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  • Sing His praises

        As I wrote recently in this paper, ecumenism, the unity between Christian churches, need not entail uniformity in ritual and in song. One case in point is of entire standing congregations accompanying the organ, as at St Paul’s Cathedral, in...

  • Food for thought

    Reading what Frank Salt had to say in his article ‘Italian restaurants’ (March 8), it seemed to me as though he was not pleased at all with the way things have changed. There are many things he said, especially with regard to the catering field,...

  • No exit

    In the light of Britain’s interminable departure from the European Union, one would do well to revisit the speeches of Jean Monnet, a French economist widely credited as being one of the founding fathers of our beloved European Union. “Europe’s...

  • Common ground

    Rodolfo Ragonesi (‘Brexit? What Brexit?’, March 20) regaled us with a full-page ‘academic’ view on all that is wrong in the UK and Brexit. It was one of many recent articles along the lines of paranoid Eddy Privitera’s rantings on all things not...

  • Electronic vote counting

    The European and local council elections will be held in two months’ time but the electors have yet to be told officially whether vote counting would be done manually or electronically. The people need to be informed. They have a right to know and...

  • A culturally-sensitive system - Rachael Scicluna

    Housing a large and diverse population whose needs and realities are ever changing is never easy for policymakers. In general, households tend to change over time. It is best to liken the household to a living organism.  They adapt in creative and...

  • Examination of conscience - Colm Regan

    Examination of conscience - Colm Regan

    On a recent visit to Malta, Aboriginal leader and statesman Patrick Dodson reminded his audience that racism does not ‘grow wild in a field’. It is planted and nurtured in ‘window boxes’ close to home. Reflecting on the history of his own country...

  • The competitive streak - Frank Salt

    The competitive streak - Frank Salt

    Competition can be on a small scale, or it can be on a large, grander scale. Whichever of the two, it is all about doing as well, or even better than the person or company you are competing against.  All of us who wish to be successful must have a...

  • The Privy Council

    The Privy Council

    During the years when Malta was still a British colony, in the mid-20th century, hence, under British rule, prior to Malta becoming independent in 1964, my uncle, Joseph Flores, was a member of Parliament elected on the Malta Labour Party ticket.

  • Secular ‘messiah’

    In a recent letter (‘Confirmed prediction’, March 11), I referred to a prediction I had made in the late 1990s: “After Pope John Paul, le deluge.” Another prediction I made was included in another letter of mine entitled ‘The theocracy of Malta’...

  • Head in sand

    Having just laboured through the esteemed and ‘learned’ writer’s back-page article (‘Are you being serious?’, March 19), I was struggling to see his point other than cheap, snide point scoring on Sir Andrew Cook’s article (‘Bring back the Sterling...

  • Forward planning - Sandro Chetcuti

    Forward planning - Sandro Chetcuti

    Malta is in dire need of a breath of fresh air, and the fact of the matter is that our sun-kissed islands are in serious need of medium- to long-term design plans that will brighten our future on a global level. Here I am referring to aesthetic...

  • Better environment proposals - Michael Briguglio

    Malta’s EU membership was beneficial to various aspects of environmental policy, yet our country remains a European laggard in so many environmental aspects. These include quality of air, waste management and usage of renewable energy. Though...

  • Don’t blame the gods - Ranier Fsadni

    Don’t blame the gods - Ranier Fsadni

    It sometimes happens that those whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad; but it’s not the gods who are at work in the Brexit mayhem. I grant it’s a tempting thought, particularly when you see that now even the Speaker of the House has...

  • Prayer of a lonely heart 

    Nowadays loneliness is rampant. Recently I found a prayer in St Faustina’s Diary that can offer comfort and solace during these painful moments: “Jesus, Friend of a lonely heart, You are my haven, You are my peace. You are my salvation, You are my...

  • Political arguments

    After reading what I am about to quote from the latest of Adrian Delia’s hysterical speeches, one can decide whether to laugh or cry. I will refrain from commenting on Delia’s surreal arguments leaving such comments to readers. This is what he...

  • Salvini and the Mona Lisa

    I found the remarks by Matteo Salvini typical of his heavy, Lega humour, about the “detention” of the Mona Lisa in the Paris Louvre quite amusing if ill-informed. The Mona Lisa was, in fact, sold to the King of France by Leonardo or his direct heirs.

  • Opinion - Why Malta too should explode the myths that the Kremlin uses

    Opinion - Why Malta too should explode the myths that the Kremlin uses

    When I come across an article like ‘Crimea: five years on’ of March 7 by the Ambassador of Russia to Malta, Vladimir Malygin, I can’t help being reminded of Lord Acton’s famous definition of an ambassador as “an honest man sent abroad to lie for...

  • Watch: Metro every six minutes will coax half the drivers out of cars

    Watch: Metro every six minutes will coax half the drivers out of cars

    An underground system would not be susceptible to traffic jams and that reliability – along with having a service every six minutes – would be enough to coax half the drivers to leave their cars behind, according to architect Konrad Xuereb. He...

  • Overflowing civic amenity sites

    What is wrong with the civic amenity sites? The country’s bulky refuse disposal centres are turning into junkyards, with piles of white goods and electronic waste left to accumulate haphazardly. The situation continues to worsen. Manned by state...