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  • Abducted and aborted

    Abducted and aborted

    In his article entitled ‘United to protect children’ (August 6), Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela wrote: “When it comes to the well-being of our children, this is a topic that unites us all.” Yes, we are united on this. He added: “I am part of...

  • What a shame

    It is really a shame that the Victoria local council, after much complaining and reminding, has still not remedied the miserable state of the two public ladies’ toilets in the locality. The situation remains unacceptable considering also that the...

  • Daredevil investment

    Daredevil investment

    “It’s no surprise that this happened. The cliff looks unstable. I never understood why the authorities allowed a block of apartments to be built right on top of it.” This is what this newspaper reported one of the residents in the Tal-Veċċja area...

  • The national anthem

    The patriotic letter by Pierre Cauchi (September 12) reminds me of the words of a prime minister of Malta. “The habit of some to ignore the Maltese national anthem is quite shameful. Every civilised population that has a sense of love and respect...

  • The vain and the infantile

    The vain and the infantile

    Let’s be very clear. Minister Konrad Mizzi continues to betray a sense of vanity when across the Labour, Nationalist and independent camps there remains a wide consensus that he should go. At the same time the Nationalist opposition is not gaining...

  • Back to school and to the future

    Students everywhere are already mourning the end of summer and feeling the twinge of excitement – spiked with dread – of a new scholastic year. Everything has a bright sheen to it, from the unopened books to the squeaky tread of new shoes and the...

  • The secret debt scheme 

    Baffled. This, I would say, is the predominant reaction of the country’s silent majority towards the dodgy financing scheme which Simon Busuttil has insisted on forging ahead with. Hardly anyone can understand how a political party, in 2016, can...

  • The nation’s conscience?

    The nation’s conscience?

    Last Monday, The Muslim communities around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha. This is one of the two most important feasts in the Muslim calendar and marks the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac as an act of submission to God. The...

  • Redefining Independence

    Redefining Independence

    It is unfortunate that Malta is one of the few countries where Independence remains a source of controversy. I think that it is also a pity that it is not our sole national day as I believe that it is the ideal historical event fitting such a...

  • Visiting film locations

    Since my boyhood days in the 1960s living next door to the much loved actor and operatic baritone, the late Josie Coppini, I have associated Malta with filming and photography. The islands’ wonderful light, sea colour, coastal scenery and historic...

  • Writ in rock

    Writ in rock

    We hear a lot of talk about Dwejra window and how it is fast deteriorating. An endless number of photos have been taken of this natural attraction but this close up photo depicts the beauty of the various kinds of rock forming it. The different...

  • No room for celebration

    We shall soon be celebrating Independence Day. But what, exactly, are we celebrating? One celebrates an event that should, normally, bring about unity, good and honest governance and well-being to all. Has this been achieved since 1964? I do not...

  • Respect is earned

    In his letter ‘Help wardens’ (September 8), Victor Spiteri argues that wardens should be respected for their work. Writing as he did, I suspect he is a warden himself. Firstly, I will not respect a warden more than I would respect any other worker...

  • The political elite

    Joseph Muscat has of late started to label Simon Busuttil and the Nationalist Party as the “political elite”. Now I know very well what ‘elite’ means but to be sure I googled it and this is the Oxford Dictionary’s definition of elite: “A select...

  • Time(s) to Talk

    Time(s) to Talk

    First and foremost let me just say that I’m the last person who should be writing about this. After all, I’ve forgotten the last time I actually watched TVM, or any of the local stations for that matter. This leaves me in a strange position where...

  • Cleanliness at the very top

    Has anyone ever carried out a survey of what tourists think of Malta after taking a ride on a sightseeing coach, particularly in summer? While many may find the topography interesting, with dome and spires dominating (at least up to now) the...

  • Need for ‘eternal vigilance’

    The term ‘progress’ is a double-edged sword for me and, frankly, it frightens me. In the country I hail from, Australia, progress means exploiting the environment to develop an open cut coal mine potentially the size of England or a national park...

  • Universe cheers Malta on

    Universe cheers Malta on

    Another Independence celebration is around the corner and it is time once more to brace ourselves for the self-congratulatory speeches. What passes for gravitas demands that the self-adulation (how far we’ve come!) is balanced by a furrowed brow...

  • Much talk, little action

    Much talk, little action

    One in four of the population is said to be poor or at risk of poverty – these are predominantly pensioners and single mothers. When these statistics were first published some years ago, many doubted the figures. The previous administration...

  • Quarry parties

    The recent furore over a loud rave party held in the middle of Buskett – a nature reserve - during peak bird migration season highlighted in a more general way the problem of noise in Malta. There are numerous sources of noise but I’d like to...

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