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  • Bus routes to hospital

    Reference is made to Alfred Cauchi’s letter ‘Direct bus to hospital’ (March 12). The correspondent is kindly reminded that Mater Dei Hospital is the second-best connected location in Malta, with 28 routes connecting the hospital to many different...

  • A flawed economic model

    Malta’s significant economic growth, improving fiscal dynamics and low unemployment levels are impressive. However, they can never be the only criteria to judge whether the present economic model will deliver long-term benefits to Maltese...

  • Not just gender quotas - Hermann Schiavone

    In the last few weeks the Prime Minister has floated a number of ideas about how he wishes to reform our political system. Gender quotas, albeit now under a different name, appear  to be his top priority. He has, however, also mentioned a time...

  • Love over war - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Love over war - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Is it really that hard to comprehend? With every year that passes, I am increasingly convinced that humanity is caught in some collective bipolar disorder.  On the one hand the average Jane and Joe see the seeds of love germinating as they bring...

  • Electoral law review - Martin Scicluna

    Electoral law review - Martin Scicluna

    Austin Bencini, an eminent constitutional lawyer, has just published an account of the evolution of Malta’s electoral system: Malta’s Electoral System. A Constitutional Review. It is an extensive and comprehensive study, describing how the system...

  • Air crash victim

    Air crash victim

    The world of cultural heritage has lost one of its giants. Sebastiano Tusa (right), who died on the Ethiopian Airlines tragedy, was well known in Malta. He had insisted and founded the Superintendence of the Sea in Sicily and has been Assessore...

  • Panama links

    Now we have it from the horse’s mouth. Eddy Privitera has, at last, acknowledged a link between Panama and Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri. In his letter ‘Damaging statements’ (March 7), he wrote about Panama, saying it is depicted as being a...

  • A timely word

    The world is full of surprises. Not by any stretch of the imagination could anyone envisage that perhaps only John Guillaumier and Anthony Collins in the whole universe have proved that there is no God.  This is surely a monumental blip because to...

  • Why abortion?

    The reason why western women have abortions is, overwhelmingly, crude selfishness. They are worried about their fading looks, their lucrative careers, their adulterous social lives, their ever-so-precious ‘self-esteem’ and, of course, giving birth...

  • Watch: 'Remove the George Cross and relocate colonial monuments'

    Watch: 'Remove the George Cross and relocate colonial monuments'

    It is time for the Maltese to ditch the misguided celebration of its colonial past and do away with flag insignia and monuments spread across its capital, according to historian Charles Xuereb. Malta decided to incorporate the George Cross in its...

  • An untrustworthy ‘culture’

    As head of the civil service, Mario Cutajar is in duty bound to implement government policy and also defend it. But he cannot defend the indefensible and neither term as “a cultural matter” what top constitutional experts deem to be a dangerous...

  • Threatening our cherished Gozo - Martin Cauchi Inglott

    Gozo is a gem, with its unique geology, pristine natural habitat and landscapes, laid-back community life, culinary delights and quaint villages. Common sense would normally dictate that this way of life be nurtured to preserve our touristic...

  • Not under one’s thumb - Anthony Trevisan

    Not under one’s thumb - Anthony Trevisan

    A most important basic tenet of the British parliamentary system has been the supremacy of the British Parliament. With no written constitution the sovereignty of the British Parliament had remained unchallenged for centuries.  Enter the EU with...

  • Continuous achievements - Lino DeBono

    Continuous achievements - Lino DeBono

    A young Gozitan teenager took the islands by storm when she managed, by her wonderful voice and personality, to take top prize in the first Malta X Factor contest. As expected, all Gozitans were routing support for Michela. Families followed her...

  • Knights’ stay in Malta

    I enjoyed reading the item ‘Talk on granting Malta to Knights of Saint John in 1530’ (February 19). The item implied dissatisfaction once the knights arrived in Malta. Though that may be true in many aspects, the island gave the knights a...

  • Island of heroes

    The George Cross was awarded to the Maltese people in the 1940s for their resistance against an invasion. Many Maltese people and allied servicemen died when the island became the most bombed place on earth, even more than London. The George Cross...

  • Utility bills

    Utility bills

    Usually, our ARMS bill is between December and February 4 but, for some reason, this year it is from December 5 to January 18. Why? When you contact them, they can give no reason, citing only that it does not make any difference. Is this another...

  • Parking space

    Austin Sammut (‘Hospital parking’, March 2), rightly laments the lack of outpatient parking at Mater Dei Hospital. It is an unfortunate and unintended outcome of induced demand for car use. However, with the exception of the conceptual spirals at...

  • Direct bus to hospital

    Various newspapers, including the Times of Malta, and even TVM quoted Malta Public Transport saying on February 6 thatroute TD17, from the Pembroke Park and Ride to the University, was extended to Mater Dei Hospital. In spite of this announcement...

  • The sacraments

    Sacraments reveal the mercy of God, says Pope Francis. And God’s mercy is everywhere, provided that the recipient of the sacrament is open to receive it. Is this not the real dignity of the sacrament itself when it is generously given to those who...