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Guest columnist William Lambers: Celebrate America with acts of kindness
07-03-2024 2:50 PM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

 Right before the 4th of July in 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt praised Americans for lending a “neighborly and sympathetic hand” to those in need.In a letter published by newspapers around the nation, Roosevelt wrote about the National War...

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Guest columnist William Lambers: 80 years later, D-Day inspires us
06-06-2024 6:31 AM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

 When I was growing up in Andover, we had a nice neighbor known as Mr. Burke. He let us go through his backyard when we were setting up a basketball hoop.What I did not know about Mr. Burke until years later, long after we had moved away, was that he...


Thinking peace on Memorial Day
05-27-2024 9:46 AM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

 On Memorial Day we can honor the sacrifices of our soldiers and continue the quest for world peace.As President Dwight Eisenhower said of Memorial Day, “Let us reverently honor those who have fallen in war, and rededicate ourselves through prayer to...


Guest columnist William Lambers: Letter writing vital to get humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza
05-07-2024 1:56 PM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

Each of us can support the humanitarian agencies in Gaza who are appealing for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war. By writing letters to your elected officials you can make a difference in getting the cease-fire. It’s urgent with food, water and...


Guest columnist William Lambers: Boston Marathon winner inspires action against hunger
04-14-2024 7:57 PM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

 In 1946, running legend Johnny Kelley, upon finishing second to Stylianos Kyriakides in the Boston Marathon, remarked “How can you beat a guy like that? He wasn’t running for himself. He was doing it for his country.”Stylianos Kyriakides was from...


Guest Columnist William Lambers: Congress must urgently fund program that feeds infants, mothers
01-15-2024 12:29 PM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

President Harry Truman was right when he said “No nation is any healthier than its children.” Congress needs to live up to this standard by fully funding the WIC program that feeds low income mothers and infants throughout America.The Special...


Guest columnist William Lambers: Basketball can save lives from hunger again
01-08-2024 5:08 PM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

Both the college and pro basketball seasons are heating up now with games every day. I was watching my alma mater Mount St. Joseph University play Bluffton University of Ohio and wondering if basketball could draw attention to global hunger. There are...


Guest columnist William Lambers: A beautiful Christmas story
12-21-2023 3:55 PM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

It was December 1947 and Captain Allan Smithies would not be home for Christmas. The Captain of the American Leader vessel was on a special mission playing the role of Santa Claus.As reported in the Hartford Courant, Smithies was guiding a ship of...


Guest columnist William Lambers: Share Thanksgiving with the world’s hungry
11-21-2023 3:24 PM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

It was Thanksgiving in 1963 when a group of 25 people in Plymouth, Massachusetts had an idea: Let’s skip Thanksgiving dinner. These men and women, in the town where America’s first Thanksgiving was held by the Pilgrims, decided to fast at Plymouth’s...


Guest columnist William Lambers: Veterans Day and the noble quest for peace
11-11-2023 6:00 AM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

Imagine what Lt. A.J. Roemmick was thinking as he left the trenches in France to attack German troops on Nov. 11, 1918. World War I was still raging.As Roemmick entered the “no-man’s land” that separated the American forces from enemy German forces,...


Guest columnist William Lambers: 60 years later, we need JFK’s wish to become reality
10-08-2023 9:18 PM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

As we mark the 60th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy signing the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, there is some very alarming news. Reports of increased activity at the nuclear weapons test sites of Russia, China and the U.S. are raising fears...


Guest columnist William Lambers: Honor Air Force’s birthday by reproducing mission of hope
09-18-2023 11:50 AM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

As we celebrate the birthday of the U.S. Air Force, let’s remember what one of its first missions represented: hope.For today with so much suffering abroad from conflict and climate change, the world needs hope.The Air Force was officially established...


Guest Columnist William Lambers: Congress should expand global school meals
09-05-2023 2:36 PM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

As Congress works on the new Farm Bill, lawmakers should remember that the simple school meal can make a big difference around the world. It always has.Just last week, the charity Mary’s Meals announced the restarting of school lunches in the Tigray...


Remembering the first atomic bomb and hopes for eliminating nukes
07-13-2023 9:39 PM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

The first atomic bomb test in New Mexico on July 16, 1945 opened the door to the dangerous nuclear arms races we have seen ever since. J. Robert Oppenheimer, a leader in the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb during World War II, thought...


Guest columnist William Lambers: Baseball’s summer of war relief
06-27-2023 4:23 PM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

Major League Baseball has produced many classic, inspiring moments over the years, including the World Series. But one of its most noble efforts is not well known.It was during the Second World War, when Major League Baseball launched a plan to raise...


My Turn: Eisenhower’s post D-Day mission for all of us
06-07-2023 1:56 PM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

When General Dwight Eisenhower spoke at the third anniversary of the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944, he praised the bravery of American soldiers. The D-Day invasion of Nazi German occupied France led to the liberation of Europe and victory in World...


Guest Columnist William Lambers: Founding Fathers would want gun control today
03-30-2023 12:41 PM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

The tragic shootings in Nashville, with children and staff at the Covenant School being killed, demands action from Congress. But so many times we have seen Congress do nothing after gun violence.If America’s Founding Fathers could have traveled in...


A heroic woman fighting for the rights of children
03-07-2023 2:56 PM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

On International Women’s Day (March 8) step back in time to London, England in the year 1919. At Trafalgar Square in Central London you will see a woman handing out flyers to whomever passes by.She wants to tell everyone about children starving to...


Presidents Day messages of peace
02-19-2023 6:50 PM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

On this Presidents Day let’s step back in time for a moment to President George Washington’s last message to the nation. It was 1796 when Washington gave his farewell address.Washington had one last request of the American people, to “Observe good...


Help earthquake victims in Turkey, Syria
02-09-2023 6:07 PM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

It’s urgent we send aid to Turkey, Syria and the Middle East following a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has killed and injured thousands. There are ways everyone can take action to help. And it’s needed desperately.The horrific numbers of...


Turn back Doomsday Clock with Eisenhower Plan
01-26-2023 5:09 PM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

With the Doomsday Clock now 90 seconds to midnight, the closest to nuclear war ever, it’s clear diplomacy must be brought back into action to reduce the threat.The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists just made the annual Doomsday Clock announcement...

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