Tim Blagg

Blagg: Before war was unleashed

Sunday, July 27, 2014

It was nearly 100 years ago next month that the opening salvos of the Great War thundered across the Belgian countryside — the Great Powers of the world were throwing their manpower and industrial might at each other in a titanic struggle that would change the world forever. What we now call the First World War would lead — directly and indirectly — to the Second, to the Cold War … 0

Blagg: Middle East missiles

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The news from the Middle East just keeps getting worse and worse. Teenagers kidnapped and murdered, young children hit by artillery fire, thousands of rockets being fired at random into neighborhoods and now the Israeli army is making forays, with tanks, into Gaza — it’s just madness. As the weeks of violence and … 2

Blagg: More meow than roar

Sunday, July 13, 2014

It was 1931, and the League of Nations, formed after World War I to “prevent wars through collective security and disarmament and settle international disputes through negotiation and arbitration,” was just a dozen years old. Since its formation, it had successfully helped resolve a number of territorial disputes and had worked tirelessly to … 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

Blagg: The screening of history

Sunday, February 23, 2014

John Walsh of British newspaper The Independent had an interesting column the other day on the use of movies, as well as TV, to teach history. It was prompted by a suggestion by an actor, Eddie Redmayne, who is familiar from appearances in “Les Misérables,” “War Horse” and … 0

Blagg: Caught in a smoke screen

Sunday, February 16, 2014

‘Era of Marijuana Prohibition Officially Over’ in Colorado Going further than Amsterdam’s pot rules, state law now in effect allows for recreational sale of popular drug Surgeon General Sets Tobacco End-Game as Smoking Persists — recent headlines Did … 0

Blagg: The Recorder’s digital side

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Putting The Recorder together every day has been getting increasingly complicated — but also increasingly interesting. That’s because we’re faced with not only publishing a paper product, but a digital one as well. Every day, on deadline. It’s added a whole raft of problems to the job — … 0

Blagg: Righting the ship of state

Sunday, February 2, 2014

In the wake of President Obama’s annual State of the Union message, the usual litany of gripes and complaints has risen to a crescendo. Folks from all political persuasions have griped and fumed and launched into rants about … 0

Blagg: All aboard on trains

Sunday, January 26, 2014

It looks like we may have — at long last — railroad service for the Connecticut Valley, including Greenfield, in the near future. It’s about time. The prosperity that marked this area at the beginning of the 20th century really began when the first train chugged into Greenfield … 0