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  • Gżira bus lane is unnecessary

    Having just waited over 10 minutes at the Gżira bus stop before a bus came along – and that was the X2 to the airport – and a further two or three minutes for a bus to Valletta, I realised that a bus lane along that stretch of road is completely...

  • Children who stand in trolleys

    I feel I have to write to strongly complain about children being allowed to stand inside supermarket trolleys. I have complained several times to the customer care at my local supermarket. Though they agree with me, they say they can’t do anything...

  • Sleeveless or strapless?

    Mary Anna Pace spoke in a letter of the ‘Immodestly dressed singer’, but can I ask her how the singer was dressed? Sleeveless, in short sleeves, with bare back or strapless perhaps? I remember the days as a child when we used to go to confession...

  • Australia in Eurovision!

    At last, winning Eurovision is now within Malta’s grasp! Great news for Malta now that Australia is included in the Eurovision Song Contest – its chances of winning have been doubled. Now Malta will get maximum points from Australia and vice-versa.

  • Women who batter men

    Yet another puff piece about ‘domestic violence’ by Times of Malta gives women the complete benefit of the doubt and portrays them as special snowflakes who are more sinned against than sinning. Conversely, it neglects to publish the man’s side of...

  • Model maker’s funeral in Germany

    Model maker’s funeral in Germany

    On January 27, three members of the Association of Model Engineers flew to Aschaffenburg, Germany, to attend the funeral of Rainer Mader, who was tragically killed in a traffic accident in Malta earlier in the year. The members, myself as club...

  • Electoral system reform

    Austin Bencini (February 11) is shocked that our Constitutional Court has joined the chorus of disapproval of our electoral system. The PRSTV (proportional representation single transferable vote) has many merits but it is linked to a ‘quota’.

  • Which one is the victim?

    The recent partially successful attempt by the lawyers of the accused in the case regarding the involuntary death of cycling philanthropist Clifford Micallef, to defend their client’s rights due to his being a vulnerable person, must surely bring...

  • The hunters were right

    In the case on spring hunting, which the European Commission instituted against Malta, the European Court of Justice ruled in 2009 that since the hunting period when the quail’s and the turtle dove’s appearance, if any, only lasted for a very...

  • Split sports awards in two

    Split sports awards in two

    In a glittering ceremony to honour sports’ top achievers in 2014, held recently under the auspices of the Malta Sports Council and the Sports Journalists’ Association, it was evident that the organisers deserved a pat on the back for such a...

  • Pope’s punch

    A famous old Maltese saying goes that the biggest mistakes are those committed by the wise. Our old folks deserve some praise here. “Insult my mum and I will punch you” – Pope Francis. I think Francis is not connecting with his brain before he...

  • Dull image

    Last Christmas, I went to visit the mechanical crib at Ġesu’ Nazarenu, Żejtun, as I have the habit of doing every year. However, I was very disappointed this time. The lighting had been changed and the crib looked so much duller. One could not...

  • Driven by experts

    I would suggest to the wise guy who came up with the idea of extending the Sliema Ferries bus lane to Manoel Island to make use of the road early in the morning to go to work. It is probably the same guy who came up with the excellent idea of...

  • Two carnival celebrations

    Some religious people would prefer carnival to be celebrated in winter. Others feel that carnival in winter provides a highly important attraction for tourists at this time of the year. There are others, however, who prefer it to be held in the...

  • So little done by so many

    The electricity power lines where Mensija Road intersects with Santa Margarita Street, at San Ġwann, were dislodged when construction work on the corner building was underway, about two years ago. Work was completed in about a year but the cables...

  • What solution to current conflicts?

    Southeast and southern Ukraine, 2015: the Ukrainian government in Kiev seeks alignment with the European Union and, possibly, with Nato. The Russian-speaking eastern and southern Ukrainians seek alignment with Russia. Separatism is in the air,...

  • Delay in move to new hospital

    The president of the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses, Paul Pace, is proud of his achievement of delaying the transfer of operations from Boffa Hospital to the new Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology facilities because of parking issues. His achievement...

  • Unnecessary traffic diversion at Lija

    Unnecessary traffic diversion at Lija

    Transport Malta or its contractors do not appear to be performing any work on Sundays and holidays, if not on weekends, at the Balzan roundabout between Vjal it-Transfigurazzjoni, Triq in-Naxxar and Triq Dun Karm. So what is the purpose of...

  • Misleading campaign

    It is now very obvious that the anti-spring hunting campaigners want to confuse illegal hunting with legal spring hunting. No wonder Birdlife has always objected to work hand in hand with the hunters to curb or limit illegal hunting. I happen to...

  • A public outcry

    Can any decent human being remain silent in front of such horrifying brutality that has been going recently? Can we simply remain spectators? Today we are not merely Maltese citizens interested only in what is happening in our country; we are part...