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Continued: Readers Write: (July 19): Home alarms, tax inversions, Mideast conflict, roads vs. transit, Sen. Al Franken

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This message comes from the company’s vice president of corporate taxes. Seriously? A vice president of corporate taxes? Tells me all I need to know.

Steven Williams, Minneapolis

 

MIDEAST CONFLICT

Hamas actions must not be rationalized

In response to the Star Tribune’s strong editorial supporting Israel’s right of self-defense, three July 18 letter writers disturbingly rationalize Hamas terrorism.

Though Hamas is democratically elected, its charter still calls for the obliteration of Israel.

As for occupation and Hamas, every single Israeli left Gaza in 2005. Sadly, rather than using this opportunity to better the lives of Palestinians, Hamas has used Gaza as a launchpad for its ongoing war against Israel.

As for intransigence and Israel, see the memoirs of President Bill Clinton, in which he lamented Yassar Arafat’s rejection of a Palestinian state in 2000.

As for the “root cause” of the “situation,” we agree with Canadian Minister of State Pierre Poilievre, who once noted that the “root cause of terrorism is terrorists.”

Steve Hunegs, St. Louis Park

 

The writer is executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

 

ROADS VS. TRANSIT

‘Subsidy’ complainers take the narrow lane

To the July 18 letter writer who wondered how happy transit riders would be if they had to pay the real cost of building and operating the system: If we were to take the entire cost of building and maintaining our road system, and if we charged drivers a percentage based on the miles they drove, I wonder just how happy he would be. At least then maybe he would realize just how much he is subsidized for his daily commute.

In 2013, Metro Transit had a ridership of 81.4 million. Now imagine the gridlock if each of those rides were by car. Large public works are not done solely for the benefit of those who use them. They are done to make an entire area better for all.

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