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  • Quality of life

    The retiring mayor of Valletta, Alexiei Dingli, showed his concern that the quality of life in the capital has worsened. He did not elaborate why but I have my opinions. First of all, the Inner Harbour Council is at best superfluous as the two...

  • Star of Malta

    In April 1953 I was travelling with my father to Sicily on the Star of Malta. Unfortunately the ship developed engine trouble before we arrived in Syracuse.  The sea was extremely rough and the ship listed sideways. The waves began to flood the...

  • A wooded park 

    A wooded park 

    In the Times of Malta  (February 25) there was the news about the petition for Manoel Island to be  turned into a wooded park, thus providing a badly needed recreational  zone  for all categories and the community at large. I have been thinking of...

  • Embarrassing

    In a recent interview, President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, in reply to a question about Pilatus Bank, through a confused stutter, replied that there were ongoing inquiries on Pilatus Bank. This answer was of course a very weak effort to kill the...

  • EU’s prodigal son

    EU’s prodigal son

    I had a strange dream last night.  I dreamt about the Parable of the Prodigal Son, where the youngest son wanted to opt out and leave and ask for his share of the inheritance. We all know how this ended.  He did leave and enjoyed the good life at...

  • Hurrah for Gonzi

    Recently the Nationalist Party held an assemblage for its counsellors at their party’s headquarters. There were many who spoke in praise of the work done since time immemorial, including George Borg Olivier, Eddie Fenech Adami, Lawrence Gonzi and...

  • Celibacy in the Church

    I was somewhat amused by John Guillaumier’s use of the words “the next scandal in the Roman Catholic Church”, when referring to supposedly celibate priests begetting children (February 15).  This is hardly news as it has been going on ever since...

  • When life begins

    When life begins

    What Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea said, as reported in the Sunday Times of Malta  (February 10), cannot be further than the truth.  He mentions that it is not the number of cells that determines whether it is a human life or not while still in...

  • Rating agencies

    After Nationalist Party exponents, particularly David Casa, Roberta Metsola, Francis Zammit Dimech, Simon Busuttil, Jason Azzopardi and Adrian Delia, had vented their wrath on three of Malta’s main pillars of our democracy and the rule of law -...

  • Baptism

    Baptism at birth is analogous to the vaccine of babies for smallpox in the field of medicine but for a more noble and eternal cause. This practice of our forefathers was the result of their deep-rooted faith in God and His Church, which manifested...

  • A previous Penelope

    A previous Penelope

    The Royal Navy has a long and prestigious history and it chooses to reinforce that history by naming its vessels after predecessors that made a name for themselves in times gone by. The Arethusa-class light cruiser that has recently featured in...

  • Value of truth

    The triumph of truth has become synonymous with Eddie Fenech Adami and quite often these inspirational words are quoted by people in different walks of life. For instance in the last Gozo general council session Kevin Cutajar said that when we...

  • The next scandal

    “The next scandal” in the Roman Catholic Church, said Vincent Doyle, a psychotherapist in Ireland and the son of a Catholic priest, will expose celibate priests who have children (The New York Times, February 19). The newspaper reported that “the...

  • A much-needed injection 

    Nowadays many feel disillusioned, lost and discouraged. Life is what it is. However, there is a drug that gives us healing from this terrible existential angst. Its formula is so simple: for with God nothing will be impossible (Luke 1:37).  Can we...

  • Family memories and other emotions

    The letter by Francis Falzon (The Sunday Times of Malta, February 17), on sports and lack thereof, at the Archbishop’s Seminary coincided with an article (by Davide Schiappapietra) in the Catholic Weekly in Sydney. It is titled ‘Vatican mass...

  • Residents’ nightmare

    Reading through the article about village bars and residents’ nightmare (The Sunday Times of Malta, February 17) made me realise how insensitive to others certain people can be. Enjoying oneself is one’s right but disturbing others by your...

  • Poor service by Gozo Channel

    Poor service by Gozo Channel

    These last months have proved to be very difficult for Gozitans crossing to and from Malta. Waiting times spanning anywhere between three to five hours have become the order of the day. This situation cannot be attributed to the increase in the...

  • Driving etiquette

    It is not surprising that there are so many bad drivers on Malta’s roads – driving instructors themselves do not observe road etiquette. Recently one such instructor was with a learner and he told his client to overtake a stationary bus on their...

  • Gozo link

    One of the most popular topics of conversation these days is the link between Malta and Gozo. This link is mostly needed because so many Gozitans have to commute to Malta every day to work. The biggest problem with travelling ­to Malta by ferry is...

  • Army promotions

    Army promotions

    A typical example of bad governance is the report by the Parliamentary Ombudsman when it is stated: all the good work that has been painstakingly built up over the last 32 years (under the leadership of prime ministers Eddie Fenech Adami, Alfred...