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  • Traffic control

    It has been reported that there was an increase of some 29 per cent in traffic accidents. So, if I may ask, what are the authorities doing about this? The only warped control is parking but even this is done at random and on an unjustified...

  • Smokers

    People who go to restaurants probably keep twiddling their thumbs till the food comes. Others, like myself, have a smoke while people cower away in case they become passive smokers. Why should us smokers be deprived of doing something we know is...

  • Unsightly antennae

    Unsightly antennae

    We have spent millions on the entrance to our capital city and I think we should be spending a few hundred to remove the ghastly and unneeded antennae atop the government flats.

  • Nationalismis back

    In a globalised era, even countries as big as the US, France and Germany can feel small. And this is why politicians like Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen and Austrian presidential hopeful Norbert Hofer are so in fashion.  In a number of European...

  • Beyond the law and ethics

    Fascinating, isn’t it, how successive governments have been so diligent when it comes to closing loopholes through which common people might be able to pay less taxes, but when it comes to big money they leave gaping chasms large enough to drive...

  • A beacon of hope

    In the midst of our tribulations, life has many marvels that give us considerable comfort and contentment. The talents embodied in the personality of Joseph Ganado were utilised to the best of his ability with the impeccable results of his...

  • Keeping up with yesterday?

    Keeping up with yesterday?

    Last Monday, the public consultation period for the Bill ‘to regularise declared and registered cohabitations’ closed. The Bill was published on March 2 and it will be interesting to see what feedback has been sent in regarding the legislative...

  • Faith and reason

    Faith and reason

    I am a humanist and Catholic. I do not accept any claimed incompatibility between faith and reason. The humanism I profess is more “fully human” than that of the atheists. These actually diminish the power of the human intellect, indeed the...

  • Power to the people, but when?

    On page 50 of the Labour Party’s 2013 electoral programme, the commitment to invest in cleaner energy is – among other initiatives – translated into building a gas-fired power station through a public-private partnership. The gas-fired power...

  • A green valley again

    The committee members of the NGO Wirt San Ġwann would like to thank and congratulate all those who for the past weeks and months had been signing petitions and organising meetings and protests to urge the Planning Authority to reject the...

  • Any integrity around here?

    Are we sure we can find some integrity around here? I am afraid not, and the more time passes, the more it becomes like a search for the Holy Grail. This seems a harsh statement, but the most recent events have left me, and others, flabbergasted...

  • Use of EU funds

    I refer to the article ‘Mcast loses EU funds, cancels tender’ (May 11). The article gives a very unfair impression of the manner in which Mcast managed to use EU funds during the last programming period. For the record, Mcast disbursed 98.55 per...

  • Only-in-Malta democracy

    Only-in-Malta democracy

    During the no confidence debate on Konrad Mizzi last week, Mizzi’s colleague Deborah Schembri rose in Parliament to give us all a lecture on good proportion. She said that Mizzi has already done something unprecedented for a minister: he’s...

  • Watch where you’re going

    Watch where you’re going

    Some months ago, I drew the attention of my local council to a danger spot on the pavement just across from the old PN club in Regional Road, Santa Venera, and was told they had contacted the people responsible. The danger is posed by concrete...

  • Gozo, another Comino?

    It is late Sunday afternoon. I am at a theatre in Gozo watching a local production. During the intermission I glance at my mobile phone and see that the queue for the ferry is alarmingly long. The intermission comes to an end and I try not to...

  • Nude gardening day

    I read the article ‘Green fingers in the buff for Naked Gardening Day’ (May 9). Last Saturday was billed as World Naked Gardening Day. I am a modest person, not to mention not having a fabulous physique, and did not participate in the...

  • Relationships are forever

    Can a relationship last forever? Is it possible for a couple to stay together for a life time? Recently I met a couple from my parish who believe this is possible provided that the couple are both committed to work at it. In October 2012, Joanna...

  • The two distinct faces of Malta

    Malta today is presenting two faces, sharply distinct from each other. The first is of a country with an economy, which, in spite of restraints in the way of economic operators, is faring well beyond reasonable expectations. The second is of a...

  • Blame it on Simon

    In my meanderings I meet all sorts of people, including some I consider very intelligent. Success and intelligence do not necessarily go hand in hand but in the case of one of these persons they did. So what he had to tell me I particularly wanted...

  • The rudderless boys in blue

    It is fascinating how outgoing police commissioner Michael Cassar can manage to speak for over 15 minutes on video about his leaving the corps without ever giving a reason why. Significantly, he began his message saying he will first address his...

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