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Tim Blagg

Blagg: Reasons to be thankful

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Strictly speaking, we ought to be thankful throughout the year, taking time to appreciate good fortune whenever it occurs, and “smelling the roses” in our daily lives. Does it really take a special day? But, humans being humans, it’s often hard to stop, raise up and look around, and count our many blessings. I have plenty, as it happens, but can’t take credit for most of them. Sure, I had … 0

Blagg: President out of touch

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It’s time to take a step back and look at our efforts to deal with ISIS, the so-called “Islamic State” group that has caused so much suffering and death in Iraq and Syria. Unfortunately, it’s becoming clear that the Obama administration is increasingly out of touch with our military leaders — and in … 0

Blagg: Third-party candidates

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Third-party candidates pose a thorny question in American politics. Although there are some successes in our history — after all, John C. Fremont’s Republican Party — formerly the Whigs — began as an anti-slavery alternative to James Buchanan’s Democrats. Millard Fillmore’s Know-Nothing Party (essentially an anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant group) drew few votes in 1856. … 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

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