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  • Inspirational forbear - Carm Mifsud Bonnici

    Today is the 70th anniversary of the death of my grandfather, Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici, known as il-Gross. After 70 years, what remains of his legacy in thought, in principle and in example? What strikes me most and stands out from what he wrote,...

  • Child sex abuse cover-ups - Martin Scicluna

    Child sex abuse cover-ups - Martin Scicluna

    When Pope Francis replaced the holy but ineffectual Pope Benedict in 2013, the Vatican hoped it had the measure of a global child-sex abuse scandal that had shaken its foundations for two decades. Regrettably, the lesson of the Pope’s tenure so...

  • Humble and loving Church

    I would have won the jackpot if I had staked that John Guillaumier would avail himself of the Pennsylvania sex scandals revelation to further vilify and debunk the Roman Catholic Church. This was no run of the mill affair as when Ireland won the...

  • Road myths

    It’s been an interesting couple of weeks in the media. While Justin Timberlake and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte were spotted on bikes, Steve Pace’s opinion, the ‘Myth of village cores’, or the challenges faced by the Gżira mayor’s vision of a...

  • Hard-working horses

    Hard-working horses

    Joseph Bezzina wrote that the horse races have been held since the Middle Ages (‘Santa Marija horse races’, August 23). The point at issue is not really how long such races have been held but, rather, whether these should be held when the sun is...

  • The war against plastics

    If only people everywhere would realise the harm plastic is doing to our health and to the environment the huge amount of plastic waste lying around on land and at sea would surely be reduced considerably. As global awareness of such harm is...

  • A patriot’s deep love for his country - Anġlu Farrugia

    In the speech I made this year during the Sette Giugno commemoration, I referred to a thesis written by my good friend from Mosta Fr Tony Sciberras, who is a member of the Missionary Society of St Paul. His thesis included the biography of Mgr...

  • Movie made in Malta - Frank Salt

    Movie made in Malta - Frank Salt

    There are many people like me whose fathers lived and fought during World War II. My father fought in Malta but no matter which country they fought in, or what type of fighting they were made to do, these old veterans hardly ever spoke of what...

  • Public safety issues

    Reference is made to the article ‘Talk to the police, concerned citizen told after reporting dangling AC unit’ (timesofmalta.com, August 14). The Occupational Health and Safety Authority would like to voice its objection to the slant taken by the...

  • Hands off Sliema

    What a suggestion, changing the name of Sliema to Ħal Ħoss (‘Ħal Ħoss not Sliema’, August 22). We residents of Sliema are happy with the name our forefathers chose for this seaside town. Fishermen sailing out Valletta used to say a prayer on...

  • Ministerial advice

    The advice given by Chris Fearne to Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri is curious in many ways. To begin with, I do not think a seasoned Cabinet minister like Mizzi needs advice. As for Schembri, I would think that having been in business for such a...

  • Monuments to patriotism

    Monuments to patriotism

    I find it difficult to understand the selective logic of those politically-correct Americans who insist on tearing down all monuments to and insignia of the Confederacy in the civil war because, in their opinion, these artefacts glorify slavery...

  • Local neighbourhood WAGs

    In Britain, they’re called WAGs, wives and girlfriends of professional athletes. The term has caught on so well there is now even a TV series of the same title. We never had WAGs in Malta but we are getting close, with a political equivalent. The...

  • Join our war on plastic - Roberta Metsola

    Single-use plastics are clogging our seas, killing our marine life and causing irreparable damage to our natural environment. Worrying statistics show us that close to 75 per cent of the marine litter in the world’s oceans is plastic. Malta and...

  • Refunding utility bills? - Michael Briguglio

    Before parliamentary business stopped for a summer recess, Energy Minister Joe Mizzi announced that a review process on utility bills would be taking place.  Many people expect a fair deal with respect to the more frequent and costlier utility...

  • Clerical abuse

    Ongoing exposures of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests show there is a lot of corruption behind the ‘holy doors’. In Chile, the police recently raided the headquarters of the Catholic Church’s Episcopal Conference, thus ending “the impunity...

  • Once bitten twice shy

    I was saddened reading about the pit bull that attacked a teenager. First of all, the pit bull is supposed to be banned from Malta. Instead, in recent years we had American pit bulls, which are as different as Coca Cola is from Pepsi Cola. All the...

  • Bus icons

    Bus icons

    In the 1960s, route bus drivers practically used to compete in having the best decorated statue or religious symbols just behind their seat. Could we, at least, have a sticker near the driver with the words “Verbum Dei Caro Factum Est”? That was...

  • Gozo beach cleaning

    Reference is made to the letter by Claire Cordina Borg, unit manager, national affairs, at the Environment and Resources Authority, entitled ‘Beach cleaning procedures’ (August 16). As officer in charge of the Public Cleansing Department at the...

  • Burlò - August 27, 2018

    Burlò - August 27, 2018

    Apologies to Bert and Ernie