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  • Hazard lights

    Why can’t the police hang hazard lights onto crash barriers blocking roads for feasts and other activities to avoid accidents?

  • Bus drivers’ award

    We have many awards in Malta and I don’t think one more would hurt. I would therefore like to suggest the creation of an award for bus drivers. If this is accepted, I would like to nominate the driver of bus 123 who was on route 41 from Valletta...

  • What’s the fuss about?

    Some organisations have voiced concern over the heavy cost the Labour government has incurred by employing 2,000 new recruits in the civil service in such a short time after the election. Why the big fuss? We’re still far away from the pheno-menal...

  • Thanks to Cardiac Medical Ward

    I would like to publicly thank all the nurses and doctors and the other medical staff at the Cardiac Medical Ward at Mater Dei Hospital for the excellent and professional service I was provided with during my 19-day stay as a patient there. May...

  • A turbulent history of a national day

    This year we commemorate 50 years of independence, 40 years since Malta was declared a republic, 35 years since the closure of the British military facilities in Malta and 10 years of European Union membership. Another event we remember every year...

  • National power failure

    National power failure

    I am a retired electrical engineer and my career involved working in the UK for various electricity companies on distribution networks. During this time I had to deal with power failures on systems up to 132kV. Power failures on electricity...

  • Supporting the Archbishop

    Many people have already written letters in support of Archbishop Paul Cremona following the criticism of his leadership by certain members of the clergy. However, as a member of the Church I would like to add my contribution to this debate. First...

  • Watered-down Christianity?

    Is it an exaggeration to state that the Maltese Church is in disarray? Are we functioning in a watered-down version of Christianity? Was this an inevitable result of Vatican Council II, with its sidelining of traditional Tridentine religious...

  • New ways of thinking in the Church

    Further to my letter ‘The Church – a solution’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 31), I would like to add a number of points. Church leaders serving two four-year terms in office would enable promising young priests the possibility of taking up...

  • Destruction of Iklin Valley

    The new construction along Iklin Valley goes against all norms of accepted planning regulations. This is a bungalow area, which as marked in the Mepa plan, allows for one floor and a semi-basement. This new development plans to have three floors...

  • Ending this pointless war in Ukraine

    Ending this pointless war in Ukraine

    Friday’s signing of a ceasefire agreement between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels at a meeting in Minsk is certainly welcome and one hopes that it will be the start of a diplomatic solution to this conflict. The plan includes a...

  • Editorial: Intimidation by the ALE?

    Editorial: Intimidation by the ALE?

    Last Thursday the police showed up at the Għadira nature reserve. They did not march in to apprehend a hunter who had managed to get in by stealth, but wanted, instead, to inspect a rescued protected bird. This newspaper sent a reporter to...

  • 56 years in the missions

    I was a young man of 20 when I joined the Jesuit order. A couple of years later, my superiors agreed to send me to India, after I had expressed a strong wish to work among the poor in that country. After completing my studies I was ordained a...

  • On friends of Malta and all that

    Rather condescending that Cecilia Malmström. I really wonder why she felt the need to tell us she came as a friend of Malta. (Did she also bring beads and tobacco?) I’ve a feeling someone whispered in her ear what sort of comments and venom her...

  • Successful pilgrimage

    An impromptu decision to join a very well organised Lourdes pilgrimage turned out to be perfect. Special thanks go to the tour leader Fr Karm Busuttil, who apart from providing daily religious activities made our stay memorable and...

  • Documentary’s shortcoming

    I have watched more than once the biographical documentary about the late Gozo Bishop Nikol Cauchi on TVM. It is nothing short of a little masterpiece about the beloved Gozitan prelate who will also be remembered as arguably the most prolific...

  • Muslim friends and fundamentalism

    My experience in human relations in Milan with our Muslim brothers and sisters is quite similar to the trends in Malta. I have some good Muslim friends working at San Raffaele Hospital and God gave me the grace to receive two of them in the...

  • Why play politics all the time?

    Free elections are one of the guarantees that the country which holds them is a practising democracy, though they are not proof enough. But without them democracy does not exist. We are about to get further proof of that in Hong Kong where China’s...

  • When to err is not human at all

    A close friend of mine, who happens to be a very good lawyer, once told me a story which has stayed with me since, and which I am reminded of every time a child abuse case explodes in the media. At the time, he and his wife lived in an apartment...

  • Time is on their side

    When I was at university, I remember this law professor regularly intoning his versions of Latin proverbs. He was particularly fond of telling us that “Tempus omnia solvit”. That was his way of telling us that, eventually, all matters would be...

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