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  • It’s a shame!

    It is disgraceful that garbage bags should be placed on the doorsteps of the poet Dun Karm’s former house, in Old Bakery Street, Valletta. Those responsible should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Female sexual responsibility

    A blogger on timesofmalta.com criticises James Calvert for saying that rapes are committed over weekends because people are too drunk to remember and goes on to lament: “What does that say about society? Does it mean that just because a...

  • Same cards

    No matter how many times one may decider to shuffle a pack of cards, ultimately one always ends up with some cards that still belong to the same pack.

  • See marriage as a service

    See marriage as a service

    According to the Archbishop’s Curia, 1,387 Church marriages were registered in Malta last year. We hope all these marriages will be successful and that none of them end up in a separation. But is this possible? In my view, it is. The basic rule to...

  • Dedicated young man

    I would like to humbly make a suggestion to the local council of Żebbuġ, in Gozo. May I ask the mayor and the council members to consider bestowing an honorary award on a young man, Nicholas Cassar, who hails from the same locality and who is in...

  • Soup kitchens in an affluent society

    The latest survey conducted by the National Statistics Office on income and living conditions in Malta has once again underlined a disturbing trend that refuses to go away. In 2013, practically one in four of the population was at-risk-of-poverty...

  • Referendum is about the common good

    Josef Camilleri, president of Malta Pyrotechnic Association, in a reaction to the holding of a referendum on spring hunting, insisted that it was not correct in a democracy to deny a group of people their enjoyment and pastime simply because they...

  • A moral not political choice

    A moral not political choice

    The Maltese are not gullible. They have been indoctrinated to appreciate democracy. This principle allows them freedom of choice. They are also influenced by conscience that guides them in the principles of life, especially when that involves...

  • President’s powers

    Because Alfred Griscti (January 19) ‘reiterates’ something does not make it correct and he is still totally wrong when he says that “the Presidency is not part of the Executive (the government) and, as such, it has no executive (that is,...

  • Irresponsible declaration

    Simon Busuttil declared that he is in favour of spring hunting. This is an irresponsible act and I believe that his statement will damage the Nationalist Party. He is seen by many, especially among the uneducated masses, as a role model. His...

  • Obesity and complications

    Tackling obesity (also in childhood) on a national scale, with legislation, is very much easier said than done. For a start, as Monday’s leader on Times of Malta pointed out, the definition of ‘junk’ or ‘fast’ foods is the subject of much...

  • Terrorism: what we know

    Terrorism: what we know

    Last week, three Libyan youths were casually and brutally murdered, their throats slit, in Libya’s western interior. The killers form part of a group of jihadists that had earlier slaughtered a score of soldiers and bystanders. The jihadists...

  • Another face of Islam

    Another face of Islam

    We have grown accustomed to reading news items that depict Islamic fanatics at their worst. They seem to embody the very essence of what modern terrorism embraces. We see them crashing commercial planes into the Twin Towers in New York; bombing...

  • Those obsolete rent laws

    I congratulate Times of Malta for the leader ‘The archaic rent laws that need changing’ (January 3) which practically inaugurated the New Year. Over the last 45 years or so, I have written at least 17 researched articles as well as numerous...

  • When one is more than 99

    I have never been good at maths. But I know that ninety nine is bigger than one. But now I have my doubts. When today (Wednesday 21) the rich and the powerful start their annual meeting at the exclusive ski resort at Davos they will be faced by...

  • Requiem for transparency

    A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both– James Madison (1751-1836, fourth US president). It was once said that sunlight is the best disinfectant. In...

  • 200 years as guardian of public purse

    Public accounts do not usually attract widespread public attention unless they show a dangerous trend in the country’s finances. Even the Budget can get a cool reception unless any particular measure, such as a tax increase, hits the pocket. Most...

  • Barbarism... freedom

    Barbarism... freedom

    New York 9/11, London 7/7, the Madrid train explosion, and Paris 7/1. The roll-call continues. The attacks in Paris have demonstrated clearly that the free and democratic nations of the West are engaged in a long war with Islamist extremists.

  • Ruining Maltese and English too

    Henry Frendo’s article contained valid arguments and good sense (January 8). The deterioration of standards in language studies in both Maltese and English is the result of bizarre methods of teaching and wrong linguistic theories, especially the...

  • Life in its full potential

    Life in its full potential

    Tomorrow marks the 42nd anniversary of the controversial 1973 judgment Roe versus Wade in which the supreme court in the US legalised abortion, invalidating anti-abortion laws throughout the country. Prior to this ruling, abortion was prohibited...

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