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  • Irresponsible bus driver

    Irresponsible bus driver

    What a lovely day it was. At least, for once, the car was left in the garage while I caught a bus to my destination. Yet, throughout the ride from Żurrieq to Valletta I kept praying I would get there safely, harbouring a sense of uneasiness...

  • The impact of hunting

    For the last few years, I have been visiting Malta on an annual basis with a group of about 20 walking friends. We love Malta, its people, culture and architecture. I admired the strength of the people who had to endure all the wars and invasions...

  • Reassuring presence

    I would like to congratulate the authorities responsible for providing the presence of two, three or more policemen or traffic wardens at the gates of the Minor Seminary school, in Victoria when classes are about to start or end. The presence...

  • The kiss

    A kiss by a human being can have different meanings. Kissing the feet can be a sign of service, gratitude and humility. Kissing the hands is usually a sign of profound respect. Kissing the cheeks can have two meanings: the usual one is of ...

  • Extending our lives

    Extending our lives

    During moments of solitude and tranquillity, recollections filter through the mind, stimulating an urge to instant writing. The tandem of intellectual composition and the urge of physical action, especially writing, are mutually reinforcing. A...

  • Fat may not be the villain

    The headline ‘Fat to blame for half a million cancers a year’ (November 27) might be interpreted at a glance that dietary fat, rather than sugars and other high glycaemic carbohydrates, are mainly responsible for obesity and its complications,...

  • Gaps too wide to be bridged

    Gaps too wide to be bridged

    Here are some facts to be considered when thinking about a Malta - Gozo bridge. Gozo has an area of 67 square kilometres with a population of 37,000. It is separated from Malta (population 400,000) by the Malta Channel, between 4.5 and 6.7...

  • Helping priests avoid abuse

    The Church announced a new procedure for the immediate investigation of sexual abuse allegations, basing it on education and prevention (November 29). Prevention comprehends a spectrum of measures of which I would like to cover two to help...

  • Need for rehab suite in Gozo

    On November 26, 1999, a one-day seminar was organised on the International Year of Aging at St Lawrence Leisure Resort in Gozo. At the beginning of this seminar the organisers informed us that the interventions were to be recorded so that the...

  • Pandering to other cultures

    Pandering to other cultures

    We are sadly witnessing an incisive frontal attack on Christmas traditions and celebrations intent on eradicating Christian heritage from the surface of the earth. Recently, CBS presenter Steven Levy, in spite of his Jewish origin, was completely...

  • High profits on the sick

    In a previous letter, I had indicated the much higher price for generic Esomeprazole 40gm in Malta when compared to the UK, a country that is not known for its cheap medicines. Lately, I have discovered that the same chemical, however under the...

  • Dark shadow over Ukraine

    Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the hero of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, decided to revive a Cold War atmosphere in the world. The US and EU have voiced their concern. Thanks to Putin, Ukraine is now on its knees.

  • Fine care at hospital (1)

    Whenever I have visited this island I have always experienced the greatest kindness of its people and, indeed, of members of the government as well. A few weeks ago, my sister, Flora, suffered a broken hip during a holiday on Malta and was...

  • Fine care at hospital (2)

    May I take the opportunity to express my gratitude for the help I got from the skin specialist at Sir Paul Boffa Hospital. She was very helpful, efficient and a Godsend to me and all the patients in her care. Well done and may God bless her...

  • Mobile antennae on Balzan church

    I would like to wish Fr Kalċidon Vassallo every success in his new pastoral assignment at Mġarr parish, while congratulating him on his deserved nomination to monsignor. I am sure that I am interpreting the wishes of the people of Balzan who feel...

  • Sales tax on a loss

    Sales tax on a loss

    John Consiglio (November 27), in his reply to Frank Salt’s contribution, makes a case for considering the proposed changes to the present capital gains tax regime as fair and reasonable. However, he has not taken into consideration that a tax on...

  • School in dire need of help

    For 50 years, I have witnessed poor people living in carton huts or worse, plastic ones, and not having a daily meal. These circumstances are more than heartbreaking. Our mission in Cameroon has made a start to the fourth year of a Catholic ...

  • ID renewal in Mtarfa

    It was brought to my attention the other day that new ID cards have already been processed for the locality of Mtarfa. Our block of apartments never received any communication on the matter. On calling Identity Malta to verify the facts, the...

  • Time to give

    Christmas is a time of giving. Material gifts may make people happy but this kind of happiness often passes quickly. The gift of time spent with a person who needs the presence of a loved one would be a present never to be forgotten.

  • Happy memories

    Sky TV recently showed the Joseph Calleja 2013 concert at the Granaries and brought back a flood of memories for me. I was in the Royal Signals when I was posted to Malta in 1947. I left in 1949. At that time, Mgr Michael Gonzi was archbishop, Sir...