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Tim Blagg
August 22, 2014

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 urged to return to his home community … 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: Nothing to fear

Sunday, August 10, 2014

It’s a ghastly disease. Its victims suffer terribly, sweating and drooling and racked with pain — and they pass their malady on through the exchange of bodily fluids. Once the symptoms appear, only herculean efforts on the part of attending physicians can save an afflicted person’s life. Despite efforts over decades, it has continued to plague — literally — populations in North 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

Blagg: Battle to control the seas

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Winston Churchill called it the Battle of the Atlantic, and later confessed that “... the only thing that ever really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril.” The Germans had thrown a vast belt of submarines, … 0

Blagg: Where we went wrong

Sunday, January 12, 2014

One of the most fundamental maxims governing the use of military force is to carefully define the mission before beginning to plan for the campaign. That includes considering whether the goals being set are ones that can realistically … 0

Blagg: Meeting in the middle

Sunday, January 5, 2014

As we swing into 2014, the battle between Creationism and Intelligent Design and Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is back in the news. Bill Nye, TV’s “Science Guy,” is set to visit Kentucky next month for a debate on … 3

Blagg: Finding the positive side

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Whew! What a stinker of a year! It seems like every week of the last 52 has been marked by some sort of lousy news coming from somewhere. Mass shootings, suicide bombers, natural disasters ... the toll in human lives and suffering has been enormous. Frankly, the editors … 0

Blagg: Christmas on the silver screen

Sunday, December 22, 2013

At this time of the year, some Christmas favorites begin to show up on television — Charles Dicken s’ “A Christmas Carol,” “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart, and “Miracle on 34th Street,” with a 9-year-old Natalie … 0

Blagg: All in the preparations

Sunday, December 15, 2013

I’ve been interested in survival for a long time, probably ever since my Boy Scout days. Back then, I wasn’t particularly enthralled with birdwatching (that’s changed!) or the environment or other subjects. But I studied firemaking and finding shelter and using your watch to determine north intently and … 0

Blagg: A limit on rights?

Sunday, December 8, 2013

We found out some more details the other day about Adam Lanza, the Newtown, Conn., man who murdered 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School back in December of last year. They were chilling. It … 0

Blagg: Role worth remembering

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Mavis Batey died the other day. Most people have never heard of her, but she played a key role in the secret code breaking by Great Britain during World War II. She worked at Bletchley Park, a rundown mansion surrounded by hastily thrown up huts which housed dozens … 0