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Letters

  • Seven or even more genders

    What are the implications of the Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Bill on children and adolescents, both those who are transgender or intersex and those who are not? What do doctors, sociologists, psychiatrists and...

  • Three big passions

    Three big passions

    I have three great passions in my life, that of faith, that of life and that of sports. After living a long life as an Augustinian priest, experiencing eight World Cup finals and six Olympic Games, the greatest experience in my life has been my...

  • Bird statistics that don’t lie

    In what Frans Said considers logical, he compares Maltese hunting statistics with European, basing his whole argument on Malta being “one of the major routes which sees birds channelled through a funnel during the migration season”. This is...

  • Unflinchingly Christian

    Barely a couple of decades ago, the people of Malta marked the solemnity of Christ the King by thronging the granaries, in Floriana to pay heed to shepherds of integrity preaching the Word of Our Lord. This year, throngs of people, from all...

  • The meanings of Christmas

    In Western civilisation, Christmas has different meanings and different traditions. To our prehistoric forbears, at Ħaġar Qim temples in Malta and at Stonehenge sanctuary in England, this period portrayed the solar winter solstice. The shortest...

  • Best of a poor crop

    Best of a poor crop

    Amber’s Warrior is certainly a tune suitable to be performed at the world’s biggest music show in Vienna next May. But it is far from being a clear winner. It’s average rhythm, ordinary lyrics and untrained voice will have to fight hard to get...

  • PN just wants to get even

    The PN hierarchy has already decided the result of the magisterial inquiry into the shooting incident involving the Home Affairs Minister’s security driver. In fact, they have already shot the inquiry down by inferring it will find he was not...

  • Coloured property scenarios

    Frank Salt’s Talking Point ‘An unfair tax on property’ (November 24) poses a series of hypothetical scenarios pulled out to suit the interests of estate agents. They are bereft of so many potential variables which, if they were factored in, would...

  • ‘Great wall’ an eyesore

    Charles Calleja is right about the great wall (or ‘bastion’) of Salina (November 24) being an eyesore and his suggestion for an alternative solution is very valid. This wall will become an even worse eyesore with time as Maltese stone of mediocre...

  • ‘Warning’ needed for TVM comedy

    I am no religious fundamentalist or extremist. However, I could not keep back from airing this complaint of mine for the attention of PBS. TVM has been airing a number of episodes of Mrs Brown’s Boys. I watched most of them, but lately I have been...

  • The day after

    The day after the Budget should be a day of reflection and no work to contemplate what was said.

  • Grave in need of upgrading

    Grave in need of upgrading

    This is a photo of a communal grave (a total of 16) dedicated to lay members of the Franciscan Order (Terzjarji Franġiskani) originating from Sliema. The writing underneath St Francis’s statue reads: Qui riposano le ossa dei Terziari Frangeskani...

  • President’s escort too aggressive

    It is about time that the police revisit the aggressive driving manner that is used when escorting the President’s car. On three occasions in as many days, I came across the President’s car being escorted by police motorcycle outriders and, on...

  • If Malta should strike oil or gas

    Preliminary investigations appear to indicate that the Maltese archipelago is resting ona treasure trove of oil and gas. Whether this is so would quite likely be confirmed in the very near future, now that thefirst drilling of test wells began...

  • Where are the wardens?

    We have been promised a new warden system, one where instead of having some wardens playing the game of hide and seek, it would be one which educates the people first and then, if necessary, applies the law. Last Tuesday, while walking along...

  • Green award is an utter sham

    Green award is an utter sham

    The choice of Chris Packham to receive the UK Green Ribbon Award for the best environmental campaign by the media – “anti-hunting blogs filmed in Malta” – as reported on November 18, is indeed significant. Clearly this proves clowns are most...

  • Ghost of Lorry Sant revisited

    Ivan Fenech is probably one of my favourite local columnists, but on this one occasion I might have to disagree with him justa little. In his write-up ‘Ghost of Lorry Sant’ Fenech speaks against the building of hotels on that stretch of rugged...

  • Beware of extremists

    The TV news bulletin on Euronews of November 20 showed a security exercise being held in Antwerp, Belgium. Just in case. Hopefully never. The commentator said, in the meantime, that it was extremists, who are often some 10 per cent of any group...

  • Doctor’s note for book loan extension

    On Friday, November 21, I phoned the Melitensia section of the University Library to explain I might be unable to return on the due date the book borrowed up to the day after (November 22). I was asked when I expected to return it, and when...

  • The creators

    In reply to the atheist correspondents in these columns, I would like to say that when I see a beautiful building, I think of the architects, the one who conceived the idea and saw it through. The creator. When I see the most beautiful...