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  • Unkind and insulting (1)

    Unkind and insulting (1)

    I would like to make an appeal to the developers behind the Sliema and Mrieħel towers projects. Being citizens of our little island, like me, I’m sure they too have the country’s good at heart. This island has a unique character, a particular...

  • Unkind and insulting (2)

    The news that the Townsquare project – a 38-storey high tower has been approved (although marginally) by the Planning Authority – is a shattering blow to all Tignè residents but, especially, those living immediately next to the project site. I...

  • Prime Minister’s middle class noose

    It is very disconcerting to hear the Prime Minister speak of a “new middle class”. It is not the first time he has done so, having used this incomprehensible term already when in Opposition. It is an odd term at best, not least because middle...

  • Maltese elderly Down Under

    A wave of excitement engulfs the Maltese community in Australia each time prominent Maltese decide to cross the seas to be among us. It was, therefore, no wonder that President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca’s recent visit was not only a huge success...

  • The Europe that lies ahead

    The long-term ramifications of Brexit are difficult to predict. In a way they represent the existential theme of being condemned to be free, which, in turn is a leap in the dark with no pre-established outcomes. As a believer in a more federalist...

  • Two years in politics…

    Two years in politics…

    I am often asked what it is like to be a new candidate for the next general election. The truth is that there is no guidebook or manual that tells you what to expect and what it really is like to contest. It has now been two years since my...

  • Back-door power grab

    I read the articles relating to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey with growing alarm. Am I misreading the situation there or is this the perfect power seeker’s path to the supreme control the Turks refused to allow him several years ago?...

  • Unpolished jewel

    The editorial ‘Malta needs a facelift badly’ (July 28) hit the nail on the head: Malta does indeed need a facelift. Other columnists have written in the same vein thereby echoing what many individuals are thinking and feeling at present. More...

  • Brain matters

    Brain tissue is discernible in an embryo a few weeks after fertilisation. Etienne Grech (August 5) maintains that, until this happens, the embryo has no life. How a non-living embryo goes on to develop a brain that gives it life escapes...

  • Use of sand

    Is the sand used in the construction boom in our islands imported? Or are our few sandy beaches being denuded illegally?

  • Olympic feat

    Olympic feat

    Two years ago, TVM televised the World Cup football matches in Brazil. Earlier this year, it did the same when the European Cup was held in France. But now the Olympic Games are being held, again in Brazil, and what do we see on TVM? Nothing. Can...

  • Common courtesy

    There has been correspondence in the last few weeks about the lack of common courtesy. There appears to be a new generation that does not expect it or want it. I attribute much of the rudeness in our society to the proliferation of social media...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    Sliema sausage

  • High-rise marks new low

    Last week’s approval by the Planning Authority of the 38-storey Townsquare tower in Tigné, Sliema, was not particularly surprising. One only has to look at the way Malta has been ‘uglified’ over the years as the authority has bowed down, time and...

  • Who will speak up for the unborn child?

    The debate on whether to introduce the morning-after pill is still ongoing. The camp in favour is hell bent on nitpicking and shredding to pieces the data available on conception. On the other hand, the camp against is basing its arguments on the...

  • Proper site for Sette Giugno monument

    The government seems to be favouring the suggestion to relocate the Sette Giugno monument back to St George’s Square, Valletta. In my opinion, such a decision would compromise the aesthetics of this square. There is a better place for this...

  • Double or single ‘m’?

    I have a question for the Maltese language experts. Why does the word ‘Amen’ have a double ‘m’ in the Maltese version of the end of a prayer? According to whatI have experienced in several other countries, the word has a single ‘m’. How and when...

  • The human footprint is far worse than that of any dog

    I am writing in response to a letter entitled ‘Beach gone to the dogs’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, July 31). My boyfriend and I take our dog regularly to Mġiebaħ beach (also known as Selmun Beach) and I have never smelt dog urine there. As for...

  • Home- schooling in Malta

    The introduction of home-schooling in Malta must be approached with care, for it is not appropriate for all children, or for all family circumstances. In fact, its suitability for a particular child will depend on a number of factors such as: The...

  • Transparency needed

    I refer to comments by Health Minister Chris Fearne in relation to the government’s contract with Vitals Global Healthcare (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 7). The Medical Association of Malta confirms that it has stalled signing and formally...

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