Tim Blagg

Blagg: Hot and cold on the mind

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I’ve been thinking a lot about heat recently — for obvious reasons. When I look at the windows of my 1852-vintage home, for example, I’m less likely to dwell on their lovely thin mullion sash windows than I am to consider the enormous amount of heat that I lose to the frigid air outside, despite my collection of storm windows, deadlights and window quilts. The mud room door, which I … 1

Blagg: In defense of science

Sunday, February 15, 2015

In my opinion, it’s one of the thorniest problems we have to deal with in the United States — in fact, the world — today ... and I don’t have the foggiest idea of what to do about it. I’m talking about the fact that surveys continue to show that a huge fraction … 3

Blagg: Snipers now the target

Sunday, February 8, 2015

I must confess, I’ve been bemused — and sometimes amused — by the earnest debate generated by the recent success of the movie “American Sniper.” The discussion has ranged from continuing unhappiness with the whole idea of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (which I share) to the idea of war as a … 1

Blagg: Just doing our job

Sunday, March 2, 2014

I thought I would wait awhile for the gigantic kerfuffel over the Al Norman/Town Council/Conservation Commission to die down before I weighed in with my viewpoint. And a giant kerfuffel it was. “How dare you ... !” letters and phone calls continued for days. Well, we dared to … 0

Blagg: The screening of history

Sunday, February 23, 2014

John Walsh of British newspaper The Independent had an interesting column the other day on the use of movies, as well as TV, to teach history. It was prompted by a suggestion by an actor, Eddie Redmayne, who is familiar from appearances in “Les Misérables,” “War Horse” and … 0

Blagg: Caught in a smoke screen

Sunday, February 16, 2014

‘Era of Marijuana Prohibition Officially Over’ in Colorado Going further than Amsterdam’s pot rules, state law now in effect allows for recreational sale of popular drug Surgeon General Sets Tobacco End-Game as Smoking Persists — recent headlines Did … 0

Blagg: The Recorder’s digital side

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Putting The Recorder together every day has been getting increasingly complicated — but also increasingly interesting. That’s because we’re faced with not only publishing a paper product, but a digital one as well. Every day, on deadline. It’s added a whole raft of problems to the job — … 0

Blagg: Righting the ship of state

Sunday, February 2, 2014

In the wake of President Obama’s annual State of the Union message, the usual litany of gripes and complaints has risen to a crescendo. Folks from all political persuasions have griped and fumed and launched into rants about … 0

Blagg: All aboard on trains

Sunday, January 26, 2014

It looks like we may have — at long last — railroad service for the Connecticut Valley, including Greenfield, in the near future. It’s about time. The prosperity that marked this area at the beginning of the 20th century really began when the first train chugged into Greenfield … 0

Blagg: Battle to control the seas

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Winston Churchill called it the Battle of the Atlantic, and later confessed that “... the only thing that ever really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril.” The Germans had thrown a vast belt of submarines, … 0

Blagg: Where we went wrong

Sunday, January 12, 2014

One of the most fundamental maxims governing the use of military force is to carefully define the mission before beginning to plan for the campaign. That includes considering whether the goals being set are ones that can realistically … 0

Blagg: Meeting in the middle

Sunday, January 5, 2014

As we swing into 2014, the battle between Creationism and Intelligent Design and Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is back in the news. Bill Nye, TV’s “Science Guy,” is set to visit Kentucky next month for a debate on … 3

Blagg: Finding the positive side

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Whew! What a stinker of a year! It seems like every week of the last 52 has been marked by some sort of lousy news coming from somewhere. Mass shootings, suicide bombers, natural disasters ... the toll in human lives and suffering has been enormous. Frankly, the editors … 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