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  • A seed sown in 1964

    A seed sown in 1964

    I must thank Frank Falzon for taking me, and possibly others, down memory lane with ‘The penny stunt’ (December 28) and make me dig up the only photo I had of the first penny stunt that had been organised by the University Students’ Charity...

  • Abortion services

    I read Martin Scicluna’s opinion piece on abortion with amusement and bemusement. He is an interesting example of contradictory ideas sharing the same space in a person’s head. He staunchly opposes “medieval”, “obscurantist” religion but then...

  • Presumption of innocence

    I have been asking this simple question for several weeks but, so far, no one has had the courage to answer it. There were some who asked me ‘to get a life’, others who hoped that ‘I get well soon’, others mentioned presidential pardons, secret...

  • Construction danger

    Construction danger

    I would like to refer to the construction that is under way at the end of Main Street, Mosta as one approaches the locality from Mġarr. One wonders whether the contractor concerned has a permit to occupy the pavement and part of the street with...

  • Hands off old Blighty

    Where on earth is Michael Owen coming from when he spouts such nonsense regarding the UK leaving the EU? Has he got a serious chip on his shoulder? Or is he worried he will have to pay a fee to visit the UK? First, he spouts about the referendum...

  • Domestic violence

    What a shock to read the Home Affairs Ministry’s statement that “all accusations by third parties have been withdrawn” with regard to the alleged domestic violence incident involving former assistant police commissioner Mario Tonna. This leads one...

  • Pricing policy

    Air Malta refers to the letter by Revel Barker titled ‘Price vs cost’ (January 6). Air Malta’s advertised lowest (hand luggage only) one-way fare, Go Light, is priced at €39, including taxes and all charges. These charges include ‘booking fees’.

  • The X factor

    The word Christmas has often been abbreviated to Xmas and has been repeated year after year. The abbreviation does not make sense because the letter X in mathematics refers to some person or thing unknown. X in Xmas refers to Jesus Christ, the son...

  • The Maltese hunting dog

    The Maltese hunting dog

    A picture of an unusual looking dog, which was claimed to be a Maltese hunting dog, appeared on the back page on January 11. The poor dog looks more like a German smooth-haired pointer than a Maltese, colour and markings included. The picture...

  • Abortion is no human right

    In his response of January 4, Martin Scicluna continued to confuse the topic by referring to abortion as a human right. Vanni Bonello correctly pointed out that it is not a human right, at least this cannot be derived from the cited statement of...

  • New Year grouches

    With the New Year still only a few days old, am I allowed a couple of grouches as opposed to resolutions? With the kind of weather we’ve been having, I went down with a severe cold and an even worse cough just a couple of days before the New Year.

  • Centre of attraction

    Centre of attraction

    At a time that is not the best one can aspire for in Malta, V18 presents this country with a unifying factor. It is managed by the Labour government while having had its origin in a Nationalist administration as, for instance, the commitment of...

  • PN at opening of new Valletta council offices

    I refer to the front page story entitled ‘Fresh PN strife on Premier’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 7). A few years back the Nationalist government had instituted legal proceedings to take Café Premier back, as the tenant never paid any...

  • The other St Paul’s Bay besides Malta’s

    Every time we visit St Paul’s Bay we are reminded of the arrival of St Paul in Malta. He probably landed at Ta’ l-Għażżenin, near Wignacourt’s Tower. Malta is without doubt proud of the fact that St Paul visited our island, and that it has a town...

  • Nostalgic about typewriters

    Manual machines of the past were to a certain extent easier, less complicated, less expensive and quicker to use. And psychologically speaking, less stressful. Great authors in the past had used typewriters and had work­ed hard to write...

  • Trump’s politics of destruction

    Trump’s politics of destruction

    Donald Trump entered the White House on January 20 last year with a mandate for radical change in foreign policy, trade and spending. It’s a good time to remind readers of some of Trump’s controversial statements and comments: “When Mexico sends...

  • Watching the watchmen

    I wish to pick apart a few arguments which have been used as part of the political discourse of the past few months, mostly in relation to the perception and expectations of what we call the Opposition. First of all, lately there seems to be a...

  • Daphne Invicta

    With reference to my review of Daphne Invicta (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 7), the publishers, Pertinent Press of UK, have informed me that, from the profits from the sale of the  book so far, €10,000 have already been donated to Dar Merħba...

  • The benefits of dialogue

    Many people believe that true power lies in being able to dictate their will over others. Some regimes exercise power by the domination of a person, or group of persons, over the rest of the community. They do this by flourishing nuclear weapons...

  • Honouring a former archbishop

    Honouring a former archbishop

    The Maltese Catholic Church should honour Archbishop Paolo Alpheran de Bussan, who did a lot for Maltese Catholics, most notably his financing, in 1752, of the printing of a Maltese translation of Cardinal Bellarmino’s Catholic Catechism which was...