Tim Blagg
August 16, 2014

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 against others. Police officers, for example, carry … 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: Switch from gasoline to ethanol linked to higher ozone levels

Sunday, August 3, 2014

We’re all familiar with the fact that when we fill up our cars with gasoline these days, what flows into the tank is really not all gas. Ten percent of that very expensive liquid with which we fuel our automobiles is really alcohol. It’s a government edict, done for our own good... or … 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

Blagg: This is entertainment?

Sunday, July 28, 2013

We ran a story the other day that deplored the lack of change in our entertainment media — movies, television, video games, etc. — in the days since the awful slaughter out in Colorado at a movie theater and then the equally horribly massacre down in Connecticut at … 0

Blagg: Maine made for summer

Sunday, July 21, 2013

For years, we’ve been managing to spend at least a week or two on a lake in Maine. Up until last year, that included a stay at my in-laws’ rented camp on China Lake, just east of Augusta and not far from that fabled “you can’t get there … 0

Blagg: Landing all in the approach

Sunday, July 14, 2013

That crash out in San Francisco has me pondering the problem of landing. Getting an airplane off the ground isn’t that hard ... almost anyone can do it. But bring them down again is a different story ... … 0

Blagg: The Battle of Gettysburg

Sunday, July 7, 2013

There have been many articles and features around the country this month about the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, back during the Civil War. That’s appropriate — the battle really was a turning point, both militarily and psychologically in that terrible conflict. Back in 1863, the … 0

Blagg: America’s families

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Frankly, I had to wait awhile before I could write this column ... I had to cool down. The subject got me so hot under the collar that it seemed better to let it simmer for a week or two before addressing it. I’m talking about the fuss … 0

Blagg: Drivers: Be on the lookout

Sunday, June 23, 2013

It’s summer and the schools are out. That means a host of good things: the laughter of children playing outdoors (and not inside with a computer!), boating, fishing, tennis and golf and a whole host of outdoor activities. But it also means increased danger. I’m talking about simply … 0

Blagg: Deeper into Syria

Sunday, June 16, 2013

So we’ve finally decided to stick our collective toes into the Syrian swamp. Now the trick is to keep them from being bitten off. President Barack Obama announced last week that he’s decided to authorize “lethal aid” to … 0

Blagg: Airborne gamble

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Every year at this time, many of us stop and think back to that awful, yet wonderful day in 1944 when thousands of American, British and Free French troops stormed ashore along the beaches of Normandy and began … 0

Blagg: Annoying dramatic effects

Sunday, June 2, 2013

What bugs you? Are there things that just grate on your nerves or offend your common sense? I’ve got a bunch. Let’s take some common movie and TV conventions that really tick me off. First of all, there’s the “cigarette lighter on the fire sprinkler” bit. How many … 0