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Tim Blagg

Blagg: Time may be running out

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Somewhere on the bottom of the Indian Ocean, some 1,000 miles west of Australia, three miles down, there may be an answer to the mystery that’s been baffling the world for the last month. Is the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 lying there, its “black box” flight recorders faithfully emitting a stream of signals? We don’t know. All we know for certain is that the flight took off for Beijing and never arrived, carrying 239 souls to their unknown destination. If we could recover the data recorders — one carrying information about the aircraft’s speed, altitude and engine settings, the other voice recordings from … 0

Blagg: Shortchanging dollar coin

Sunday, April 6, 2014

What the heck is wrong with the idea of a one dollar coin? Why do Americans persist in disdaining those pretty little gold-colored representations of Sacagewea and her baby, or the 11-sided Susan B. Anthony version, with its depiction of Apollo 11’s landing on the moon? Just about every other country in the world uses a coin for its basic currency, having long … 0

Blagg: ‘Year without a summer’

Sunday, March 30, 2014

OK, I admit it, I’m hankering for a bit of spring warmth — birds building nests, green shoots sprouting up through last year’s plant debris, enough sun to warrant sitting out on my bench and luxuriating in its rays. I’m winter-worn, tired of ice and snow and slush and ugly snow plow drifts … 0

Tim Blagg: Our ride has been hijacked

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sometimes I wonder how presumably intelligent people can seemingly hold widely divergent information in their brains and selectively quote one set while ignoring the other. Take the Republicans in Congress and the role of public transportation — in … 0

Tim Blagg: Avoiding the nightmare

Sunday, April 7, 2013

It’s a nightmare scenario — the kind you see in shoot-em-up movies — that officials all over the world are working to avoid. A terrorist group gets its hands on highly radioactive material and uses it to build some kind of nuclear bomb or a device that scatters … 0

Congress fails on guns

Sunday, March 24, 2013

I can’t say I’m surprised at the fact that a proposed federal ban on assault weapons has failed to get enough support in Congress to go forward. And I have to say I’m not particularly disappointed, either. I’ve … 0

Source of great mistrust

Sunday, March 17, 2013

One of the things the recent movie “Lincoln” shows quite well is the depth of the divisions that existed during the Civil War — not just between the Union and Confederate sides, but also between factions in the North. For example, diehard Abolitionists like Thaddeus Stevens (portrayed by … 0

Pope Benedict’s decision

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I’m not sure I understand all the negative fuss over Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to retire. Yes, I get it that it’s practically unprecedented ... he is the first pope to voluntarily step down since Pope Gregory XII in 1415. And he only did so because he was … 0

Mississippi gets in line

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The other day, the state of Mississippi finally got around to a very old and quite overdue piece of business. It officially ratified the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution — you know, the one that made slavery illegal. Turns out that when Congress and the states changed our … 0

Within the Constitution

Sunday, February 24, 2013

“ Gun control ... which side are you on?” read the Internet spam mail subject line. I guess that pretty well sums up most of the so-called debate on guns in the United States following the horrendous massacre … 0

Tossed from Olympic ring

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I was just recovering last week from hearing that the Pope had decided to hang up his crozier when I got an even bigger shock. The Olympics had decided to remove wrestling from its list of sports. Are you kidding me? Wrestling is probably the oldest sport in … 0

Finally, official recognition

Sunday, February 10, 2013

So, with great fanfare and considerable comment, the Pentagon has finally decided to allow young American women to stand beside their male counterparts and serve in the combat arms. It’s really no big deal. Women have been risking their lives in combat ever since this country was created … 0

Crimes against humanity

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Every once in awhile, we get a glimpse of the sort of people who have declared war on the West, on the United States, on civilization. We call them “al-Qaida” or “Taliban” or “Islamic fundamentalist fanatics,” but they remain a mysterious group dedicated to destroying what we consider … 0

Chimps ... our cousins

Sunday, January 27, 2013

In his ground-breaking book “The Third Chimpanzee,” Jared Diamond outlines the arguments for reclassifying our closest relatives in the animal world, the chimpanzees. The two orders of chimps are common chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes, found north of the Congo … 0

Important conversation

Sunday, January 20, 2013

As the babble of well-intentioned but largely ill-considered discussions about “doing something” about preventing future tragedies like the one down in Newtown, Conn., continues, one topic has been about mental illness. And that’s a good thing. I hasten … 0