad and in bad taste

    The article ‘Saved by a fistful of dollars’ (July 16) about the Maltese priest living in Nice was really in bad taste. I am sure the picture of Fr Paul Sammut, smiling on the saddest day in the history of Nice, didn’t go down well with...

  • Need of quantum leap in efficiency

    Politicians on the government’s side talk so much about the good state of the economy that they are almost making people believe there can be no hiccups so long as Labour is in power. Of course, it is foolhardy for anyone to think that the...

  • For more resilient children

    The relationship between education, families and poverty is well documented and researched. Many Maltese students are being failed by the system and bear the consequences all their lives. I write this opinion piece in my capacity as a parent and a...

  • The safe buccaneers

    The safe buccaneers

    The world woke up last Thursday to find that the UK’s new Prime Minister, Theresa May, had made Boris Johnson the new Foreign Secretary. Granted, now we have proof that office’s stature is diminished: Johnson will have to share Chevening,...

  • Vital national interest

    Malta and Ireland both have close bonds with the UK. The result of the recent referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the European Union was an unwelcome outcome and poses major challenges for the Union and the UK.  The Irish government,...

  • Controversial Lija flats

    I refer to the report on the controversial Lija flats permit (July 14). To call it “controversial” is an understatement. The Lija local council, NGOs Din l-Art Ħelwa and Flimkien Għal Ambjent Aħjar, and all the neighbours (except the owner of the...

  • Permit application

    Reference is made to the article ‘PA revokes permit after making mistake’ (July 15). The article insinuates that the revocation of the planning permit held by applicant John Bonello, for the development of a kiosk in Paceville, may ‘benefit’...

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