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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...

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D-Day: Changing the course of World War II
06-05-2024 3:11 PM

ASSOCIATED PRESS

OMAHA BEACH, France — The June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied France was unprecedented in scale and audacity, using the largest-ever armada of ships, troops, planes and vehicles to punch a hole in Adolf Hitler’s defenses in western Europe...


Eyewitnesses to D-Day: 80 years after tide-turning invasion of Normandy in WWII, centenarian veterans recall experiences
06-05-2024 2:36 PM

By SYLVIE CORBET and DANICA KIRKA

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — World War II veterans from the United States, Britain and Canada are in Normandy this week to mark 80 years since the D-Day landings that helped lead to Hitler’s defeat.Few witnesses remain who remember the Allied assault....


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...


My Turn: Asbestos exposure can still compromise Massachussets veterans’ health
04-08-2024 6:03 PM

By CRISTINA JOHNSON

 Over the last century, the U.S. military has primarily used asbestos because the World War II war effort needed cheap materials to mass-produce military equipment quickly. Considered a “wonder material,” asbestos was abundant in the markets, and...


Mass. Republicans dispute Trump’s unity claim
02-27-2024 11:14 AM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

In South Carolina, former President Donald Trump notched another primary victory Saturday as he seeks the GOP presidential nomination, declaring afterwards that he has never seen Republicans “so unified.”But do Republicans here in Massachusetts feel...


Dial ‘A’ for anachronism: Landlines languishing in US
02-26-2024 7:01 AM

By DEEPTI HAJELA

NEW YORK — When her cellphone’s service went down last week because of an AT&T network outage, Bernice Hudson didn’t panic. She just called the people she wanted to talk to the old-fashioned way — on her landline telephone, the kind she grew up with...


Ominous ocean warmth points to an active Atlantic hurricane season ahead
02-19-2024 7:01 AM

By SCOTT DANCE

Hurricane season is still more than three months away, but in parts of the tropical Atlantic, it feels like we might as well already be in the thick of it. Across a strip of ocean where many cyclones are born, February ocean temperatures are closer to...


My Turn: Will men organize to end gun violence?
02-13-2024 3:41 PM

By ROB OKUN

How many ears must one man haveBefore he can hear people cry?How many deaths will it take till he knows thattoo many people have died?— Bob Dylan, “Blowin’ in the Wind”It’s been six years since the Valentine’s Day massacre of 14 students and three...


Guest columnist William Lambers: Expand child tax credit to reduce hunger and poverty
01-26-2024 3:38 PM

By WILLIAM LAMBERSCongress can take action against hunger and poverty by bringing back the expanded child tax credit that was so successful in 2021. They can start by voting in favor of the bipartisan tax proposal put forward by Senate Finance...


Trump wins Iowa’s leadoff caucuses
01-15-2024 10:07 PM

By The Associated Press

Donald Trump has won Iowa’s leadoff presidential caucuses.The former president’s victory on Monday night gives him a strong start in the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination as the contest moves to New Hampshire.Former U.N. Ambassador...


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...


EarthTalk: Old-growth forest inventory shows promising results
01-07-2024 4:25 PM

By TAYLOR CONNELLY

Dear EarthTalk: How much “old-growth” forest is left in the U.S. today and what are we doing to protect it?— Paul Belaire, Chico, CaliforniaScientists have found it tough to settle on a precise definition for old-growth forests. There’s no single...


EarthTalk: Direct air capture: Secret sauce to climate fight?
12-31-2023 10:01 AM

E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: How feasible is so-called Direct Air Capture as a tool in mitigating runaway climate change? — James Hawthorne, Tampa, FloridaThe United Nations has emphasized limiting global temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels...


Guest columnists Amy Wiwuga and Sylvia Ghazarian: Preserving reproductive justice — The imperative of separating church and state
12-31-2023 7:00 AM

By AMY WIWUGA and SYLVIA GHAZARIAN

In the ongoing battle for reproductive justice, the intersection of religious beliefs and public policy casts a long shadow over the fundamental rights of individuals, particularly those in marginalized communities, including LGBTQ+ and non-binary...


Speaking of Nature: An immature Cooper’s Hawk gives me a glare
12-25-2023 2:00 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

Dear Reader: I can’t believe that 2023 is almost over. Next week I am going to work on my traditional Year-In-Review column, but today I have decided to give myself permission to go back to one of my favorite photos of 2023. This is a photo that I...


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...


Speaking of Nature: The winterberry —  A winter treasure
12-17-2023 1:11 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

With Christmas just around the corner, preparations for the big day are in full swing. Just last weekend I visited my parents’ house in South Amherst and I participated in a new activity: card making. My mother has become a real fan of creating...


EarthTalk: Making this year the greenest holiday season ever
12-17-2023 1:10 PM

E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: The holiday season brings so much food and packaging waste. What can I do to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem this year? — Bridget Wilson, Philadelphia, PAWe all love the holiday season for its traditions and...


Nature Photo Contest
12-17-2023 1:08 PM

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