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  • Tourist’s view

    My wife and I have been coming to Malta annually since 2005. We love your island, the people, the landscape, the history. But one thing spoils it. We have noticed over the years a steady increase in the amount of rubbish – plastic bags, bottles,...

  • Piano, piano grinding to a halt

    The announcement that works on the new Parliament building in Valletta have again fallen behind schedule has come as a disappointment to many who wish to see the back of that building site at City Gate. Still, the announcement did not come as a...

  • Hairstyles and school discipline

    I have always regarded members of the teaching profession as being people who are there to set standards by giving a good example to their students. My two sons attend a boys’ Church school in Gżira and I am simply dismayed at the fact that...

  • Armed forces’ new colours

    Armed forces’ new colours

    On October 3, I had the privilege of attending the blessing and presentation of the new colours to the Armed Forces of Malta. As a former serving member of the British armed forces, this event was indeed a very nostalgic and memorable one. The...

  • Medicine prices

    May I make the following suggestion to Helena Dalli, the minister responsible for consumer affairs, on the question of the scandalous prices of medicine. I understand, and stand to be corrected, that EU regulations prohibit the government...

  • Negating democracy

    In his letter ‘When the PN played with democracy’ (September 15), Eddy Privitera wrote that when the Nationalist Party condemned the government for entertaining the idea of postponing local council elections, it should have reminded...

  • Open letter to a princess

    Today is the first anniversary since Nirvana went to the Lord. It’s been a rough and painful year for all the family and lots of her friends. I talk to her every night before I go to sleep. A few days ago, after talking to her, I lay in bed but...

  • One thing Isis wants

    One thing Isis wants

    In defending their town against the heavy siege by Islamic State (Isis) fighters, the Syrian Kurdish inhabitants of the town of Kobani have had to face up to the possibility of annihilation. The battle became everyone’s to fight. Untrained young...

  • Synod watch (1)

    The synod about the family has today - Wednesday - entered its third day. I follow the proceedings mainly through the one hour or so long press conference broadcast daily at 1pm and through the commentaries in many Catholic news websites. Through...

  • Watch in full: Alastair Campbell on political 'spin', war... depression

    Watch in full: Alastair Campbell on political 'spin', war... depression

    Tony Blair’s controversial former chief strategist and communications chief, Alastair Campbell gave his insights on a range of topics when he was interviewed in the latest edition of Times Talk. The man widely believed to be the brains behind Mr...

  • What’s best for Sundays?

    The Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Business recently issued a public consultation document on the proposed reform of shop opening hours. Compared with other government initiatives in the pipeline, this proposed reform does not seem...

  • How ‘affordable’ will bus service be?

    Before the March 2013 general election, the Labour Party gave a strong impression that it had a plan B to every contingency that might arise. It most certainly did not have one for public transport after Arriva packed up well ahead of the expiry...

  • Safety net for brave prostitutes

    Acclamation is in order for Labour deputy leader Toni Abela for being in favour of regulating prostitution. His is a very mature stand in a country suffering from a severe case of puritanism and inverted morality. Much of Maltese society and its...

  • Impartiality or prejudice

    Impartiality or prejudice

    A few weeks ago, I wrote an article (‘Malta Tagħna Lkoll lawlessness’) which seemed to strike a chord with hundreds of people who recognised that Malta’s respect for the rule of law – never a Maltese strong point – had slipped precipitately...

  • Political blackmail

    The crux of the hunting problem in Malta is the two-party system. Both major parties are at fault because they are so keen to criticise each other that they cannot agree to present a common front on major issues. The hunting lobby uses a form...

  • The trails left by airplanes

    The government is elected for no other reason than to serve the people. Would the Prime Minister please tell us what benefit the chemicals being regularly discharged from large jet aircraft flying over Malta are to the people? When I ask...

  • Public bathing spot hangs in the balance

    Public bathing spot hangs in the balance

    Can the relevant authorities, that is, the Land Department and the Malta Tourism Authority, inform us why the old Balluta boathouse and slipway, which have been a favourite public bathing spot for many decades, are seemingly being given, or sold,...

  • No drivers kept idle

    Malta Public Transport categorically denies that drivers or buses are being kept idle (‘State drivers kept idle as UBS earns €30,000 a day’, The Sunday Times of Malta, October 5). The company has a strict policy that company resources, including...

  • All is not bad with this world

    A general feeling of terror has gripped us all. Gruesome beheadings, religious bigotry, fears of worldwide tension make the world a place of horror. A comment much used lately is that never has such horror been witnessed and that the present is...

  • Baby and the wastewater

    My colleague, Philip Grech, penned a very pertinent article titled ‘Flood relief and reality’ in Times of Malta (September 29, 2014). I was not at all relieved by what he had to say. The office where I work is situated in Main Street corner with...

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