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Tim Blagg

Blagg: Cheap gas has hefty price

Sunday, January 18, 2015

As I drove away from a local gas station the other day, after having filled my tank with gasoline at a price cheaper than I’ve paid in decades, a thought popped into my head. A very unpopular thought. Cheap gas is bad for the U.S. I know, I know, in the short term, it provides an instant wage increase for … 1

Blagg: Ongoing struggle to sway opinion

Sunday, January 11, 2015

In the wake of the awful attack on the Paris office of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo (Charlie Weekly) last week, it’s become apparent that many of those commenting on it are not aware that the killings were a continuation of battles that have been going on for centuries. Those conflicts revolve around … 0

Blagg: Year offers some bright opportunities

Sunday, January 4, 2015

It was a pretty grim year, all things considered, and in some ways it’s a relief to see it receding into the past. Ebola, ISIS, school attacks by gunmen, mysterious airliner disappearances … you can fill in your own worst-case memory. So we really need to try to focus on what’s ahead and … 0

Blagg: Walking the blue line

Sunday, December 28, 2014

I come from a family of cops. My grandfather was, at one time, deputy warden of the Missouri State Penitentiary, my father was an Air Force provost marshal, one ex-brother-in-law was an investigator with the OSI (the Air … 0

Blagg: Who needs nukes?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

It’s hard to believe that North Korea has spent so much time and money — and suffered universal condemnation — in its attempts to obtain nuclear weapons when its unstable rulers already had a much more potent weapon at their disposal. I’m talking about Twitter. What, after all, … 0

Blagg: Detrimental to democracy

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Democracies aren’t particularly good at reacting to sudden threats — they tend to overreact, exhibiting signs of paranoia and even hysteria in the aftermath of an unexpected attack or crisis. And in that period immediately following the event, … 0

Blagg: An ugly, sad reminder

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Ugly, sad memories. The riots — and that’s what they were, not “protests” — in Ferguson, Mo., brought back things I’d rather forget ... 1968, for example, a week or two after Martin Luther King was murdered. Watching … 0

Blagg: Will Putin get his way?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Oh boy, here we go again! Vladimir Putin, Russia’s thuggish leader, seems determined to bring back the bad old days of the Cold War. He’s furiously rattling his saber at the rest of the world, unveiling new nuclear … 0

Blagg: Reasons to be thankful

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Strictly speaking, we ought to be thankful throughout the year, taking time to appreciate good fortune whenever it occurs, and “smelling the roses” in our daily lives. Does it really take a special day? But, humans being humans, it’s often hard to stop, raise up and look around, … 0

Blagg: President out of touch

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It’s time to take a step back and look at our efforts to deal with ISIS, the so-called “Islamic State” group that has caused so much suffering and death in Iraq and Syria. Unfortunately, it’s becoming clear that … 0

Blagg: Third-party candidates

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Third-party candidates pose a thorny question in American politics. Although there are some successes in our history — after all, John C. Fremont’s Republican Party — formerly the Whigs — began as an anti-slavery alternative to James Buchanan’s … 0

Blagg: What we have to fear

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fear is very useful and without it, humans would be lost. After all, back in the days when we were all wandering around the planet scavenging for food in the form of nuts, berries, various edible tubers and … 0

Blagg: Canadians provide lesson

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Last week, a man walked up to a Canadian soldier — Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders — and shot him in the back as he was standing guard at the Canadian War Memorial in … 0

Blagg: Reporting’s risks

Sunday, October 19, 2014

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press BAGHDAD — Militants unleashed a wave of attacks on Thursday targeting Shiite areas in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing at least 38 people and wounding dozens, officials said. The deadliest attack took place when two parked car-bombs exploded simultaneously in a commercial … 0

Blagg: Waging a modern war

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the United States is at war. The opening salvo of the conflict was not, as it might appear on Sept. 11, 2001, but actually in Febru ary 1993, when an enormous … 0