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  • Age of dogma is over

    It is being touted that apart from ill-health in the regrettable resignation of the charming ever-smiling Archbishop Paul Cremona, the divorce and/or civil union issues were also major contributing factors. If so, the more’s the pity. I ...

  • Commuting by bicycle needs to be further encouraged

    Transport Malta’s CEO James Piscopo hints at strategies and measures for the country’s ailing transport network, (‘Traffic is no perception’, The Sunday Times of Malta, October 19). The blogs were immediately alive with calls for underground and...

  • Eden cinemas

    I remember my first visit to the Eden cinemas, the film was Jurassic Park and we were awed by the atmosphere, comfortable seats, vision and sound, especially when compared with Valletta’s previous ‘talkies’, which ended in a sorry state. However,...

  • St Pius V for V18

    St Pius V for V18

    Is there a possibility of bringing over the body of St Pius V for the celebration of V18 in Malta? It is at Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. I think all Maltese would be happy if this were possible. After all, St Pius V helped Valletta and the Maltese.

  • Priest’s removal was illogical

    Parishioners of Lija have noted with considerable disbelief that one of the last actions of Paul Cremona as Archbishop was the transfer, out of the village, of our popular and hardworking parish priest; an action carried out just three days before...

  • Rent out legal boathouses

    First the Armier boathouses got their smart meters, now it’s the turn of the St Thomas Bay favelas. While the government’s intention to supply the meters to eradicate electricity theft is good I still think all governments, past and present, have...

  • Malta’s youths have got talent

    Malta’s entry for the upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Diamonds, sung by the inimitable mezzo-soprano Federica Falzon, is a fabulous song. What an interpretation, what a voice, what talent! Falzon’s participation follows Gaia Cauchi’s...

  • Gradual reform of the Church

    Gradual reform of the Church

    As the Catholic bishops’ synod at the Vatican concluded last week most news organisations focused on the fact that the bishops had ‘rejected’ proposals for wider acceptance of gay people, as well as the suggestion that divorced and remarried...

  • Dangerous roadworks

    A few days ago, two vehicles collided head-on near Lija cemetery, obviously causing extensive damage to both. The place has been in complete darkness for months on end, and still is, even though roadworks are taking place on one lane and the other...

  • Excessive delay to clear cheque

    Upon receipt of my Visa statement I noticed a discrepancy of €100, representing the amount via a foreign cheque which I sent along with my payment. I sought to enquire immediately as to the reason for this lacuna. A very efficient lady clerk...

  • Price of fuel

    It is no news that the price of oil and fuel has plummeted these last few weeks, yet local prices at the pumps have remained the same since May and will remain so until the end of the year to ensure fuel ‘price stability’. Of course, people are...

  • Pensions: No to second pillar

    The second pillar, if implemented, would compel citizens to take on a private pension scheme independently of any government involvement except its acceptance. I consider this to be conceptually faulty. It would be like imposing private medical...

  • The sweet shall not inherit the earth

    So now we know. The Catholic Church in Malta was not ready for its first woman bishop. I’ve lost count of the number of references to Mgr Paul Cremona’s ‘ħlewwa’ in this past week of post-mortem sugaring. ‘Ħlewwa’ translates as ‘sweetness’. It is...

  • Five things we need from Busuttil’s speech

    This morning, PN leader Simon Busuttil must get noticed for the right reasons. He must ensure that his speech, at the Nationalist Party’s political convention, is an unqualified success. The task at hand is for Busuttil to sell himself as a...

  • An open letter to the Pope

    Dear Pope Francis, as Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona leaves the helm of the Church in Malta to pave the way for you to appoint his successor, please allow me to address an open letter to you as a humble member of the Church in Malta. I would...

  • Labour and indirect taxation

    The draft of next year’s Budget sent to the European Commission features a further shift from direct to indirect taxation, although it does not involve raising VAT. It proposes to increase revenue from indirect taxation such as levies on consumer...

  • The drama of debates

    It’s been a week of high drama in Parliament. During the debate about Enemalta and whether we would be getting a spanking new power station as promised, Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi made the big reveal – only it wasn’t the one we were expecting.

  • A new majority for change

    The Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, during one of the press conferences held during the synod which was concluded on October 18, was asked (no surprise for guessing!) about the growing number of cohabiting couples and the way...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    Roll on my favourite week of the year – halloween. I was going to revisit my annual ‘scariest films to indulge in for Halloween’ post, but then I decided to swap the word ‘films’ for ‘books’. Chances are that said books will soon be turned to film...

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