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  • The real ALS challenge

    Times of Malta journalist Ariadne Massa has asked me to “be a sport” and take the ice bucket challenge. There is nothing that would make me happier than to take up the gauntlet and participate in this commendable cause. The ALS ice bucket...

  • Public service putting on weight

    When other countries are working hard to make their public administration leaner, Malta appears to be heading in the opposite direction. Latest official figures show a sharp rise in the number of workers engaged in the public sector, a matter that...

  • Risks to land and water

    The ‘count’ of Monte Cristo wrote a letter of apology to our dear father and by divine condescension this father welcomed him back in the fold. It bore fruit because the Head of State opened a show there. Recently, a very old carob tree from...

  • A time-bomb to set off or defuse

    Turks are accusing Syrian refugees of knife attacks, sexual harassment and looting. Scuffles have ensued. The same is happening in other countries too. Groups of different ethnicity, nationality, culture and religion can, when mixed, lead to...

  • Voting with one’s head

    Josephine Vella (August 19) missed the point of the ‘logic vs emotion’ argument that I made in a recent television programme. I was referring to the thousands of people who used to vote for the Nationalist Party and who switched to Labour or...

  • No resit

    The government is giving schoolchildren who failed their exams another chance. Spare a though for us messengers. They sent for us, at the age of 55, to take an exam on which depended a promotion. Most of us did not pass for a few points. We did...

  • This is PN’s ‘moment of trust’

    This is PN’s ‘moment of trust’

    It is a fact that in recent years there has been a radical change in Maltese society. The rush to modernise appears to be unstoppable. Frank Psaila’s underlying premise (‘The right man for the job’, August 18) is that the Nationalist Party may win...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    Nothing to do with lateral thinking!

  • Pouring cold water on Ice Bucket Challenge

    The Ice Bucket Challenge has taken over the Western world, and perhaps a little bit more. It is the ‘in’ or hip thing to do. Truth be told, I am not really impressed by what is happening. So I will take the risk of being accused of not being a...

  • Why do we still work half days?

    It’s hot in Malta, which is one of the reasons many foreigners have chosen to live here. And what is often pleasant at this time of the year is to step inside a shop or an office where air-conditioning is running in order to enjoy a brief respite...

  • No way to compensate for power cuts

    I have followed the events surrounding the major power cuts that affected much of Malta with interest. My reason for writing is to share my own understandings of such incidents while I worked for British Telecommunications in the UK. Margaret...

  • The problem with subtitles

    Mark Anthony Falzon’s article ‘Jien jisimni Bond, James Bond’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 17) makes some interesting points on the perception of the Maltese regarding the dubbing and subtit­ling of films – processes that are part of...

  • Association funds

    With reference to my letter under the same heading published on August 9, I was informed that the two officials responsible have been forced to resign. It was also decided that, henceforth, dealings with hoteliers, restaurateurs, caterers and...

  • How to make Mass experience better

    How to make Mass experience better

    I refer to the article by Fr Joe Borg in The Sunday Times of Malta (August 17). I will refrain from entering into the fray of the Church leadership, which is known to be in disarray by most. I will, however, comment on the solutions behind making...

  • Lethargy in worship

    I read with interest Fr Joe Borg’s comments about the leadership of the Catholic Church. No one person can be held responsible for the Church’s decline. Overall leadership by example is required by everybody, from priests to archbishops. This is...

  • Fix the sound quality in our churches

    I refer to Fr Joe Borg’s contribution in your columns, particularly to his reference to sloppy homilies and mediocre reading of the Word of God. First and foremost, the business of the Church is to speak out the Word of God. The basis of this is...

  • Fr Joe Borg and the Church

    I admit that I never read Fr Joe Borg’s contributions as I feel he is too prejudiced, but his opinion piece last Sunday was given great prominence. His criticism of the Church administration can only be taken with a pinch of salt. I am sure he...

  • Plight of the Christians

    I agree with Mgr Charles Vella regarding last Sunday’s article over the plight of Christians in Iraq and Syria. I’m sure the vast majority expected the homily to include a message by the Archbishop reminding the faithful to remember the persecuted...

  • Mistakes in Maltese

    Alfred Brincat (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 17) rightly pointed out some common mistakes that have taken root among the population, like the wrong use of ‘għalfejn’ instead of ‘għaliex’ (why). However, something that irks me and probably...

  • Thank you Malta

    I have just returned from a wonderful holiday in your beautiful island where I visited my family and our precious granddaughter, who are now settled in Malta. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all concerned for such a hospitable...

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