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Letters

  • The great Shakespearean snub (1)

    The great Shakespearean snub (1)

    In a world of sound and fury, where the milk of human kindness and the qualities of mercy have gone sour, the mighty figure of the great Elizabethan dramatist, William Shakespeare, the Swan of Avon, master of them all, stands supreme as age has...

  • The great Shakespearean snub (2)

    William Shakespeare’s death 400 years ago was commemorated recently in many enlightened countries besides England, his  birthplace. The Bard, like Venice, does not only belong to England, however, like Venice, is the world’s heritage. Malta, a...

  • Fitting tribute

    Fr Peter Serracino Inglott (1936-2012) would have marked his 80th birthday last Tuesday. Like others, I was privileged to have known him and benefited from the formation he helped us achieve when he served as national chaplain and we were national...

  • Hide and seek

    Kindly allow me to refer to a news item titled ‘PM’s top aide rejects fresh leaks from Panama Papers’ (April 11). The report stated: “Keith Schembri, the Prime Minister’s chief of staff ‘categorically denied’ any control in his Panama company...

  • A wake-up call for the local Church

    A few years ago, Jack Carrigan of the Catholic Herald interviewed Finola Kennedy, who recently wrote a well-researched and comprehensive biography of Frank Duff, founder of the Legion of Mary in Ireland in 1921. The interview was published in the...

  • Christian meditation

    I refer to the article entitled ‘Private lessons piling too much pressure on pupils’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, April 24). There is a Christian response to this, which is based on Jesus’s own teaching on prayer and on the prayer of the early...

  • Science education in Malta

    I hear that science education in Malta in primary and secondary schools is to be revamped and a new system introduced. Apparently, science teaching at primary school level will be undertaken by the primary school teacher. I think this is wrong as...

  • PM is in a fix

    It looks as if Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has put himself in a situation where he’ll be dammed if he does and he’ll be damned if he doesn’t.

  • The Maltese are southern Europeans

    I refer to ‘Sound Bites’ (‘Sounds of Science’, The Sunday Times of Malta, April 24). According to a section of this article the “Maltese come from a 12th century Sicilian Arabic origin”. I would like to make the following observations: The...

  • God bless our new parish priest of Ibraġ

    Ibraġ has a new parish priest. During an enlightening ceremony Archbishop Charles Scicluna gave the keys of the parish to Fr Mario Tong. In the official citation, those present were literally awestricken by the pastoral, spiritual and leadership...

  • Having a bath

    Having a bath

    This water culvert in Bastion Street, Senglea, has been blocked for a couple of years and quite a few letters complaining about this to the authorities have been ignored. Now I am writing on behalf of the pigeons. Take your time, there is no hurry...

  • The value of hope

    If a person loses hope in life, he would have lost everything. In every problem, a person is like walking through a long tunnel but at the end of the tunnel he must see a beam of light. A person of hope, who lived in 1945, was Fr James Keller who...

  • Dirty politics

    In the bible, Timothy (6:10) says: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” and, as the Maltese saying goes, “it’s their pockets they fill up first”. Past administrations, be they Labour or Nationalist, all had their Konrad Mizzis...

  • Disillusioned voters

    Simon Busuttil is setting standards, including ethical standards, in this country. In a couple of years of PN leadership, he confirmed he is a man of principle and that he is true to his word even in the most difficult circumstances. He is...

  • The threat of instability

    The threat of instability

    The collapse of Syria poses a huge threat to Middle Eastern stability.  Syria has been a major player in the Arab world since World War II.  It was indeed a major player among the dizzying cast of foreign powers that intervened in Lebanon’s...

  • Don’t shoot the pigeon

    Local councillors are taking it upon themselves to cull feral pigeons in the presences of police officers even though it is against the law to use firearms within 50 metres of a main road and 200 metres from a habitable area. In the meantime,...

  • God’s chemistry

    Starting from the premise that we are surrounded by marvels and mysteries, I dare write that the world’s greatest sufferers have produced the most shining examples of unconquerable faith. The greatest Christians in history seem to say that their...

  • Dangerous grids in Mosta

    Dangerous grids in Mosta

    Lately I noticed that some of the water grids installed along one side of Eucharistic Congress Road, Mosta are in dire need of repair. I sent an e-mail to the local council and, within a few minutes, they replied saying they passed on my complaint...

  • Statue controversy

    I fully agree with what Charles Deguara (April 26) had to say about the new titular statue for Christ the King parish in Paola. Before a final decision was made on the type of titular statue of Christ the King that Paola should have, the late Dun...

  • Restoration

    I was very pleased to read that the chapel in San Ġwann, known as San Ġwann tal-Għargħar, will be restored this June. The interior is also in great need of restoration. The rooms added to the chapel about 40 years ago ruin the aesthetics of the...

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