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  • My idea

    The prominent Hellenistic Neoplatonist philosopher, astro­nomer and mathematician of the fourth and fifth century, Hypatia, said: “Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all.” While exercising this...

  • A motto

    With the forthcoming local council and European elections in mind, may I suggest a motto for honest politicians (there are still a few, though facing extinction)? Their motto should be: I will not promise you heaven but I will not give you hell.

  • Route bus delays

    Route bus delays

    Reference is made to the letters by Joseph Muscat (November 19) and Vince Williams (November 21) complaining about buses operating on route 54. Malta Public Transport has looked into each complaint and found that buses are mostly departing on time...

  • Environment regulator powers

    The House of Representatives’ Environment and Development Planning Committee met recently to discuss a preliminary report covering the years 2009 - 2015 by the Environment and Resources Authority on the state of the environment. It showed that...

  • Spectre of fake news - Francis Zammit Dimech

    The Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology at the London School of Economics has recently proposed the creation of an Independent Platform Agency to combat fake news. The spectre of fake news is one that is widespread more than ever throughout...

  • Metsola’s 17 Black - Martin Scicluna

    Metsola’s 17 Black - Martin Scicluna

    Two Nationalist Party members of the European Parliament have shown no compunction about painting Malta as a country that does not respect the rule of law. Instead of representing Malta’s national interest abroad, they have sought to undermine...

  • Respect and compassion - Carmen and Carmel Conti, Stephanie Galea, Pat and Anthony Girard, Louisa and Philip Grech, Louise and Ivan Laferla, Joseph and Joseanne Peregin

    Recently there have been some sentiments aired, including Jacqueline Calleja’s piece ‘A chaste life’ (November 16), claiming that the teachings of the Catholic Church on homosexuality are clear, leaving no room for ambiguity. Reading such...

  • The churches of Malta - Frank Salt

    If you look at Malta from the air, you will see literally hundreds of churches and chapels. Why, on an island so small, was there a need for so many? Apart from the village and town churches there are also many wayside chapels dotted around...

  • Open-markets expertise

    I love the Times of Malta. It always gives us some good news! The open-air markets (monti) will now have a ‘board’ to take care of their needs. A board has to have members and, of course, a chairman. They also have in mind the setting up of an...

  • Bus trip fantasies

    I must say that Malta Public Transport is very up-to-date, participating in 20 per cent cuts, not in fares but in services. On Black Friday, at 12.25pm, I waited for a route 45 bus,specified as arriving at 12.31pm. Allowing for timetable fantasy,...

  • Perception

    A high-profile judicial report recently eloquently concluded that “100 suspicions do not make one piece of evidence”. Had there been one piece of evidence it could, in turn, have argued that one swallow does not a summer make. And had there been a...

  • Too many vehicles

    Too many vehicles

    Transport Malta should study the way Singapore is reducing its vehicle population growth. Like Malta, Singapore is one of the most densely-populated countries in the world, so we can easily learn a lesson or two on how to rid Malta from the over...

  • Rule of law doesn’t exist in Paceville – Fr Hilary

    Rule of law doesn’t exist in Paceville – Fr Hilary

    Paceville has mushroomed into a lawless centre with ruthless rich 'gods' ruling the roost, according to Fr Hilary Tagliaferro.  It is not uncommon to hear about the notoriety of Paceville, but Fr Hilary is probably in the best position to give a...

  • Offline

    Will somebody please draw the attention of GO plc’s CEO to the hopeless service his company is offering? My landline went dead on October 9 and, to date, GO has failed to fix the problem despite several calls and e-mails.

  • Watch: Fr Hilary blunt on sorry state of Paceville, Maltese football

    Watch: Fr Hilary blunt on sorry state of Paceville, Maltese football

    Millennium Chapel founder Fr Hilary Tagliaferro is probably in the best position to give a snapshot of the state of Paceville.  In an interview with Times Talk, the much-loved priest, speaks about the culture of greed which has turned Malta's...

  • Back where you came from - Revel Barker

    Back where you came from - Revel Barker

    I am hearing stories that many old-time settlers on Gozo are in process of upping sticks and returning to the mother country or elsewhere. By “many” I mean more than a dozen, for example, from Għarb alone. But they are leaving the other villages,...

  • Garages they call home

    The group known as Catholic Voices organised a discussion on the state of the rental market. According to the secretary general of the Federation of Real Estate Agents, Simon Debono, there are about 2,000 people living in garages on this tiny...

  • Working towards a poison-free planet - Vandana Shiva

    Food. The word conjures up diverse images but we seem to have forgotten its most important element that our web of life is a food web. And if you really think about it, that’s how all of nature works. We have created an illusion where we’ve placed...

  • Rents we can afford - Charles Pace

    Rents we can afford - Charles Pace

    What is the White Paper suggesting we do to make sure we have affordable rents? Rents that are too high to afford can evict families to poorer houses or garages, uproot adults and children and even play havoc on family life. But we equally cannot...

  • Embarrassing

    Seven years ago, the Bicycling Advocacy Group first met Transport Malta with a tentative framework national cycling policy and, as far as I am aware, they are still awaiting the document on the basis of which all infra should be designed and a...