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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: 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

Blagg: Following ‘The Plot’

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Why are we surprised that incidents involving guns and violence seem to be on the rise all over the U.S.? After all, we’ve been teaching our children that violence is the answer to almost any problem for decades. And I’m not talking about the number of guns in … 0

Blagg: Part of our carbon footprint

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Let’s talk about cellulose. No, I’m not kidding ... cellulose. You see, cellulose is an incredibly abundant organic polymer that makes up the tough fibers that constitute plant material. Stems, stalks and tree trunks are made of cellulose, … 0

Blagg: Keeping Greenfield ‘special’

Sunday, November 10, 2013

What kind of a town is Greenfield? Is it, as legend would have us believe, “the town that turned down Henry Ford?” In his fascinating 1982 social history of Greenfield — “The Conservative Rebele_SDRq — Paul Jenkins wrote that the story that Henry Ford once wanted to build … 0

Blagg: We’re still at war

Sunday, November 3, 2013

It’s hard to know which way to go. The United States finds itself in a real bind these days, caught between a rock and a hard place. We are at war, faced with an implacable, well-financed enemy that … 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