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  • Teachers on productive toes - Noemi Zarb

    Teachers on productive toes - Noemi Zarb

    Josef Said’s article ‘Why teachers need grades too’ (October 22) must have got conversations going in several staffrooms; my assumption being that it was read by many teachers in the first place. Whether they did or not, I would like to comment on...

  • Youths’ visit to Cyprus

    The articles ‘Mayor silent on Ayia Napa youth “delegation”’ (September 18) and ‘St Paul’s Bay council probed over “holiday”’ (September 28) are based on several incorrect facts and put the local council in bad light. It is not true that the...

  • Star attraction

    In response to an article by Herbert Messina Ferrante (September 29), Karl Flores (October,17) takes the former to task for daring to criticise football superstars’ (Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo) non-attendance at the recent Luka Modric Fifa...

  • The forgotten isle

    The forgotten isle

    It is a fact that we are on the brink of winter with stormy seas prevailing in the Gozo channel. These weather conditions only affect hundreds of Gozitans who, day in day out, have to cross over to Malta either in connection with their work or for...

  • Great expectations dashed

    A rise in pension over and above the annual cost-of-living allowance, just announced in the Budget for 2019, is most welcome by the thousands of pensioners struggling to make ends meet, but does it meet their expectations? Are the amounts paid in...

  • Fast ferries, tomatoes and kings - Arthur Muscat

    I cannot imagine how the owners of a specialised maritime ferry company, like Virtu Ferries, could overnight decide to register a food processing company and participate in a public tender exercise to supply processed food products to government...

  • Devils we don’t know - Ranier Fsadni

    Devils we don’t know - Ranier Fsadni

    The traditionally pragmatic UK hurtles towards a Brexit deal no one likes, while a majority of voters now seem to favour Remain. Those old foes, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, find they need each other in November’s US midterm elections. In Malta, a...

  • A government for the rich - Denis Tanti

    A government for the rich - Denis Tanti

    The gap between rich and poor in Malta has continued to rise since the Labour Party regained power in 2013. Not all the population has benefitted from the economic development and prosperity that the country has experienced, with the economic pie...

  • The shocking truth

    Let us have another look at those electricity bills, issued as they are six times a year, each covering a two-month period. As many now know, the billing system adopted by ARMS over the past five years has a vile catch that was not there before 2013.

  • Fishy stories

    Adrian Hillman, who gets €4,000 a month from a government consultancy job, was put on forced leave and later resigned from all positions within the Allied Group following the Panama Papers leak. So, along with ‘Mystic’ (Konrad) Mizzi and ‘Shifty’...

  • Damning indictment

    Damning indictment

    The Times of Malta’s supplement ‘Justice beckons’ (October 16) was an indictment of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his Labour government. I was particularly struck by Simon Busuttil’s write-up on the ‘Rotten state of our democracy’. The Labour...

  • The light that will never be extinguished

    The light that will never be extinguished

    Beyond our shores people pay tribute to Daphne. While here, on this blighted rock, Owen and his sad lot spew rubbish to defend the indefensible. They pontificate about the money spent to clean a memorial, saying more trash than the cleansing...

  • ‘Good governance’ record in tatters

    It is doubtful if the National Audit Office has ever been as busy as it is today. Over and above the annual audit of government finances and those of its agencies, it has on its plate three requests for a specific investigation of highly...

  • Legal aid spending - Marc Sant

    The front page article ‘Legal aid spending second lowest’ (October 5) provides an important opportunity to promote the progress made in this essential sphere of equal access to justice and equality before the law, while providing other information...

  • Rationality and emotion - Martin Scicluna

    Rationality and emotion - Martin Scicluna

    Simon Busuttil is the embodiment of that aphorism attributed to Enoch Powell that all political lives end in failure. I have always had a personal liking for Simon Busuttil the man, as opposed to Simon Busuttil the politician, ever since he and I...

  • The businessmen among us - Frank Salt

    The businessmen among us - Frank Salt

    In life there are so many things that could be termed good or bad. Such as good people and bad people.  Good weather and bad weather. There are good doctors and bad doctors. Good lawyers and bad lawyers. Good parents and bad parents. And there are...

  • Of pots and kettles

    I so wish I could spend just one whole week without the bellyaching from that ‘impartial’ correspondent with the perennial chip on his shoulder. Yes, it’s Eddy Privitera again whose letter headed ‘Conduct unbecoming’ (October 19) would be most...

  • The four-hour rule

    The four-hour rule

    The domestic waste scheme outlined by the Environment Minister will suffer from more than teething troubles as it is clearly unworkable. The average person is unable to see personal benefit from recycling his/her waste and, lacking an...

  • Watch: “Malta's agriculture will die unless…”

    Watch: “Malta's agriculture will die unless…”

    An agriculture expert has underlined the need for immediate action unless Malta is to end up shorn of any crop growers within 15 years. "I think if the current trends continue we will not have any full-time farmers in 15 to 20 years. We will have...

  • Societal elements

    I read with attention the leader entitled ‘A stable rental housing market’ (October 19). I  disagree totally with the penultimate paragraph. This thing called “the free market” does not exist. Let’s stop seeing it as some god with all the...