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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: Health care website issues

Sunday, October 27, 2013

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the government’s new health insurance website has run into problems, any more than the fact that Republicans are screaming their heads off about the snafu and claiming that it means the new … 0

Blagg: Where it’s written

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Now, I’m not by any means a grammar snob. I tend to go for writing that’s easy to read and more conversational than precisely according to, uh, Fowler. I try to use “that” and “which” correctly, but I … 0

Blagg: Seat belt law with teeth

Sunday, October 13, 2013

I’m not sure how likely it is that S-1115 will make its way through the Legislature, but it’s worth talking about. It’s a bill that would change the state’s current seat belt law to one of “primary enforcement.” … 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