Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Battle zone's lethal harvest by Titus Peachey

Titus Peachey is director of peace education for the Mennonite Central Committee in Akron, Pa. Picture credit, MARWAN NAAMANI / AFP, Getty
A Lebanese boy stands near where he lost part of his right hand to a cluster bomb in 2006.
I love the Obama family's White House garden. It's a great way to promote the value of fresh, homegrown food, and I hope many will follow the example that the president and first lady have set. But today I am urging President Obama to pick up a pen instead of a garden hoe, because hidden in the garden's onions and tomatoes is a connection to international humanitarian law that deserves his immediate attention. Many countries have banned cluster bombs. Unfortunately, the U.S. isn't one of them.
Click here to read the article in the Philadelphia Inquirer
Titus Peachey a former coordinator of the committee's Cluster Bomb Removal Project in Laos. He can be contacted at tmp@mcc.org. For more information, see mcc.org/clusterbombs

Dr. Eric Beachy Physician, Clay Center for Family Medicine, Clay City, Ind.

Here in Clay City, a town of about 1,000 people, medicine has come full circle. Dr. Eric Beachy, a 30-something with salt and pepper hair and an easy bedside manner has begun making house calls, a practice residents here wrote off as old-fashioned. But Beachy's home visits are anything but that. Click to read the article or listen to the video, by STAN JASTRZEBSKI. LINDA WERTHEIMER, host: September 21, 2009 from WFIU