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Tim Blagg

Blagg: Before war was unleashed

Sunday, July 27, 2014

It was nearly 100 years ago next month that the opening salvos of the Great War thundered across the Belgian countryside — the Great Powers of the world were throwing their manpower and industrial might at each other in a titanic struggle that would change the world forever. What we now call the First World War would lead — directly and indirectly — to the Second, to the Cold War … 0

Blagg: Middle East missiles

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The news from the Middle East just keeps getting worse and worse. Teenagers kidnapped and murdered, young children hit by artillery fire, thousands of rockets being fired at random into neighborhoods and now the Israeli army is making forays, with tanks, into Gaza — it’s just madness. As the weeks of violence and … 2

Blagg: More meow than roar

Sunday, July 13, 2014

It was 1931, and the League of Nations, formed after World War I to “prevent wars through collective security and disarmament and settle international disputes through negotiation and arbitration,” was just a dozen years old. Since its formation, it had successfully helped resolve a number of territorial disputes and had worked tirelessly to … 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

Tim Blagg: Let’s talk ‘scandals’

Sunday, May 26, 2013

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sick of hearing and reading about President Obama’s “scandals.” First of all, they’re not scandals. A scandal is when a sitting governor mysteriously disappears, reappears to lie about hiking on the Appalachian Trail, then turns out to have a South … 0

Tim Blagg: Drunken driving remedies

Sunday, May 19, 2013

I wish I could believe that lowering the blood alchohol limit for drunken driving, as has been recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board, would cut the number of fatalities caused by impaired drivers. I can’t. I think … 0

Military sex assaults awful

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Some 20 years ago, my daughter graduated from Greenfield High School and joined the Air Force. It was a good decision for her, one my wife and I had supported for several years. It gave her structure and a sense of belonging, taught her a profession she followed … 0