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  • From panic to ‘literacy’

    From panic to ‘literacy’

    The debate is an ongoing one: whether the new millennials, who spend, on average, up to eight hours every day engaging with new media, will turn out just as any other generation before them or, as some pundits lament, into the ‘dumbest generation’...

  • Move along, nothing to see

    Move along, nothing to see

    In his latest post, fellow blogger Fr Joe Borg chose to illustrate some mysterious ‘point’ by using a photo of a bare-butted man taken at a private party. No-one would have bat an eyelid had it been a layperson writing the post. Photos of naked...

  • The birds have been stuffed

    Growing up I only thought there were two kinds of wild birds; sparrows and pigeons. I also remember this one little song we used to have at school called L-Għanja tal-Pitirross (the robin’s song) by Trevor Zahra, and yet, back then, I had no idea...

  • The surplus… of bad roads

    Official figures showed a €49.7 million surplus in public finances. For the first time in recent history, the national debt has gone down mainly due to proceeds from the EU and, to a lesser extent, income tax, licences, taxes, fines and VAT. Lower...

  • If we sacrifice the environment

    The result of the referendum was a close call. The difference is minuscule compared to the variance we had in the divorce and the EU membership referendums. It is also minuscule in comparison to the difference in the votes garnered by the two main...

  • Formula 1 is just boring

    Formula 1 is just boring

    I am a keen follower of Formula 1 racing who tries not to miss the live transmission of each race. However, I find that the excitement of former races has died away or, more like it, has been killed. Take last weekend’s China Grand Prix, which had...

  • State of local politics

    State of local politics

    I waver in my attitude to my country between love and scorn. Today is a day for scorn. The anti-Spring hunting referendum was a test of Maltese civic responsibility. That the vote removing a bad law from the statute books has failed is a dire...

  • An expatriate who wanted to vote

    On the front page of Times of Malta on Saturday, it was stated that “History will also be made today because 16-year-olds are voting for the first time in the local elections”. Well, I am incensed that I could not vote in the referendum or in any...

  • Strategy for dementia

    As Malta continues its journey towards rising a percentage of older persons it follows that even the number of persons with dementia will increase. By the year 2050, it is estimated that the number of individuals with dementia will increase to...

  • Bigger ferry boat needed

    I am in complete agreement with Anthony Gouder’s timely letter regarding the limited capacity of the Grand Harbour ferry (‘Busy day for ferry boat’, April 10). The crossing is already very popular with tourists and residents and in the summer...

  • The civil service and politics

    The head of the Civil Service, Principal Permanent Secretary Mario Cutajar, recently addressed a press conference to announce the regeneration of Valletta’s indoor market. Given that the head of the civil service is dealing, by his own definition,...

  • Reducing workplace stress

    Good practices in occupational health and safety are fundamental to the well-being of individuals and society. It is in fact encouraging that OHS standards at workplaces have improved and that occupational accidents have decreased by 50 per cent...

  • Politics and crime

    In the articles, letters and comments that are carried in this newspaper, politics and politicians feature prominently. I thought it appropriate to highlight the fact there is little difference between crime and politics. Crime means you take the...

  • Now hear the better half

    I cringe with shame for my island and yet rejoice that the result of the anti-spring hunting referendum is a lesson for our politicians. I cringe that with a slim majority of some 2,000 voters, under 0.5% of the electorate, we have voted to allow...

  • It's our cross to carry

    It's our cross to carry

    The signs were all there. Before the polling booths opened, the masks were off already. Hunters and Labour activists teamed up in various localities and distributed sample ballots telling Labour voters which box to tick. It was not a case that...

  • Law permits life change

    Ivan Fenech’s opinion piece of April 7, entitled ‘Gay’s the new hunter’, made a number of scathing references to the Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act. The unanimous approval of this piece of legislation by both...

  • One way justice is delayed

    The excellent leader about “the big bang approach to justice delayed” (March 19) is goodnews indeed. The shortening of time to have a legal point settled in court is the greatest need of our legal system, hand in hand with the doctrine accentuated...

  • The village social fabric

    The idyllic Maltese village life as portrayed in the classics of Maltese literature has long been lost. The peaceful scenes of a rural landscape where time seemed to stand still under a blue Mediterranean sky have given way to ones of creeping...

  • The sins of taxi drivers

    The sins of taxi drivers

    More than once was I on the verge of writing a letter regarding those horrendous white-taxi drivers but what I saw the other day presented the ultimate reason. Some of them put their customers’ lives at risk since not only do they drive too fast...

  • Working with the needy in Egypt

    In this letter I would like to thank all the generous Maltese people who help us through the Mission Fund. In our work with the poor of Upper Egypt we are involved in health care and education as well as social work with poor families and the...

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