Tim Blagg

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 Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 lying there, its “black box” flight recorders faithfully emitting a stream of signals? We don’t know. All we know for certain is that the flight took off for Beijing and never arrived, carrying 239 souls to their unknown destination. If we could recover the data recorders — one carrying information about the aircraft’s speed, altitude and engine settings, the other voice recordings from … 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 every other country in the world uses a coin for its basic currency, having long … 0

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 rays. I’m winter-worn, tired of ice and snow and slush and ugly snow plow drifts … 0

Blagg: Ancient pelicans

Sunday, October 6, 2013

At regular intervals, we are treated to news videos of gigantic forest fires out west — infernos that are so big they create their own weather. As neatly coiffed correspondents do standups in front of weary firefighting crews … 0

Blagg: Key to reduce drunk driving

Sunday, September 29, 2013

All across the country, from coast to coast, thousands of drivers are climbing into their cars, pulling out a small device, and blowing into it. They have to, or the car won’t start. Then, once they hit the road, the device may suddenly issue a series of urgent … 0

Blagg: Salvaged from the sea

Sunday, September 22, 2013

In the early morning hours of Sept. 25, 1925, a small dark shape made its way toward the open Atlantic off Block Island, R.I. She was the U.S. submarine S-51, with a crew of 32. Lookouts aboard the sub spotted a small freighter, the SS City of Rome, … 0

Blagg: Legislative lesson plan

Sunday, September 15, 2013

I’m deeply suspicious of attempts by legislators to specify what courses should be taught in public schools and what the content of those courses should be. Over the years, we’ve seen states try to demand that their schools teach the Biblical version of creation as an “alternative” to … 0

Blagg: Missed chance in Syria

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Should we launch air and missile strikes against the government of Syria, in response to its use of chemical weapons against its own people? No. Why? Because, for one thing, it’s too late. To have been an effective … 0

Blagg: A dim future

Sunday, September 1, 2013

In the wake of the announcement that Entergy will be closing the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant over the next year or so, I sat back and mused on the missed opportunities that decision represents. I’ve been studying … 0

Failure in Decatur

Sunday, August 25, 2013

In the wake of the nation’s most recent school shooting incident — at the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga. — we’ve been hearing some real baloney from the legions of talking heads who monopolize what passes for journalism these days. We’re told that the … 0

Blagg: Musk Hyperloop intriguing

Sunday, August 18, 2013

In James Blish’s “A Life for the Stars,” published back in 1962, he describes the adventures of a 16-year-old farm boy, Chris, who leaves Earth on a flying city (Scranton, Pa.) and becomes a galactic vagabond. In the … 0

Blagg: Missed opportunity

Sunday, August 4, 2013

As I read the other day about people celebrating the fact that the proposed biomass plant in Greenfield was dead, I could only feel disappointed. That unhappiness was on several different levels. For one, I was unhappy that the plant was not going to be built, on the … 0

Blagg: This is entertainment?

Sunday, July 28, 2013

We ran a story the other day that deplored the lack of change in our entertainment media — movies, television, video games, etc. — in the days since the awful slaughter out in Colorado at a movie theater and then the equally horribly massacre down in Connecticut at … 0

Blagg: Maine made for summer

Sunday, July 21, 2013

For years, we’ve been managing to spend at least a week or two on a lake in Maine. Up until last year, that included a stay at my in-laws’ rented camp on China Lake, just east of Augusta and not far from that fabled “you can’t get there … 0

Blagg: Landing all in the approach

Sunday, July 14, 2013

That crash out in San Francisco has me pondering the problem of landing. Getting an airplane off the ground isn’t that hard ... almost anyone can do it. But bring them down again is a different story ... … 0