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  • A better world

    As a Christian, I believe in a commitment to the common good that will make our world a better place for present and future generations. In my opinion, the common good is based on three fundamental principles: Respect for human dignity. Respect...

  • Unacceptable response time

    I would like to inform the police and the health services that, last week, an accident occurred on Tower Road, Sliema (near the Diplomat Hotel) in which a man was hit by a car and the response time of both the police and the ambulance exceeded 15...

  • Forgotten anniversary

    Among the numerous national events we are commemorating this year, one has not been duly given much importance. The Treaty of Paris was signed on May 30, 1814, ending the war between France and the Sixth Coalition, which had commenced as the...

  • Understanding inclusion

    Recently, the Ministry of Education commissioned the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education to carry out a much-needed review of its policies on inclusion. Malta has, for some years, committed itself to inclusive...

  • Welcome EU roaming charges ban

    The outgoing members of the European Parliament delivered an important gift to EU citizens: they voted 534 to 25 to ban all roaming charges in the EU as of December 15, 2015. This is a significant step in the protection of consumers of telecom...

  • This is not a spade

    It doesn’t take fate, these days, to end up in the company of people who take pride in calling a spade a spade. A minute into their rant, though, it becomes apparent that anything they can wave their arms at is a spade: shovels, trowels, rakes,...

  • Double marriages

    I refer to the article entitled ‘New President has link to Russia’s royal family’ (April 4). Charles Said Vassallo did not mention that the famous Russian ballerina, Princess Natalie Poutiatine, double married the Maltese, Edgar Tabone. They...

  • Abolish the presidency

    There is definite lack of clarity regarding the presidency and its power. The political events witnessed a few weeks ago seemed to confirm the widespread perception that the presidency is a (costly) ceremonial post where members of one’s political...

  • Chance to shape EU’s future

    As the European Parliament ac­quired greater powers in the EU’s legislative procedure, so did EU citizens who directly elect their representatives. Indeed, in a few weeks’ time, 500 million EU citizens will have the power to decide who will be...

  • Is it Floriana or Furjana?

    Why on earth does the book on Floriana, written by respected author Alessandru Bonnici, carry the title Il-Floriana? I was born and bred in Floriana and, at my advanced age, still have a special feeling for the place but I would never say “Jien...

  • Students against priority boarding

    A priority boarding system is to be introduced by Gozo Channel Company that runs the ferry service between Malta and its sister island. It’s an option that probably many would welcome with open arms. If you are a tourist and have a plane to board,...

  • Half truths

    In his letter ‘Natural born blockers’ (March 28), Joseph Farrugia tries to depict a negative picture of the founding members of the Nationalist Party. He tries to imply that the then Nationalists were trying to block the progress in the supply of...

  • President’s conscience

    In her letter ‘Rights of conscience’ (April 5), Margaret Bianchi took me to task in the matter of former president, George Abela’s overweening conscience for failing to differentiate between the “perspectives of this world” compared with the...

  • What we learnt from Patti Smith

    For those who don't necessarily follow the arts scene, yesterday night was (yet another) one for the books in terms of music, with the legendary Patti Smith giving a two-hour intimate concert to a packed hall at University. I won't be doing my...

  • Driving better in some ways

    On my recent annual trip to the island I was pleasantly surprised to notice that, thanks to EU funds, many things seem to be improving from year to year. I say year to year and not day to day as change is better observed at long intervals, rather...

  • The overuse of plastic

    As little as a generation ago, the culture of disposable goods was on a much smaller scale than it is nowadays. This photo was taken in an abandoned house in Żabbar. Glass bottles, reusable containers and some other packaging materials can easily...

  • Encroachment in Xlendi

    I refer to the letters entitled ‘Anarchy in Xlendi’ (March 26) and ‘Gozo is great but shame about Xlendi’ (April 5). I have been instructed by the Xlendi administrative committee and the Munxar local council to write the following. Any...

  • Mayday– Brian calling

    Last weekend I met one of the greatest campaigners for conservation and wild-life. We talked about the terrible situation with badger culling in the UK and the situation regarding spring hunting on Malta. We also talked about what he is most...

  • When country came first

    The outgoing president’s tenure was an overwhelming success which, in turn, was brought about by the courage of former prime minister Lawrence Gonzi who appointed George Abela from the then Opposition camp (something that, to my knowledge, was a...

  • Silver lining at the bank

    Some weeks ago, I wrote in this column about the bad experience I had when I assisted my sister-in-law at the Żejtun HSBC branch to open a savings account so she could start receiving the widow’s pension. After my letter appeared, the Żejtun...

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