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  • Internet tax

    I wonder how much profit GO has made this summer from requiring us to pay an additional €5 each time we top up with a mobile data bundle. The cost of a bundle comes out of our post-tax top-up balance. The minimum top-up denomination is €5, meaning...

  • Homosexuality not a disease

    Patrick Pullicino’s  opinion piece on today’s issue of the newspaper (read here: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20150826/opinion/the-ethics-of-gay-conversion.581963) shocked and disgusted me. Masquerading as an objective analysis of...

  • The ethics of gay conversion

    Oregon recently became the third state in the USA to ban “gay conversion therapy”. Governor Kate Brown, the first openly bisexual governor, signed the law in May. President Obama called for a national ban on the practice. His senior adviser said:...

  • Żonqor decision still unacceptable

    Joseph Muscat’s government is laying the foundation stone for what could eventually lead to the destruction of one of the few remaining stretches of virgin coastal areas. In deciding to allow the building of part of a new university at Żonqor, the...

  • The Sunni-Shia schism

    The Sunni-Shia schism

    The internal division within Islam between the Sunni and Shia sects lies at the heart of the current maelstrom in the Middle East. Unless we understand this aspect, we cannot grasp the geo-politics of the region, or find solutions to them. In...

  • Graves at St John’s are sacred

    The St John’s Cathedral Foundation President Philip Farrugia Randon regaled us with a rather patronising and very contradictory letter about the latest project (August 15). First he states that the remains of the knights who died in the Great...

  • Security for BOV Electrogas loan

    Security for BOV Electrogas loan

    “The agreement is the security.” This is what the Minister of Finance said during a press conference when asked what security Bank of Valletta (BOV) will hold when the government withdraws its temporary guarantee after the agreement is signed. The...

  • Local TV on a Sunday

    Flipping through our local TV stations on a Sunday evening, time and time again I can’t help noticing the mediocrity of the shows they’re feeding people; it’s all so downright lame. First I watched L-Oskur, which features a bunch of supposedly...

  • Slummy Sliema

    In recent letters to the editor, Lino Briguglio and others compared Sliema to a bazaar. I would go further and say that if the Sliema local council does not take control of the situation it will turn into a slum or a second Paceville! Trading...

  • Bishop’s healing pastoral letter (1)

    Bishop’s healing pastoral letter (1)

    The recent pastoral letter, issued on the occasion of the feast of the Assumption by Gozo Bishop Mario Grech, entitled Balm of Mercy for the Family, was soaked in God’s mercy. As Bishop Grech rightly wrote: “God’s mercy... is at the heart of...

  • Sharing credit for economic progress

    When will the Finance Minister stop treating the pre-budget document as a propaganda tool for his party in government? Some of the statements and remarks Edward Scicluna makes would give the distinct impression to anyone unaware of the Malta...

  • Bishop’s healing pastoral letter (2)

    In his pastoral letter on the occasion of the feast of the Assumption, Mgr Mario Grech said, among other things: “Some of the pastors, like Basil of Caesarea, received back in the fold also those who, when they had abjured their baptism,...

  • Fiddling as Libya burns

    The West, the so-called international community, has done nothing but to allow Isis to grow from a small cell to a mass movement in Libya which, Britain conceded last week, it might take only foreign air strikes to stop. The British ambassador’s...

  • Public officials’ utter silence

    The mayor of St Paul’s Bay has been criticised for what a corres-pondent (August 13) claims to be her “utter silence and inertia” as a result of her not replying to his email to her of July 17. I agree that all correspondence should, initially, be...

  • When ‘€5’ gets you less

    GO’s corporate Facebook page states that they are offering 1Gb of mobile data for the price of €5. This is, unfortunately, not true as topping up €5 gives you €4.81 in ‘credit euros’ which are not enough to pay for the 1Gb of mobile data. It is...

  • It’s official, we’re banana

    It’s official, we’re banana

    What a sneak this Labour government has turned out to be, and such a spoilsport too. If only government ministers took a joint vacation and left these islands in peace for some time, then some of us would be able to get some sleep. Instead they...

  • Two burning issues

    The ordinary magisterium of the Catholic Church teaches that contraception goes against Natural Law. While responsible parenthood is good, not all the means used to attain it are morally lawful. Contraceptives are intrinsically evil. “Legitimate...

  • Still waiting for resident card

    I became a Maltese citizen in October 2014. I arrived in Malta from Australia on March 2015 for a six-month stay. I applied for a visa on April 16, 2015 and was told I would receive my resident card within one month. Five months later, after...

  • Reason for Great Siege

    Was the Great Siege of 1565 against the Christians or against the Order of St John? The order had been expelled from everywhere that it had occupied. Before coming to Malta, against the will of the Maltese, there had been booted out of Rhodes and...

  • Excellent war museum

    Excellent war museum

    On the occasion of the feast of Santa Marija I availed myself of the opportunity given by Heritage Malta to visit the newly established Fort St Elmo and the National War Museum. I was, to put it mildly, very impressed with the Museum which must...

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