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  • Great Siege revisited

    The recent unholy outburst in this paper condemning Grand Master Jean de Valette’s “debauchery” as well as the incorrect historical facts are very disturbing. I feel it is my duty to put the events mentioned in the right perspective. The long...

  • Human need

    Giving the green light to the shooting range investment in the vicinity of Mount St Joseph Retreat House, Mosta, while at the same time ignoring its repercussions is, in my opinion, a political move that leaves much to be desired. We cannot fail...

  • No to planned shooting range

    As a young Jesuit in formation and a medical doctor, I am writing to register my concern and alarm about the plans to build a shooting range adjacent to Mount St Joseph Retreat House in Mosta. Apart from being a retreat house that caters to a vast...

  • Giving buses a head start

    Giving buses a head start

    While many complaints are being received about car drivers being stuck in traffic adjacent to the Gżira bus lane, quite often, both lanes are actually empty as this headcam shot of the bus lane at 6.45 on a Friday morning clearly shows. Both lanes...

  • Silence for the soul

    Silence is a vital and spiritual non-negotiable value. It’s neither a craving nor a reality, only valuable for some. It’s an essential virtue for the growth of all kinds of people. Spaces of silence are needed for decision-making with freedom and...

  • Serenity risks being lost

    Much has been said lately about the proposed shooting range near Mount St Joseph. I fully understand and, moreover, sympathise with those who have expressed concern about this project, mainly because of the loud noises that will interfere with the...

  • Missionaries of mercy

    On May 5, during a news conference at the Vatican, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, announced the official prayer, logo and calendar of events for the Holy Year of Mercy to be...

  • Customer care insult

    On April 19, I called ARMs about a reading and was advised todouble-check my water meter as it looked like it showed excessive water usage. I was also advised by the operator to call back the same day to have the error fixed. Two hours later I...

  • The symbol of a vibrant democracy

    The symbol of a vibrant democracy

    The recent opening of our new Parliament House presented another instance in which the statesmanship qualities of Lawrence Gonzi have been highly accentuated. Gently and serenely declining the invitation to deliver a speech and inaugurate the...

  • PN being a wet blanket

    The latest mega project to be announced, that of the American University, brought the usual predictable PN response – finding the proverbial pin in the project’s haystack. To the PN leadership, each project which brings many millions of investment...

  • Easy money

    Although the Msida local council is fully aware of the precarious parking situation, in a highly residential area especially overnight, wardens continue to splash parking tickets on vehicles wrongly parked in the early hours of the morning before...

  • Right to vote

    It was interesting to read the article in Times of Malta about the Maltese living in the UK who are entitled to vote. It also made me livid. One gentleman had only lived there for two years and could vote. I have been here for 23 years and am not...

  • Haven faces destruction

    As I heard the news of a shooting range complex planned to be built next to Mount St Joseph Retreat House I wondered what the President’s Foundation for Well-being of Society had to say about the issue. Through this retreat house, the Jesuits have...

  • George Cross as a symbol on the flag

    George Cross as a symbol on the flag

    The argument for having or not having the George Cross on the flag (Thomas Zerafa, May 6) emanates from the fact that by now it should have transformed itself into a national symbol, something which does not seem to have happened. It was placed...

  • No Malta left for people to enjoy

    That a Labour stalwart like Eddy Privitera should express shock at the proposal for building a hotel on the Mellieħa sandy coast really means that this mania for building anywhere and everywhere has reached its zenith, to be deplored by all and...

  • Sliema gem

    Whenever I pass through the Savoy area, in Sliema I always remember a wedding or two I attended at the Savoy Guest House but, unfortunately, it has been abandoned for quite some and it’s not in a very good state. Are we going to lose another gem?

  • Awareness about coeliac disease

    International awareness week for coeliac disease is being held between tomorrow and next Sunday. My daughter was diagnosed with this condition one-and-a-half years ago. Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition where the body attacks the villi in...

  • Public clocks

    Why is it that in Malta there is not a single public clock that shows the correct time? I sent an e-mail to the Ministry of Transport more than two years ago about this but nothing was done. Also, the paint used for road markings fades away only...

  • Blasting birds from the sky is not a sport

    It has been encouraging to see the law being enforced against bird hunters. It’s beyond comprehension how anyone with a heart and of sane mind considers as ‘fun’ the mass slaughter of defenceless wild birds. It is what it is: mass...

  • The Prime Minister’s tweet

    After reading Mark Anthony Falzon’s column ‘Preying on birds of prey’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, May 3) I believe that the author should resign his chairmanship of the Ornis Committee, a body whose purpose is to find a balance between hunters and...