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  • Communicating the family

    A tree without roots is a dead tree and a person without the family is a person without life. No one can live without the family. Everybody needs a family because the family is the right environment where to love and be loved, to live, to grow, to...

  • Addressing the challenges of ageing

    In recent decades, the role of older people changed as a result of falling fertility, lengthening life expectancy and the growing proportion of older people in society. The traditional image of older people killing time by frequenting church...

  • Three stooges and clowns

    Three stooges and clowns

    I remember, as a young slip of a lad, not being overly impressed by The Three Stooges. It was probably a cultural thing, don’t you know, my being of an Anglo-Saxon bent when it comes to humour, rather like our dearly beloved Premier Joseph...

  • Deficiency in medical care

    In his statement on St Vincent de Paul GPs (May 9), Charles Messina states that “the different and much better conditions compared to 10 resident doctors could only cause ‘bad blood and demotivation’”. While I totally agree with what he had to...

  • We don’t need your 'education'

    We don’t need your 'education'

    We are being treated to a news snippet in a rather zealous tone, orchestrated by our very own Prime Minister. Expecting us to dance ecstatically in gratitude, we have been told that a so-called American University of Malta is planning to set up...

  • CHOGM role on migration

    The sterling and ongoing work by Moas, Doctors Without Borders and others to save migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean should not mask the abject failure of major international institutions to deal with this long-standing humanitarian...

  • Mellieħa bay development

    How shocking to read the article (May 7) regarding the proposed development of a new hotel on the existing Costa del Sol site, within Mellieħa Bay. It is totally disgusting. The building will spoil the views of the beach area and the access ...

  • George Cross and the flag (1)

    George Cross and the flag (1)

    I have met Charles Xuereb several times. He is a thoroughly decent man and a leading researcher into the brief, but doomed, French period in Malta. His letter of May 12, titled ‘George Cross as symbol on the flag’, shows he is obsessed with the...

  • George Cross and the flag (2)

    I admire the misplaced resilience of Charles Xuereb in combating a lost argument long ago buried. The annals of history, Maltese, British and French, record the truth. The award of the George Cross had no sinister implication of either religion or...

  • Archbishop Charles Scicluna’s green agenda

    It is very clear that Archbishop Charles Scicluna, who celebrated his birthday today, has a green agenda. He spoke clearly during the ‘hunting in spring’ referendum. He was not against hunting as such, but against hunting birds on their way to...

  • A universal tale of grab grab grab

    I’m never perfectly sure if we live in a bubble, a gold-fish bowl or if we truly have fallen into the widest hole ever dreamt about by the fabulists. When Gonzi the horror ruled with a majority of one, a couple of party mavericks went insane...

  • From the mind to the heart

    During my first year at university I was invited to a silent retreat at Mount St Joseph Retreat House. I was quite reluctant, at first, but I decided to sign up nonetheless. It was during this retreat that I started to appreciate the importance of...

  • Unable to vote

    Obviously, I do not know why Catherine Cole (‘Right to vote’, May 11) is not able to vote in the UK general elections and I am very surprised that foreign nationals are entitled to vote in the UK. The position as I understand it, speaking as...

  • Pavements in a bad state

    Pavements have always meant to be used for the safety of pedestrians. Yet, I feel much safer walking on roads, in spite of some bad drivers, than risking life and limb on the bad pavements we have, many of which have garage ramps you can...

  • Greek-EU divorce

    When things go completely out of hand in a bad marriage, divorce is one way to end it. However, divorce is always costly! The costs involved would be enormous and there can be no doubt that Greek exit from the eurozone would be costly both for...

  • Unsightly car at new parliament

    Unsightly car at new parliament

    The new entrance to Valletta, including the modern parliament building, is majestic and interesting. It is a relief to see the area clear of building material and rough engines at last. The parliamentarians must be very proud to be using such a...

  • Of zebras and rainbows

    Of zebras and rainbows

    The decision to paint over the zebra crossings in Floriana and Victoria solicited a few contributions in the columns of this newspaper that went far beyond the aesthetics of whether the colours of the rainbow were prettier than the black and white...

  • Facing impending water crisis

    Malta is among the most water-stressed countries in the world. Its groundwater reserves are being depleted and they are severely affected by both nitrate pollution and increasing salinity – consequences of largely unregulated human activities. For...

  • Antoine Cachia Caruana

    Antoine Cachia Caruana

    Antoine Cachia Caruana, who has just died aged 87, was one of the most remarkable and justifiably one of the most successful headmasters of St Edward’s College, who saw the school grow dramatically under his leadership during some of the most...

  • Natural park is a bad deal

    Since the first week of May, information about the American University of Malta has been gradually trickling out to the public. At the initial announcement, the Prime Minister indicated that a natural park would also be set up in the vicinity of...

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