Tim Blagg

Blagg: Hot and cold on the mind

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I’ve been thinking a lot about heat recently — for obvious reasons. When I look at the windows of my 1852-vintage home, for example, I’m less likely to dwell on their lovely thin mullion sash windows than I am to consider the enormous amount of heat that I lose to the frigid air outside, despite my collection of storm windows, deadlights and window quilts. The mud room door, which I … 1

Blagg: In defense of science

Sunday, February 15, 2015

In my opinion, it’s one of the thorniest problems we have to deal with in the United States — in fact, the world — today ... and I don’t have the foggiest idea of what to do about it. I’m talking about the fact that surveys continue to show that a huge fraction … 3

Blagg: Snipers now the target

Sunday, February 8, 2015

I must confess, I’ve been bemused — and sometimes amused — by the earnest debate generated by the recent success of the movie “American Sniper.” The discussion has ranged from continuing unhappiness with the whole idea of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (which I share) to the idea of war as a … 1

Blagg: Following the cod

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Back when European colonists first began arriving on North American shores, hoping to build viable communities in a land that promised seemingly endless land and opportunity, they were following a fish. Long before anyone thought seriously of living … 0

Blagg: Making a safer world

Sunday, January 25, 2015

So what are we going to do? In the wake of the past few years’ continuing assaults by groups or individuals claiming to represent Islam — and the apparent ease with which they pick “soft targets” around the … 0

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. … 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 … 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 … 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