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  • PN’s appeal

    I refer to Giov. De Martino’s letter titled ‘Nationalist insolence’ that appeared on August 11. The Nationalist Party appeals for donations through diverse methods, by way of adverts carried in the party’s media, during activities and through...

  • Robin Williams’s artistry

    Robin Williams’s artistry

    I never got to speak to Robin Williams; I merely watched him try to learn how to juggle balls and hats. Thanks to that childhood memory, my abiding image of Williams is that of the quietest man in the room, with a shy smile, nodding gratefully to...

  • INNOCENT, FOR NOW

    At the moment, Facebook is all in a tizzy because the priest who allegedly molested minors had his identity protected by the Court and because he has been granted bail. The Prosecution are appealing the bail decree, from what I see, so by the time...

  • We ALL have what to fight with

    For the third time this month I’m breaking my vow of silence or rather, my vow for a well deserved break from writing.  How could I remain silent with all that’s happening around the world especially in Iraq? How could I not write a single word...

  • Why farmer was inspected

    Reference is made to the article entitled ‘Farmer who exposed bad practice being investigated’ appearing in Times of Malta on August 15. The article gives the impression that the farmer in question has somehow become the subject of ‘intense...

  • The ghost of electoral pledges past

    Some insist that Joseph Muscat and his Labour Party are distributing the candy they had promised before the election which secured them such a huge electoral victory. He would deny this, but it is an undeniable fact that decisions have and are...

  • Coast Road widening works

    I clearly recall having read some paper by a learned historian who, after deep research, had claimed that the bay known as Salina used to extend right up to Burmarrad and had, in fact, been used by the Romans as a safe harbour and landing...

  • Bus driver who refused to stop

    Bus driver who refused to stop

    This is a Milanese couple’s experience of our ‘upgraded’ (from Arriva) bus service. On August 13, in late afternoon, after an hour’s wait at the Valletta terminus to catch the 101 bus to Ċirkewwa, the man tried to find a dispatcher to tell him...

  • Crucifixion of Paul Cremona

    Crucifixion of Paul Cremona

    Oh… I see! Did it all start with some politician claiming that the local Church has been silenced? So here comes Mgr Charles Vella referring to the “horrific sound of silence” of the local Church with respect to the plight of the Iraqi Christians...

  • Cars in search of asylum

    I think it is deeply insensitive and disrespectful for Times of Malta to refer to the Justice Ministry cars in Merchants’ Street, Valletta as being ‘illegally’ parked. The correct and proper nomenclature is ‘irregularly’ parked. Referring to them...

  • Germany: reluctant leader

    Germany: reluctant leader

    At the commemoration service in Liege to mark the start of World War I, President Joachim Gauck of Germany spoke powerfully of his country’s responsibility for the war. Germany’s “completely unjustifiable” invasion of neutral Belgium showed that...

  • A clerical wake-up call

    Back in the days of Galileo and other such star-gazers, the truth was one and that was only the official church-sanctioned one. They who said anything against the truth, or against the church triumphant, met their end or were tortured till they...

  • Editor's Blog: Why did magistrate ban the press from priest case?

    Was it correct for the presiding magistrate to ban the press after a Gozitan priest was taken to court today (Tuesday) charged with offences related to molestation? That depends on the circumstances. If for some reason the complainant felt there...

  • Dangerous pavements

    For the umpteenth time, together with other correspondents, I have written about pavements which are built, not with the pedestrians’ safety in mind, but funnily enough, to accommodate cars so they may be driven smoothly in and out of garages. It...

  • Voting with one’s head

    In a recent Iswed fuq l-Abjad on Net TV ably presented by Frank Psaila, Michael Falzon, the former PN minister, said that despite his outspoken criticism prior to the 2013 election, he voted with his heart and therefore voted PN. Had he voted with...

  • Trees blind drivers at roundabouts

    Trees blind drivers at roundabouts

    First of all I should say that the private company looking after the roundabouts on Gozo and Malta is doing an excellent job and some of them are a joy to circumvent. However, a few of them are downright dangerous because of the trees that are...

  • Killing fields

    Again we see the weak Maltese government ‘giving in’ to the pro-hunting lobby. How strange that Malta, now a member of the EU, takes everything it can from the ‘coffers of Brussels’, yet will not abide by directives from the EUin regard to this...

  • Suicide aid

    I cannot understand why suddenly it has become fashionable to refer to assisted suicide as assisted dying. The very word ‘assist’ means to help. So in fact one is helping someone take his own life at his request. That is suicide. Let us call a...

  • Blasphemy

    I am disgusted by the published photo of revelry in front of the Mosta parish church to celebrate the feast of Santa Marija. The picture smacks of clowning in honour of the Blessed Virgin, tantamount to blasphemy!

  • Blackout... of information

    After reading many news reports and comments about the latest nationwide power cut, I have a feeling there is still a lot that is not being said. Almost as soon as the information started coming out, anyone who knows anything about power networks...

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