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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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Offending visuals

    The article ‘Only one in six women report violent attacks by partners’ (November 23) relating to family violence is itself a violence, showing a male hand strangling a woman. I find these visuals offending, unnecessary and misleading. These...

  • Phoenicians’ preferred harbour

    Phoenicians’ preferred harbour

    Only a few years ago, an archaeological tour from Malta visited the southern coast and shores of the large Tyrrhenian island of Sardinia, west of Cagliari.  At Nora, in the south-western corner of this large island, two complementary...

  • Practical conversion

    With reference to John Azzoppardi’s letter, ‘People’s present predicament’ (November 19), I go all the way with him in his concern for the increasing loss of important tenets of our Catholic faith by our upcoming generations. Hypocrisy and failing...

  • Meaningless

    Malta’s new art museum is called Muża. It sounds like a Maltese nickname or an abbreviation of nemuża (mosquito).

  • Forgotten holy people

    As Jesus Christ said, no prophet is recognised in his own country. It is often down to envy, resentment and prejudice. When St Bernadette Soubirous entered a convent, the abbess could not comprehend how an uneducated village girl had visions of...

  • 17 Black inhandcuffs

    The item ‘It’s a fact Schembri not being investigated, PM insists’ (November 22) said that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat declared he was “stating facts” when he said that 17 Black was being investigated and not his chief of staff, Keith...

  • Second hundred years

    Second hundred years

    Addressing about a dozen 14- to 24-year-olds attending the Nationalist Party - AŻAD course for young people interested in taking up politics in future, the Opposition leader came out with one of his most classic ‘gems’ to date to add to his...

  • Unproven methods of fertility treatment

    In last week’s The Sunday Times (of London) journalist Emma Barnett spoke about her experience with infertility and how in the end, IVF gave her and her husband the child they had been pursuing for a number of years. The target of Ms Barnett’s...

  • The work of Caritas in Malta started before 1968

    In your report ‘Caritas celebrates 50 years’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, November 11), Mgr Victor Grech is referred to as the founder of Caritas, which according to its own website www.caritasmalta.org was founded on November 11, 1968. The work...

  • Wrong theatre

    I refer to Albert Storace’s review of the Tosca performance at Aurora Theatre (The Sunday Times of Malta, November 4). I would like to point out that through an oversight, Teatru Astra’s 50th anniversary was referred to as Aurora’s. Teatru...

  • No cycling policy

    No cycling policy

    Not only did November 18 mark the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, but on this day seven years ago the Bicycling Advocacy Group first met Transport Malta with a tentative framework National Cycling Policy. As far as I am aware,...