Tim Blagg

Blagg: Oz, Baum and me

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I owe a lot to the “Wizard of Oz” ... not the movie, particularly, but to L. Frank Baum, the guy who wrote that wonderful series of books about Dorothy Gale and her friends and their adventures in a marvelous world of make-believe. You see, that book, and the 13 sequels Baum wrote, got me started on reading ... and taught me to speed read, an attribute that has served me well throughout my whole life. I was slow to start reading, back at Zia Elementary School in Albuquerque, N.M. in the late 1940s. But the school was unusual for that time, in that it … 0

Blagg: ‘Green’ energy mix can be done

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The other day, newspapers across New England carried a story that heralded the fact that Burlington, Vt. is claiming that 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water, and biomass. With the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the Winooski Rive, the story said, the Burlington Electric Department crossed a long awaited threshold and … 0

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” … 0

Blagg: Ancient pelicans

Sunday, October 6, 2013

At regular intervals, we are treated to news videos of gigantic forest fires out west — infernos that are so big they create their own weather. As neatly coiffed correspondents do standups in front of weary firefighting crews … 0

Blagg: Key to reduce drunk driving

Sunday, September 29, 2013

All across the country, from coast to coast, thousands of drivers are climbing into their cars, pulling out a small device, and blowing into it. They have to, or the car won’t start. Then, once they hit the road, the device may suddenly issue a series of urgent … 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