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  • Heed objectors’ voice

    Heed objectors’ voice

    I refer to the article Talking Point by Desmond Zammit Marmarà (‘A perversion of democracy’, September 25). He has certainly hit the nail on its head because the (db Group) project has been met by the biggest opposition all round. Hats off to the...

  • Incoherent transport strategy

    Getting fewer cars on the road to ease the gridlock that drivers have to face is pure and simple good strategic thinking.  Finding the right way of doing this without disrupting people’s lives is much more difficult. Following the botched...

  • Becoming waste-wise - Simone Vella Lenicker

    World Habitat Day was established in 1985 by the United Nations General Assembly and is commemorated every first Monday of October. Its aim is to focus attention on the state of our towns and cities and to the basic right of all to adequate shelter.

  • Budget economic vision - Michael Briguglio

    Last week, I presented a number of proposals for the upcoming Budget.  These revolved mostly around challenges related to inflation faced by persons at risk of poverty as well as in relation to pensions and rented property respectively. Hence, I...

  • Merciless attitude of car park wardens

    On September 26, a sick wheelchair-bound 82-year-old patient was discharged from the Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Hospital (SAMOC) after completion of a cycle of chemotherapy. His wife drove to the SAMOC to pick him up and, finding no parking space,...

  • Wasted organs, wasted lives

    Some newspapers’ online links leading readers to the “Opt out Organ Donation” petition might have malfunctioned, but this has now been resolved. As outlined in my letter to the Times of Malta (September 22), readers who sign this online petition...

  • Prolonged hibernation

    Prolonged hibernation

    It seems to me that in Malta there is no Opposition party and it appears the Maltese population went into a prolonged hibernation. I’m curious to know whether those 10 Planning Authority members who voted for the Pembroke tower reside near any...

  • Mosta upgrades

    In my letter ‘Leaving Mosta’ (September 3), I suggested that bollards be placed to divide the short stretch of land near the monument dedicated to Qalbiena Mostin. This will ease traffic leaving Mosta through Independence Avenue and Eucharistic...

  • Burlò - October 1, 2018

    Burlò - October 1, 2018

    Who needs the gravy train, when you got the...

  • PA has lost its credibility

    The decision of the Planning Authority to approve the City Centre project by db Group at St George’s Bay has provoked justified widespread criticism. The project itself is highly controversial but the workings of the planning board are now also...

  • The millionaires’ club - Kristina Chetcuti

    The millionaires’ club - Kristina Chetcuti

    Last week The Economist ran a back page ‘for sale’ advert of a château in Normandy, France. The photos showed the 18th century French château in the heart of Calvados, the place where they make that alcoholic apple brandy that you can add to...

  • The national s(t)inkhole - Paul Cardona

    The main problem the nation has today is the Planning Authority. This body started well when it was first created as Mepa. However, now it stinks of corruption and has become the facilitator for developers rather than the regulator. The PA is...

  • Betrayal most base - Claire Bonello

    There were cheers in the Ħamrun School Hall when the db City Centre project was approved by the Planning Authority Board. They came from the db crowd as they witnessed the final touch on the deal which had been done and dusted beyond closed doors...

  • Silvio Debono’s golden-green mile - Michela Spiteri

    “The facts show that the market is rewarding us for having full faith in the product, for our ability to deliver it with excellence and for our faith in this country.  The group was successful in its bid to secure a prime stretch of land enveloped...

  • The Prime Minister’s private jet - Mark Anthony Falzon

    The pace of progress in this country is truly astonishing. When I was a civil servant, what we called ‘procurement’ was a fairly solemn State matter. If you needed paperclips and the department didn’t have them in stock, you couldn’t just pop down...

  • Suffocated by tourists (Part 1): When will we ever learn? - John Vassallo

    Suffocated by tourists (Part 1): When will we ever learn? - John Vassallo

    Bob Dylan was right. Humans always avoid taking lessons and fail to divert the flow of events before it is too late. A recent article in this paper in July on rebalancing the economy for a better Malta, by David Marinelli, was so clear that I have...

  • ‘La Mafia non esiste’ - Manuel Delia

    ‘La Mafia non esiste’ - Manuel Delia

    Scicluna would have donned his didactic hat and explained how Malta is a country where cars are able to spontaneously combust, accidentally trapping unwitting journalists or notorious gang leaders inside. So is the smuggling of oil extracted from...

  • A tragedy of (wilful?) errors - Arnold Cassola

    The approval of the permit for the dB City Centre project on September 20 was supposed to bring to an end the whole saga surrounding this project. I sincerely hope that this is not so and that the battle against this project, which stinks on...

  • The thing about Gozo - Peter Agius

    I have just launched my campaign as candidate for an MEP seat with the Nationalist Party. I believe that European accession was a big leap forward for Malta. However, the European benna did not reach all quarters of society. It also failed to...

  • An unusual barter proposal - Alan Deidun

    An unusual barter proposal - Alan Deidun

    The shenanigans that development applicants continuously churn out defy credulity sometimes. It seems, in fact, that the higher the odds stacked against them to obtain a planning permit for an ODZ area, the quirkier the shenanigan resorted to by...