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  • The best of human nature

    The best of human nature

    On September 18, 2016, from my hospital bed I saw on TV a heart-warming sight where Jonny Brownlee was helped over the finish line by his brother, Alister, who gave up the chance to win the race in a selfless, yet no-nonsense act of brotherly love...

  • Trees give shade

    Every day I read the paper I am hurt knowing that more trees are being removed to build superstructures for the wealthy on fertile land. One can also add that hundreds of trees are being removed to make way for the construction of wider roads,...

  • A brave man

    Joe Sultana was a lovely man and a very brave one. His passion for protecting birds often brought him into confrontation with men with guns and he only had his charm and his charisma to protect him. His passion for the protection of birds was...

  • Tourism trap

    Tourism trap

    In the 1960s, tourism in Malta was still in its infancy. If a statistician would have predicted that Malta would be overwhelmed with 2.5 million tourists in the second decade of the 21st century, his forecast would have been rejected as ruinous...

  • Higher prices

    Much as I thank Sandro Chetcuti for his comments regarding the causes of the rising costs of housing (September 10), I would appreciate a break-up of all rising prices. My impression of the housing problem in other countries is that for a rise of...

  • Bread and butter issues

    Reading the contributions by my friend Desmond Zammit Marmarà, a number of professors and doctors and the report about the President’s speech on the September 8 events, one might conclude that the vital issue on our little republic’s agenda is...

  • Send delinquents back home

    I am not against foreign workers so long as they are really and truly required and not as a means of cheap labour. I do not consider myself a racist either, as I respect all and sundry irrespective of colour, breed or creed. But I love Malta too...

  • Modern-day homelessness

    Modern-day homelessness

    As usual, Prof. Mark Anthony Falzon’s column last Sunday puts its finger on a subtler aspect of a poorly understood phenomenon: homelessness in Malta, and the difference between having a home and owning a house. By considering anything beyond the...

  • The fate of four-leggeds in Malta

    Unfortunately, it is very often believed that we Maltese are not animal lovers, and people do not know the reasons why.  I cannot disagree, since it is hard to understand why one would keep a dog tied to a chain 24 x 7 to guard the possessions in...

  • Rubbish in the way

    Much is made of the increase in the number of tourists coming to our islands… but how many return? I’d be rich if I received a euro for every tourist I have heard in my eight years here complaining about not being able to get on a bus or not being...

  • A 16th century poem

    On the eve of our third National Day of the year 2018, the glorious September 8 (commemorating Victory at the Great Siege of 1565), I was carrying out research work on the Melita Historica Vol. iii, no. 2 1981 at the National Library in...

  • Dangerous to cycle in fast traffic

    Timmy Alden of the Democratic Party referred to my opinion piece of July 10 and considers that I should have taken a more studied approach, one more aware of European transport policies. I took his advice seriously and re-checked my facts, yet again.

  • Tribute to Joe Sultana (1)

    I first met the ornithologist Joe Sultana in the late 1980s after I had seen the light. I was a hunter in my late teens; I had shot and wounded a kestrel – a small falcon – and spent months nursing its broken wing back to good health. Then I...

  • Tribute to Joe Sultana (2)

    Joseph Sultana was a scientist, a gentleman and my friend. For about two years in the 1960s, before my departure for Australia, Joe, Joseph Attard and I were the ‘three amigos’, travelling the length and breadth of the Maltese islands and...

  • Generous help

    Sister Rachele Agius, along with the community of sisters in Chak, Pakistan, takes care of 100 children, orphans and members of very poor families. Besides, she helps lots of poor people not only from Chak but all those who seek help, some...

  • Bus priority seats

    Bus priority seats

    This newspaper reported (September 5) that an elderly couple travelling on a bus was verbally abused after the wife asked a child occupying a priority seat to allow her elderly, partially-blind husband to sit down. The child’s parents shouted at...

  • Sensible counsel

    We are writing to express our support for the recent pastoral letter by the Bishops of Malta and Gozo. We hope that the government, the Church and society will heed its sensible counsel.

  • What is sin?

    Regardless of how we live our life, holding onto the faith or not, a bad thing, like stealing or killing, does not become good over time, even if the majority does it. The same can be said for ‘sin’. It is true, indeed, that God loves us all but...

  • Fulfilled promises

    I am sure the vast majority of readers would join me in congratulating the Minister of Education, Evarist Bartolo, and his formidable team, ably led by Frank Fabri, on reaching another milestone in the field of education in our country. I refer to...

  • Sea accident memorial

    Sea accident memorial

    It was announced that the tanker Hephaestus that was shipwrecked on February 10 will be scrapped or used as a diving wreck. Many would prefer the second option and the place should be close to where the accident occurred. Also, it would be a...