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  • Patter of conscience

    In the week in which civil unions were legalised, and gay couples were officially permitted to apply to adopt, there must be several politicians, on both sides of the adoption divide, who can see themselves reflected in the words of Martin Luther...

  • Curing those we wounded

    On Maundy Thursday, Christ instituted two great sacraments: the Eucharist and the ministerial priesthood. Both of them are interrelated and cause each other to come into being. In his first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis...

  • Whipping Politicians

    Last Monday, Malta became the 22nd European country to recognise same-sex unions and the 10th to allow gay couples to adopt. As happy as I am that we’ve finally made it into in the 21st century on the right side of history, I’ve also come to...

  • Exploitation of new graduates

    I read recently in this newspaper about the sick leave abuse. There is another side to the matter – employer abuse. Young graduates are being made to work exceedingly long hours with no extra pay, the excuse being they have a good salary. These...

  • Mġarr road project

    The Mġarr local council refers to the article that appeared on April 10 about the decision taken by the Mepa tribunal on the embellishment of the road leading to the Mġarr cemetery. This project was planned several years ago during the fifth...

  • Citadel cinema still hibernates

    On March 31, 2013, the last film for the public was screened at the Citadel cinema, in Victoria, with the hope, and a written promise, that it would be reopening after the upgrading. The film was Les Miserables (the musical phenomenon). It was a...

  • Service pension case drags on

    In March of last year, it was reported in this newspaper that Malta had been taken to court over service pensions on grounds that the country’s legislation does not conform to European Union social security rules. Was there any progress regarding...

  • The Chinese takeover

    When the Greeks laid siege to Troy they never expected to find such heroic resistance. However, they managed to overthrow the Trojans by means of a stratagem using a wooden horse. The inhabitants just fell for this trick even though an old...

  • Lack of cashiers

    On Thursday, I went to the Mosta Bank of Valletta branch to cash a cheque. It took me about 90 minutes to do this! For most of the time there was only one cashier serving a large number of customers and, unbelievable but very true, for a...

  • Hunters and xenophobia

    Last week, world renowned guitarist and animal rights campaigner Brian May had the temerity to criticise Malta’s primitive attitude to birds and our so-called tradition of bird-hunting and trapping. The hunters’ reaction and, disappointingly, that...

  • Flying blind in educational reform

    Few could dispute the fact that our educational system has been underperforming for more than four decades as evidenced by Malta’s very low placing in the EU league of educational achievement for students leaving secondary school. It is therefore...

  • Was it a futile protest gesture?

    The article ‘A discordant swansong’, by Martin Scicluna (April 2,), raises a few points which require some further reflection. Scicluna has it with President Emeritus George Abela for having refused to sign the Civil Unions Bill when he was in...

  • An act of political bullying

    Yesterday the Government capriciously denied the country a unanimous vote in favour of civil unions for the gay community. A unanimous vote was within reach but the government was determined not to let it be. This was an act of political bullying...

  • Everyone’s win

    It felt good yesterday to be present during such a historical moment for Malta. Equal rights for everyone, and an inclusive society are two causes that have always been close to my heart, and not just with respect to gay issues but across the...

  • Editorial: PN has chosen the worst option

    The Nationalist Party could have voted against the Civil Unions Bill last night. Or voted in favour. Or given its MPs a free vote. It did none of these things; it instead chose to take the worst possible route: abstention. Let’s take the options...

  • Sedqa stand on drugs

    I refer to the editoral ‘Drug addiction and law reform’ (April 9). Aġenzija Sedqa would like to make the clarifications below. The editorial said that “Sedqa, the rehabilitation agency entrusted with drafting the national drug policy…”. Aġenzija...

  • Worth a thousand words

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the photograph on page three in the Times of Malta (April 7), would need several libraries to accommodate all the books it would generate. If the photographer who took the picture was also the only...

  • Calleja the ambassador

    Very well done to Joseph Calleja. He has not only made a good name for himself internationally but also for Malta, being its number one ambassador wherever he performs. He deserves every Maltese title bestowed on him.

  • President’s conscience

    We are now being proposed a president of Malta without a conscience in matters constitutional. As things are, the formal appointment of a president entails a solemn ceremony wherein the person appointed takes an oath and kisses the Cross. Is this...

  • A professional gentleman

    With the passing away of Victor Griffiths, Malta, and especially Maltese medicine, has lost a man of the highest calibre. I crossed paths with Griffiths at several stages of my surgical training and at all times I was impressed by two of his many...

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