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  • Fragmentation at the core - Eleanor Borg

    Embryo freezing and adoption, gamete donation and surrogacy are being debated and I hope serious considerations aretaken on the matter prior to amending the present laws. I have listened to the different voices who spoke on the matter: the...

  • Question time: Facing big challenges

    Clint Camilleri, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights In implementing a policy, one might think that financing of the policy would be the determining factor for the success of a policy. However, it takes more than...

  • Childhood vaccines - Victoria Farrugia Sant’Angelo

    Vaccination is a way of protecting children and adults against serious disease. Once children have been vaccinated against certain diseases, their bodies will produce cells known as antibodies which will fight off the bacteria or viruses causing...

  • In praise of the teacher - Mariella Vella

    In praise of the teacher - Mariella Vella

    Countless good deeds (which include the mundane as well as the extraordinary) are carried out every day by school teachers. I know: I am a witness. I am a fourth generation head of school and proud of it. I grew up hearing about teachers,...

  • The rule of law

    Reference is made to the article ‘Chief civil servant refuses to say how many public jobs became permanent’ (May 10). I daresay that, for correctness’ sake, fundamental crucial facts should have been highlighted in the article. Prior to April...

  • Yodelling Delia

    In his letter about Adrian Delia (May 5) Eddy Privitera, among other things, said: “Foreign investment projects keep being announ­ced on a weekly (Sunday morning sermons) if not daily basis.” Could our friend please mention at least one foreign...

  • Pesticides in Maltese produce

    Pesticides in Maltese produce

    As a regular visitor to Malta for over 40 years, I have always bought my fruit and vegetables from the farmers’ market or from the many roadside vendors. However, since being made aware of the abuse of pesticides by some local farmers, I have, for...

  • Shoot first tactics

    It is becoming an ever-increasing trend in today’s society to first claim a right to do whatever suits us and then do triple backward somersaults to justify and legitimise this so-called right. Paradoxically, the rights of human beings still...

  • When worlds collide

    Around and on May Day, two mass events took place in Valletta, events that were worlds apart. It was not partisanship alone that separated the two crowds. It was their very outlook on life, on doing things right and on keeping morality in politics.

  • Reckless and insane - Svetlana Schembri Wismayer

    An embryo is a new, unique individual produced when an egg from a woman is fertilised by a sperm from a man. An embryo is made up of cells, a new born baby from a larger number of cells and an adult is made of an even larger number of cells.

  • Smiles on tiger faces - John Vassallo

    Smiles on tiger faces - John Vassallo

    The plurals in the title are intentional. Everybody is euphoric about the recent meeting, smiles, talks and toasts at the Peace House on the demarcation line zone in Korea. And we should all be very pleased with any sort of progress and hopes for...

  • Freezing not the only way - Tony Mifsud

    Freezing not the only way - Tony Mifsud

    In his article Eight cells in the lab  (May 2) Mark Sant, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, a consultant at the Assisted Reproductive Technology Clinic at Mater Dei Hospital, said that “he wants to concentrate on the situation wherein a...

  • Cycle lanes are for car drivers

    We keep hearing in the press about how this road or that road will have so many kilometres for car drivers and a few hundred metres of cycle lanes, often relegated to one side. Clearly people on bikes will have to use main roads when accessing the...

  • The bright side of Brexit

    Michael Owen painted a very dismal picture of life in the UK (April 21). Owen is in exalted company: Barack Obama warned of dire consequences should we have the temerity to vote leave, Jamie Dymon of JP Morgan tried the same tactic, and our own...

  • Serious undertones

    Serious undertones

    I would like to draw the attention of the Commissioner for Children to the following text which is an unofficial summary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. “The preamble recalls the basic principles of the United Nations and specific...

  • Solar access should be a right

    Some countries, like parts of the US, have had solar rights and solar access legislation for 40 years. But the government is still mulling on whether now is the right time to enact solar rights legislation to protect photovoltaic panel owners from...

  • Strategy of the Church - Carmel Vella

    I was very sorry to read the contribution by Fr Mark Montebello (April 25). It was truly unbecoming. However, as I am accustomed to his polemical writings I was not surprised. Notwithstanding that, I find this poor contribution loathsome and I am...

  • The problem of change - Manuel Vella Rago

    The problem of change - Manuel Vella Rago

    Anyone remotely familiar with philosophy or has attended some basic introductory course may be familiar with ‘the problem of change’. It is often used, rightly, to introduce the subject. Change happens; nature is change and change signifies the...

  • What Fr Peter really said - Ranier Fsadni

    Recently, in the middle of a debate about the proposed new IVF law, the government waved a shiny object at its critics. And it has managed to distract them. The shiny object: the views of the late philosopher Fr Peter Serracino-Inglott, first...

  • Satan and exorcism

    Thanks to Pope Francis, Satan and exorcism are back in vogue. A write-up in the Times of Malta on May 22, 2013, referred to “Francis’s obsession with the devil, a frequent subject of his homilies”. The Pope bestowed on Satan a great honour by...