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Saturday, December 31, 2016

My Christmas Day column in the Cleveland Plain Dealer: Operation Reindeer!

Way back in 1953, Santa Claus took a little time out of his busy schedule to help a new president of the United States, Dwight Eisenhower. We hear a lot about presidential appointments these days. Well, that year it was Santa who was called to action by the president.

The holiday season inspired “Operation Reindeer,” Eisenhower’s plan to send Christmas food packages to hungry people around the world

See my full article in the Christmas Day Plain Dealer (page E2).

Column: Remember the hungry this Christmas

No one should go hungry, especially at this time of year. There is enough food on the planet for everyone.

Communities and nations are stronger when people are fed and nourished. So let’s make sure no one goes hungry this holiday season and throughout the year.

See my column at Cincinnati.com

Wichita Eagle Oped: Food could be America’s greatest Christmas gift

On Christmas Eve night in 1947, President Harry Truman proudly talked about America’s most noble tradition: feeding the hungry. Truman said, “The great heart of the American people has been moved to compassion by the needs of those in other lands who are cold and hungry.”

Just days before, Truman signed legislation to provide food to European countries suffering in the aftermath of World War II.

Citizens donated as well, giving food to the Friendship Train, which collected goods for Europe.
Hungry children in France would be having school lunches again because of America’s generosity.
As we celebrate the holidays, we should remember America’s great calling to help those in need whether at home or abroad.

See my guest column in the December 25 Wichita Eagle (page 7A) or online at Kansas.com

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What do the American and Syrian Civil War Have in Common?

In the story Gone with the Wind, Scarlett O’Hara experiences the food shortages caused by America’s Civil War. Hunger is a horrible fate that no one should endure.

Scarlett knows this. In the famous scene from the movie she vows, “As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”

The American Civil War, the bloodiest the country has ever seen, was more than a fight between the Northern Union and the Southern Confederacy. It was also a struggle against hunger.

See my full article at the Huffington Post

My History News Network Thanksgiving Oped

Imagine a mystery guest coming to your Thanksgiving dinner, one you have never met.

After World War II, that is what happened in thousands of American households. But it was an imaginary, or “silent,” guest: one of the world’s hungry.

The “silent guest” campaign of 1947-48 asked Americans to open up their hearts and share their Thanksgiving bounty. Gov. Robert Bradford of Massachusetts, a descendant of the Pilgrims who started Thanksgiving, proclaimed the new tradition of feeding a “silent guest” at the holiday meal.

Read the full article at the Cincinnati Enquirer:

Sunday, November 6, 2016

My new Huff Post column: Why Hillary? Because She is a Leader Against World Hunger

Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate running for President. One of the reasons why is her experience with a critical issue that impacts every nation: hunger and malnutrition.

As Secretary of State Clinton showed leadership in fighting hunger, which is a major foreign policy objective of the United States. She helped start the Feed the Future initiative, which supports small farmers globally.
 
Read the full article at The Huffington Post:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hillary Clinton: The leader we need to fight global hunger

You may not believe it, but this is what a Republican senator once said of Hillary Clinton as secretary of State: “She is dedicated to her job. She loves her country. She understands the issues. … More importantly I think she is a good role model for young people.”

These were the words of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) when introducing Clinton at an event on global hunger in 2012. Clinton thanked him joking, “We promised him that we would seize and erase all tapes of what he has just said,” in order to protect Graham’s career.

The issue of hunger is one where Clinton showed leadership and the ability to work with Republicans. This is more important than ever, with hunger escalating because of conflict around the globe.
Read my full commentary at The Hill