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  • Tunnel vision

    Tunnel vision

    Can we please stop this silliness about the Gozo tunnel? Nobody seriously believes it is going to happen and it usually only appears as a topic as a distraction when politicians don’t want to talk about more serious issues. Instead, perhaps one of...

  • No common factor

    It is indeed ironic to read Clifford John Williams’ letter (May 24) about hunting offences. Following a spring hunting season devoid of gory pictures of dead birds, complaints, and the likes of  CABS noting a “significant change” due to the...

  • Development with no planning

    In the daily routine of life, we very often tend to overlook certain trespasses, turn a blind eye or even force ourselves to accept the unacceptable, be that traffic violations, building infringements or inadequate consumer affairs. Tolerance can...

  • Small parties, national elections

    A few months ago a group of people were in the process of forming a new political party. The formation of a new party always makes headlines. We have had quite a few in the last 50 years. The PKM (Partit Kommunista Malti), PDM (Partit Demokratiku...

  • Beyond reproach

    Since Justice Minister Owen Bonnici said that accepting a motion of censure against Keith Schembri, the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, would set a “dangerous precedent”, one can now ask whether he (Schembri) is above the law.

  • No freedom without law

    No freedom without law

    Laws are laws. However, we have been taught that laws are there to serve society, to preserve order and regulate the interaction between the individual members of a particular society. Yet, as the great political philosopher John Locke wrote: “The...

  • Choose local produce

    Recently, I came across an excellent reason to both support and purchase local produce: ketchup imported by a Maltese company from Turkey. The list of contents read as follows: 90 per cent water and just three per cent tomato concentrate. Yes,...

  • National interest test

    The double-edged sword of tourism is increasingly coming under the microscope of environmentalists and governments managing tourist-based economies. The main thrust of a recent British study dealt with the dichotomy representing the many economic...

  • Transport frolics

    Once again Transport Malta has, in my opinion, managed to go against all logic, managing to turn Ta’ Xbiex into a maze forus drivers. What was the Transport Malta official thinking when he decided to block the usual exit onto the main road? I am...

  • Very demeaning practice

    Fort St Angelo is the beacon of Cottonera and the soul of Malta. Following recent sensitive and successful restoration works, the dignity of this national symbol of solidity, independence and permanence is now compromised by the occasional use of...

  • Sub-zero concerns

    After the recent shocking revelations about secret accounts and all that, I am really amazed at the Prime Minister’s apparent cold attitude towards the whole thing. I am sure he is intelligent enough to see that the kettle is boiling over and the...

  • Devotional ‘art’

    The Times of Malta carried an article titled ‘The miraculous Redeemer’ (March 24), which included promises of “indulgences” and the description of a “pilgrimage” in Senglea with “a small piece of Jesus’s cross”. I’d like to see this “miraculous”...

  • Elusive card

    Elusive card

    I applied for a Tallinja card on March 29 and, after numerous enquiries and e –mails, I am still waiting for it. I have paid €16 in advance, that is, €6 for the application and €10 top up. They keep sending me e-mails claiming they are looking...

  • Uncultured outburst

    It is indeed regrettable that Mario Philip Azzopardi should barge out of the Manoel Theatre to complain about the band celebrating the feast of St Augustine. There is no excuse for this except perhaps that it was done in a fit of temper. This, in...

  • Time to come together

    Myriam Spiteri Debono in her letter ‘The national interest’ (May 10) said: “It must be acknowledged that the scenario of having two main political parties is very difficult to dislodge”. So she suggested that “one must look at the formation and...

  • Cable TV

    A lady wrote about Melita and all the repeats they screen. Go is just as bad. And they show films older than I am (80). They say you only get what you pay for. Is that why Go has made a profit of €3.5 million? Something must be done. They also...

  • Character assassination?

    Character assassination?

    Another day, another victim. This newspaper just doesn’t know when to stop. First it managed to make Konrad Mizzi squeal he was a victim of trial by media. Now it has made Keith Schembri to snarl about character assassination. Of course, when...

  • In pursuit of a Premier

    These past months have been the start of an annus horribilis for our country. Despite government’s desperate wish to sweep everything under a carpet, the consequences of the Panama Papers affair have left our country’s reputation in tatters and...

  • Care at Mater Dei Hospital

    Care at Mater Dei Hospital

    I am writing from Mater Dei, where for the third time I have been a patient. I wish to encourage the management and all who work there by making some objective comments on a recent article in your paper on admission to Mater Dei Hospital. For 30...

  • Lifeline for the poor among us

    The question has arisen again, this time maybe even more forcefully. Caritas has called for an increase in the minimum wage, over and above cost of living increases. The call follows an intensive study carried out by the Church NGO, which found...

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