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Letters

  • The common good

    It has been reported (June 22) that, after being elected to Parliament, Godfrey Farrugia remarked that his election sends a strong signal to those in favour of the common good. How heartening to hear such words from one who, a few weeks ago, was...

  • Hard-won rights

    I have become ever more worried for the world’s future. It seems democracy is under attack from within and without. The attacks from without are obvious and awful but the attacks from within are insidious and even more damaging. Many countries...

  • Marian experience

    Marian experience

    Two French friends, my wife and I happened to visit the national sanctuary of Ta’ Pinu, near L-Għammar, and Għarb on June 22. The old car park near the shrine has rightly been moved outside its perimeter not to distract from the devotion attached...

  • What garden city?

    When people damage the environment and harm the neighbours’ health I flare up. I vent my anger through writing. Santa Maria Estate is reputed to be a garden city. Tall trees, oleander bushes, the ubiquitous hibiscus all embellish private gardens ...

  • Just causes

    I would like to make it clear that, although I support amending the 2012 restrictive IVF law and agree being extended to single women too, it does not mean I am in anyway involved. I am a civil servant in a clerical grade, not a doctor. All I...

  • Bad planning

    Bad planning

    When one lands at the Sliema Ferries from a Captain Morgan yacht, one is struck by the ugly development and townscape one is greeted with. In recent years, there seems to have been no planning, or even bad planning, of this heart area of Sliema.

  • Abominations

    I read about a European Union administrator who, inflamed by his own importance and fuelled by alcohol (mojitos he had been drinking between 7pm and midnight), allegedly hit an Italian woman of Jewish descent with a decorative plaque commemorating...

  • Large dogs on board

    I contacted Virtu Ferries to enquire about travelling with my dog. Small breeds are allowed to stay with the passengers but since my dog is over nine kilos, I was informed I should leave it locked in the car, in the garage, though I could check on...

  • Gambling addicts

    Gambling addicts

    The news item on gambling (June 22) makes interesting reading. Does the report say how much of the €125 million spent in 2015 came from workers or pensioners with minimum income or by families in a precarious state? Although income from gambling...

  • Keep Mosta clean

    A few days ago, the Mosta local council sent an e-mail to all residents indicating the days in which streets in the locality are cleaned. They were also asked to report whether the scavenger fails to appear. The council could not do better. It is...

  • A guardian angel

    In today’s world, corruption has become a way of life, money-laundering is being accepted as a decent way of making a profit and politicians have risen to the status of great statesmen when they lie brazenly with a straight face. We have become...

  • Self-appointed saint

    I was not aware that the procedure of the proclamation of sainthood has now evolved from vox populi, vox dei to self-appointment. We now have a new Maltese saint, being sin free and guilt free in perfect synchronisation with the day’s gospel: “You...

  • A public plea

    A public plea

    The 19th centenary anniversary of the martyrdom of St Publius in the lions’ arena in Athens falls on January 21, 2018. I have studied and written many articles about this event. I have used writings by doctors of the Church and other scholars to...

  • Delayed home help

    Early last December, my wife was diagnosed with melanoma in her brain and she is bedridden. We applied for home help on December 29, 2016. No home help has arrived since, notwithstanding tens of telephone calls from the Department for the Elderly...

  • Protecting small investors

    There is certainly a great need for retail investors to join forces to defend their interests. The investment world is full of risks and if there is no one to guide investors, the risk would be much greater. Investment advice for the (wo)man in...

  • No place for hate speech

    The former secretary general of the General Workers’ Unon, Tony Zarb, an activist of the Labour Party, harshly criticised PN MEPs Roberta Metsola and David Casa and as well as German MEP Werner Langen, the chairman of Pana committee that is...

  • Good luck to De La Salle fifth formers

    Good luck to De La Salle fifth formers

    During the past weeks, as a teacher in the secondary school at De La Salle College, I had the privilege to attend two special occasions where we bid farewell to our Form 5 cohort. The first of these was a social event that the students themselves...

  • Conforming to the will of God

    During these last few years so-called ‘civil rights’ have become a sort of mantra used by those whose sole aim is ultimately the creation of a secularised society where God and His eternal, divine laws have no place anymore. Where does the...

  • Course for property agents

    I refer to the recent call for applications for a new accredited course for real estate agents and consultants, organised by the Institute of Tourism Studies. As a company with 35 years of experience, Dhalia has always believed in the importance...

  • Wrong queen

    At the very end of his article, Martin Scicluna mistook Mary Queen of Scots, for Mary I, known as Mary Tudor, the Catholic daughter of Henry VIII and his first consort, Catherine of Aragon, sometimes with some justification, referred to as ‘Bloody...

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