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  • Ban chewing gum

    Ban chewing gum

    I refer to the article by Paul Radmilli on the new paving at Valletta entrance as part of the Piano plan. I agree with most of his comments. Some, indeed, blame the persistent blemishing of the pavement on the light colouring of the stone used for...

  • Whither go we?

    Customs and traditions are under constant threat. It is dangerous to let off fireworks during religious feasts but not for any civil festival. Gasses from fireworks affect fields and crops but lead pellets from shotguns do not alarm anybody. The...

  • Interest rates on savings

    The proposed third pillar pension has been in existence since the Stone Age. Now it has been aborted, before it took off again. Through the ECB directive to lower the bank interest rates on savings, the whole pillar has been blasted to shards. Out...

  • Rocked, rolled

    It must be said that having a VIP section, or VVIP section, at a gig, say, like that of The Prodigy, goes against everything rock ‘n’ roll was ever meant to be in the first place. For those who have forgotten, such music was invented to rebel...

  • Efficient service

    I have been on Warfarin (the blood-thinning medication) for three years now and would like to express my appreciation for a courteous and efficient service at the phlebotomy department in Mater Dei Hospital, which I regularly visit for blood tests.

  • Mindless bell-ringing

    Henry Galea objects to the incessant bell-ringing at Birkirkara. I object to the bell-ringing at St Julian’s. This mindless clanging of bells is supposed to commemorate events that allegedly happened 2,000 years ago. At other times, the bells ring...

  • New religion

    Humans die. The thought of death is a great cause of trauma to so many people. Religions provide relief by promising immortality and give meaning to sickness and other undesirable events. The more one uses his reasonable powers, the more he doubts...

  • A cleaner St Paul’s Bay

    A cleaner St Paul’s Bay

    When faced with a challenge in life one has two avenues: to stay put and whine or do something about it. That is the philosophy behind the setting up of Proud to live in St Paul’s Bay – The Action Group. Leading by example, we hope to raise...

  • Christians in Iraq

    While the media has been highlighting the conflicts in Gaza and eastern Ukraine, another humanitarian crisis is attracting only minimal coverage: the ethnic and religious cleansing in Iraq and Syria. Iraqi Christians had been given a ‘choice’ of...

  • Nationalist insolence

    I was really shocked and disgusted when I read that the PN had approached Franco Debono and asked him to pay his membership fee. It was an insult to the thousands of faithful supporters who remained loyal to the party even during the frightful 16...

  • Tax returns

    From Times of Malta we have learned that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have paid a non-paltry sum to the operators of the kiosk at Mġarr ix-Xini so they can close up for the summer while filming is going on. According to one of the operators, the...

  • The Holy Trinity in Maltese

    As I was reading Fr Mark Montebello’s interesting article ‘Il-Poeżiji reliġjużi ta’ Manwel Dimech’ (Manwel Dimech’s religious poems) in Knisja elfejn, issue number 108, I came across Dimech’s Marian poem in which he refers to Mary as “mit-Tlitija...

  • Priority should be rehabilitation

    A drug withdrawal programme for drug users, carried out by professional rehabilitation institutes, should be the main aim of the government and its agencies prior to the proposed reform of the laws on drug abuse. The 340,000 free syringes given...

  • The blood of St Lawrence

    The blood of St Lawrence

    On the occasion of the arrival of the relic of the blood of the martyr St Lawrence on July 25 at San Lawrenz from Amaseno, I had the privilege to witness the extraordinary liquefaction of the blood preserved in the relic which is in a solid state...

  • Thank you from Pakistan

    I would like to thank the Mission Fund for the generous donation of €2,000 given to me in aid of my mission among the poor whom we, the Sisters of Charity, serve in Pakistan. We invest the donations we receive in education and health as these are...

  • Grateful to the Mission Fund

    I would like to thank the Mission Fund for the generous donation of €4,000. This gift will assist us in helping students to continue receiving their formation and education at school and also to distribute food to poor families. I would also like...

  • Maltese spelling of English words

    The application form for the renewal of an Identity Card requires me to provide the number of my telefown, the number of my mowbajl and my imejl address. How ridiculous can we get? The original spelling of these words, telephone, mobile and...

  • Association funds

    An association organising yearly activities is normally given complimentary covers, stays and places. Such an association benefits from at least two free places from dinners, weekend stays, receptions and tours or cruises. These gains are...

  • Cheated tourists

    My girlfriend and I holidayed in Malta for the past two years. We enjoyed the country, its beauty, the people and their warmth. We met many fantastic Maltese. For example, when we were looking for the Neolithic temples, an elderly citizen of...

  • Streets with new name

    A headline on July 30 read: ‘Sammut’s wrong. That’s not the name of my street!’ I do not understand why this is news because it is normal practice not to inform all concerned when the street name or even the boundary area is changed in Malta. I...