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Tim Blagg

Blagg: Connecting history’s dots

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Every once in awhile, the stars align and mysterious — and interesting — things happen. That was the case the other day for me. I was listening to NPR in the morning, as usual, when I heard a story about the anniversary of the creation of our national anthem. Francis Scott Key, it turns out, scribbled the words to “The Star Spangled Banner” during and after witnessing the British attempt … 0

Blagg:McKinley's assassination shocks the nation

Sunday, September 7, 2014

One hundred and thirteen years ago, on Sept. 6, 1901, at about 4 in the afternoon, President William McKinley was shot at point-blank range by an anarchist, Leon Czolgosz. McKinley was shaking hands at a reception at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y., and was hit twice, once in the chest and once … 0

Blagg: Railroad town at heart

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Wow! That’s what I thought when I read the story in The Recorder about Gov. Patrick chugging into town on a special train to announce that the state is spending a pretty good chunk of money — $17 million, he said — to get ready for Amtrak’s Vermonter. The train, which now runs up from Washington, D.C., and New York City through New … 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

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