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Letters

  • Second AFM commission

    It was announced that another AFM commission has been set up to investigate alleged discrimination within the armed forces, going back over the past seven years or more. The new commission will still be headed by s former brigadier, Maurice...

  • The Shanghai Electric sale

    There are parallels between John Dalli’s sale of Mid-Med Bank to the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank and Konrad Mizzi’s sale of the BWSC plant to the Shanghai Electric Company. Both came out of the blue without prior public discussion. The HSBC deal...

  • The fulcrum of family and society

    Over time, family culture has contributed to Malta’s welfare. It did so economically, politically and socially more so in matters of education and character formation. Practically all Maltese families regard children as a treasure. Numerous...

  • Why cast a shadow on presidency?

    In this (un)democratic country, it is no surprise that the Prime Minister should attempt to circumvent the Constitution and dictate what the duties of the president-designate should be. Of course, there is no harm in redefining the role of the...

  • Homophobia in Uganda

    Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni, called homosexuals “mercenaries” and “prostitutes” as he signed legislation setting harsh penalties against them, including long-term jail sentences. Navi Pillay, the top United Nations human rights official,...

  • Chronology of LNG plant explosions

    I refer to the article erroneously headed ‘Minister ignores recent liquefied gas plant blasts’ and sub-headed ‘Brincat claims the last explosion happened 70 years ago’ (March 20). As can be confirmed from the transcripts of the parliamentary...

  • Threat to Marsaxlokk

    Despite the public outcry over the LNG storage vessel off Marsaxlokk, the government is stubbornly refusing to budge. This may lead one to believe that yet another pre-election deal may have been undertaken. Safety must be at a premium and one can...

  • ‘Presidential’ debate on TV

    The Spectator’s contributors must be following the local scene as its March 8 edition had a piece which questioned the usefulness of televised political debates. This is what it said: “Why do I so strongly not want there to be televised debates...

  • Migrant debt to the Maltese

    An irregular immigrant is complaining about being sentenced to a prison term for escaping from detention. There are several facts he may need to know. We Maltese, both as Catholics and because we are subject to international obligations we have...

  • Controversy over St Paul in Malta

    Stephan Mifsud is the latest to question whether St Paul ever came to Malta. Like previous theorists, he restricted his hypothesis to a single factor while ignoring other far more reliable sources. The Acts of the Apostles do not exist in isolation.

  • Xemxija sunny side no more

    It is a fact beyond any doubt that the proposed high building in Triq is-Simar, Xemxija is being vigorously opposed, for many valued reasons, by all residents of this area and by others who have the environment at heart. We are repeatedly told...

  • Making headlines

    A few months ago, the Prime Minister made headlines when he asked the EU “to smell the coffee”. Now he is asking those who reside in Marsaxlokk and Birżebbuġa ‘to smell the gas’. Not to be undone, his wife, in a message on Women’s Day, is reported...

  • No to chemical dump in Med

    Michael DeTar, chargé d’affaires at the US embassy reacted to my article ‘Don’t dump nukes in the Med’. Nowhere in my article did I mention nuclear weapons or ‘nukes’. The unfortunate title was chosen by the newspaper. My proposed title was...

  • No recipe for fascism

    Reading the article ‘Wartime ghosts haunt Ukraine’ (March 14), I once again was dismayed by the indiscriminate use of the term fascist. It seems you can apply it to whatever attitude or political situation you confront as long you dislike it. To...

  • Lessons from St Joseph

    Today is the feast of St Joseph, the husband of the Virgin Mary and the legal father of Jesus. He is the patron saint of the Church as well as of the dying. Joseph teaches us humility. He was fully dependent on God’s design for the Holy Family.

  • A needless hassle to vote

    It is both interesting and alarming that the majority of non-Maltese residents who are EU citizens and might want to vote in the EU parliamentary elections learnt how to do this only via a letter to this newspaper (March 14). Alarming because the...

  • Please, stop complaining

    My, my! ‘Bank lending rates not a major concern for firms’ (March 12). I should jolly well hope so. What would journalists have said had they were living in some era when, in Malta, the lowest rate of overdraft or loan from local banks was to the...

  • Mystery of the missing plane

    Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 left Kuala Lumpur on March 8 and disappeared from radar screens as if by magic somewhere over Southeast Asia. What happened to it? Is it true that the plane went off course? Why did the radio transmitter in the...

  • Dialogue with MEPs

    I refer to the comment by Joe Tanti in the Times of Malta Business of Thursday, March 13, entitled ‘For a better representation in Europe’. Tanti raises the very important issue concerning the “significant room for improvement in the way that...

  • Australian passports

    A few weeks ago we saw the leader of the Opposition waving in Parliament the signatures of some 1,000 Maltese-Australians who were protesting against the sale of Maltese passports. One regular contributor tothe press likened this actto...

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