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  • Destination death in Malta

    The report on the recent horrendous tragedy on the sea front in Tower Road, Sliema, attracted 173 comments on timesofmalta.com at the time of writing. It is worrying that there were virtually no expressions of outrage at this obscene event. We...

  • MPs’ honoraria

    While reviewing the defunct newspaper Il-Berqa, (December 18, 1947), published for a very long time by Allied Newspapers Ltd, I came across the editor’s comment on the salary of ministers and MPs, approved by the then Legislative Assembly The...

  • Peppi’s puppets

    I never watch the television programme Xarabank but a friend who does told me that last Friday’s programme was, as always when a sensitive issue is discussed, a one-sided panel show. It seems Peppi Azzopardi makes sure the panel members hold his...

  • A warranted declaration by Maltese clergy

    The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, with priests from America, Britain, Australia and Ireland, met in Rome between January 5 and 9 and discussed issues relating to the forthcoming Synod on the Family in response to the Holy Father’s call for...

  • Freedom of expression, but at what cost?

    The atrocities and killing of innocent people in France have shocked the free world and put into question one of the fundamental rights of democracy – freedom of expression. Living in a democratic country and being one who relishes the value of...

  • Marsa golf course is an asset

    Marsa golf course is an asset

    Being an environmentalist, I admire the tenacity of Alan Deidun in defending the diminishing Maltese countryside (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 11). However, the Marsa golf course is now bereft of the mosquito-ridden marsh that spanned an...

  • Artistic monuments should be shifted

    Recently we were regaled by TVM with beautiful images of the statues of Maltese patriots, historians, statesmen, philanthropists and artists lining The Mall in Floriana. These monuments, mostly by famous Maltese sculptors such as the Sciortino...

  • Gridlock and confusion

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the person (I assume from Transport Malta) who planned the major diversion as part of the Salina Coast Road project on January 9. Firstly, for the great idea of making the changes during the Friday...

  • Protecting minorities

    I would like to ask – since some show disgust at the hunting of birds – what is the general feeling about fish suffocating to death after being caught in a net or pulled out of the water once hooked? Are meat eaters conscious of the fact that all...

  • Pino Daniele

    Italian television stations recently paid tribute to the late Neapolitan singer Pino Daniele. Personally, I have not heard much of his songs and so I was intrigued by his massive popularity. In one of the programmes it was pointed out that 200,000...

  • After the Paris attacks

    After the Paris attacks

    Last Sunday’s turnout of almost four million people at a number of rallies in France to protest against the terror attacks in Paris sent out a clear message: France is united and will not budge in its defence of freedom of expression, which is a...

  • Ched Evans and extra time

    The reason I go back to the Ched Evans story has nothing to do with football. It has everything to do with the whole argument of role models and impressionable minds, which I find unbearably sanctimonious and nannying. For whatever it’s worth, my...

  • Exciting times ahead for culture

    Our culture is a construct of who we were, who we are now and who we shall be. We are sparing no effort to cultivate a cultural sector that is vibrant, accessible and sustainable. First and foremost, we want to ensure an ever-stronger awareness of...

  • It’s not just musical chairs

    It’s not just musical chairs

    A cartoon in The Sunday Times of Malta, dated October 27, 1947, shows a queue of women lining up to vote, mostly in modern dress but with one of them still wearing the għonella. This was a historic moment for Maltese women, the day when they came...

  • Is Muscat a ‘Teflon’ Prime Minister?

    Ronald Reagan, the former US President, was the first politician to be called by his detractors ‘the Teflon President’. The nickname was coined by Patricia Schroeder, then a Democrat Congresswoman, who reflected on how a plethora of scandals...

  • Vote for birds, not bullets

    Over on the social media battlegrounds, Nationalist Party whip David Agius has girded his loins and marched out to vanquish all that is terrible. For Agius, one of the evils threatening our world seems to be the bezzun or baguette offered by Air...

  • Are all lives equally sacred?

    In Florida, Jose Gomez’s mother was nagging him to put some boxes in the attic. On New Year’s Eve, having had enough, he beheaded her and stuffed her body in a garbage bag. He then calmly confessed to the police. Fox News chose to ignore the...

  • Islanders

  • Why are doors becoming narrower?

    Why are doors becoming narrower?

    I am a winter worrier. In summer, my only troubles are choosing the best beach to go to avoid wind and jellyfish, but even that has been solved with the very convenient Whichbeach website that I check the minute I wake up and plan my day. In...

  • Burlò

    Burlò

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