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Letters

  • Copy, paste, photoshop = art?

    In 2012, David Hockney presented his one-man exhibition of abstraction and realism in his landscape works at the National Gallery in London, which took art afficionados by storm. He is a reputable plien air artist (which means he paints from live)...

  • With power comes great responsibility

    Management style is the manner in which you approach your leadership and management role and relationship with the employees who report to you. For organisations to develop, they require a direction. Leadership is less about your needs, and more...

  • A parrot-like saying in homilies

    A biblical verse that is popular with priests and repeated in homilies is Proverbs 24,16. It is as much erroneously quoted as it is popular. The quoted verse reads: “The just man falls seven times a day.” Here the error is twofold. First, in the...

  • Excellent Mater Dei

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Mater Dei’s Accident and Emergency Department for the excellent and caring way they treated my wife on a Sunday morning after she fell at home. The level of care and professionalism of...

  • Exceptional hospital care

    I would like to publicly express my gratitude for the care, attention and service my mother received last July and August at Mater Dei Hospital, especially from Medical Ward 4 (M4) and, since September, from MAU4. I would like to greatly...

  • Death on the roads

    Death on the roads

    It was bound to happen: a 76-year-old woman was killed when she was hit by a car while walking on the pavement in Attard. Not so long ago, also in Attard, an elderly man was killed near the traffic lights in Mdina Road and twin girls were...

  • Europe’s traffic black spot

    I was knocked down by a car on the pedestrian crossing in St Paul’s Bay. I would like to thank my neighbours, who were crossing at the time, and the local shopkeepers, who cared for me while injured and have been solicitous since. My special...

  • Blinkered humour

    Commenting on his predecessors’ failure to appreciate the value of economic aggregates, Keynes once wrote: “It was harder to de-bamboozle them than to bamboozle them in the first place… one does not undiscover America.” This logic seems to be...

  • Fertile year for stamp issues

    As Maltapost has, once again, failed to publish its philatelic programme for 2015, I suggest some new issues that could make the Malta Stamp Collection more interesting. This year marks the 450th anniversary of the Great Siege (1565) as well as...

  • Last year’s big mystery

    The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, which left Kuala Lumpur to China on March 8 and, so far, has not been found, remains the greatest mystery of 2014. What happened? If it did go down somewhere over the Indian Ocean, where is...

  • When the strongest are hit hardest

    There is an extremely small percentage of leaders and individuals who are not affected by stress. They only worry when they don’t have anything to worry about. Throughout history, leaders have succumbed to illnesses brought about by stress,...

  • Danger spot on Gozo road

    The road that takes you from Victoria to Żebbug is in relatively good condition in comparison to other roads in Gozo. However, when one drives past the tarmac plant, up the hill and approaching the cemetery, there is a really dangerous patch...

  • Powerful generosity

    Powerful generosity

    To us octogenarians in the ancient city of Vittoriosa, L- Istrina was a happy occasion on January 1, when, with a money box in hand, we expected parents, relatives and close friends to give us a hefty monetary gift. A noble gesture initiated by...

  • God’s TV go-between

    Roberto Benigni, actor, film director and minstrel, has recently presented a two-part programme on Italian television dedicated to the Ten Commandments. Around 10 million viewers are estimated to have watched it. Considering the huge, persistent...

  • No competition in oil market

    No competition in oil market

    The reductions announced in the prices of unleaded petrol and diesel in the Budget 2015, applicable on January 1, have paled into insignificance given the downward trend in oil at present. The European Commission published the prices of fuel as...

  • Questions from Pope Francis

    A booklet recently published by the Catholic Truth Society, London titled Rejoice, reproduced a letter sent by the Pope to consecrated men and women in preparation for the year dedicated to consecrated life. A number of pertinent questions were...

  • Names on marble plaque

    I refer to the article entitled ‘Ray Zammit’s name not in the official list’ published on Times of Malta and www.timesofmalta.com (December 30). The Police Force stresses that the plaque commemorating those who headed the corps these past 200 ...

  • A fort in darkness

    I was walking on the Tigné side one evening recently and couldn’t help noticing that while all the shopping areas are now all lit up for the money-making Christmas season, across the bay, Fort St Elmo and even the old Tigné tower next to me...

  • It is cruel to trap birds

    “There is no doubt that the government is strongly committed to eradicating animal cruelty from the Maltese Islands.” So wrote Desmond Zammit Marmará in his piece ‘Beautiful are the beasts’, December 22). Perhaps, during this festive...

  • President’s achievement

    In his article that was entitled ‘No Christmas, Merry-Louise?’ (December 23), Ivan Fenech objects to the President’s suggestion that “The Catholic religion is no longer central to cultural activity because of the vast changes happening in our...

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