Tim Blagg

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, there is a tendency to carelessly toss out the basic tenets of the Rule of Law or of the protections of civil … 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 the blacked-out streets of the black neighborhoods of Wilmington, Del. — broken glass, burned-out businesses, … 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 missiles, ordering his air force to fly close — or into — other nation’s airspace … 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

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