Tim Blagg

Blagg: Railroad town at heart

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Wow! That’s what I thought when I read the story in The Recorder about Gov. Patrick chugging into town on a special train to announce that the state is spending a pretty good chunk of money — $17 million, he said — to get ready for Amtrak’s Vermonter. The train, which now runs up from Washington, D.C., and New York City through New Haven to Springfield, and then laboriously makes … 0

Blagg: New-age holy war

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Back in the year 613, when the Prophet Muhammad was preaching to the first few converts to what would become Islam, his message was one of peace. When he and his followers were expelled from Mecca, a small town in Arabia, they fled to nearby Medina. As they gained strength, the Prophet was … 0

Blagg: Rules of engagement

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The phrase “rules of engagement” — or ROE — is a familiar one to soldiers and police officers around the world. The rules, which should be drilled into anyone going into combat, or who routinely carries a weapon in the course of their work, carefully and specifically lay out conditions for using force … 0

Blagg: I like Justice Stevens’ thinking

Sunday, May 18, 2014

As you may remember, I’ve been advocating for some time for two amendments to the Constitution that I believe would go a long way toward helping our country get back on the democratic path envisioned by the Founding … 1

Blagg: Someone you could count on

Sunday, May 11, 2014

An old friend of mine died the other day. I don’t make it a practice to write about these sad but inevitable events but I think Bill White deserves special mention. Bill, who many knew through his years … 0

Blagg: Prescription for trouble

Sunday, May 4, 2014

We live in a society that is increasingly uncomfortable with pain. Whether it’s psychological or physical, pain is something to be avoided, to be shunted aside, dealt with — instead of borne with fortitude. The loss of a … 1

Blagg: Last run for bomber plant?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Ford’s Willow Run aircraft plant is a monument to American manufacturing. The factory, dedicated to building B-24 “Liberator” bombers, was the largest under one roof in the world — enclosing some 3.5 million square feet with an assembly … 0

Blagg: A loving response

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Way out in Topeka, Kan., just down the street from a McDonald’s and a Sonic Drive-in, sits a tidy white ediface called the Westboro Baptist Church. Hanging from one end of the building is a banner inscribed “godhatesamerica.com.” … 0

Blagg: Time may be running out

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Somewhere on the bottom of the Indian Ocean, some 1,000 miles west of Australia, three miles down, there may be an answer to the mystery that’s been baffling the world for the last month. Is the wreckage of … 0

Blagg: Shortchanging dollar coin

Sunday, April 6, 2014

What the heck is wrong with the idea of a one dollar coin? Why do Americans persist in disdaining those pretty little gold-colored representations of Sacagewea and her baby, or the 11-sided Susan B. Anthony version, with its depiction of Apollo 11’s landing on the moon? Just about … 1

Blagg: ‘Year without a summer’

Sunday, March 30, 2014

OK, I admit it, I’m hankering for a bit of spring warmth — birds building nests, green shoots sprouting up through last year’s plant debris, enough sun to warrant sitting out on my bench and luxuriating in its … 0

Blagg: Change leaves me all wet

Sunday, March 23, 2014

It’s a familiar situation. I pull up to a drive-in order kiosk, roll down my window to speak to the attendant and am greeted by a sheet of rain, sleet or snow, pouring in off my roof onto … 0

Blagg: This doesn’t click with me

Sunday, March 16, 2014

It’s another one of those movie/TV cliches, one we’ve come to expect to see over and over again in various plots — and it’s totally false. Like the old exploding car riff or the “all sprinklers go off when I trip one” — baloney I’ve complained about before … 0

Blagg: Bad acts on world stage

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Even after all the years I’ve been watching — and reporting on — our politicians, sometimes they seem to obtuse (a nice word for stupid) that it makes me want to tear my hair out ... what little … 0

Blagg: Just doing our job

Sunday, March 2, 2014

I thought I would wait awhile for the gigantic kerfuffel over the Al Norman/Town Council/Conservation Commission to die down before I weighed in with my viewpoint. And a giant kerfuffel it was. “How dare you ... !” letters and phone calls continued for days. Well, we dared to … 0