Readers Write: (July 23): KFAI's Andy Driscoll, Mideast conflict, campaign ads

  • Updated: July 22, 2014 - 6:09 PM

The longtime journalist died over the weekend. He was 74.


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Our community has lost one of its most talented and dedicated journalists. Andy Driscoll, St. Paul, longtime host of KFAI’s weekly program “Truth to Tell,” has died at 74. Although the station’s audience is small in comparison with others’, Driscoll had a devoted following, as do other broadcasters there, such as Don Olson, Lydia Howell and the station’s anchor program, Amy Goodman’s Monday-through-Friday simulcast of “Democracy Now!”, which is syndicated around the world.

Driscoll will be remembered as a champion of peace and justice and for taking on topics that most other media avoided.

KFAI should continue “Truth To Tell” in his memory and as his legacy and nominate him to the Minnesota Broadcasters Hall of Fame. RIP.

Willard B. Shapira, Roseville


‘Other side’ of Gaza story is not convincing

Sylvia Schwarz (“The other side of the Gaza story,” July 22) correctly advises that “the history of Israel and Palestine … is critical as it relates to the present.” She then ignores her own advice by falsifying this history to deliver an anti-Israel polemic.

The catalog of calumnies and distortions contained in her commentary is too lengthy to fully comment upon. The most egregious is her statement that, in 1948, “750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes.” This statement conveys the impression that Israel conducted a mass expulsion of the Palestinian Arabs in 1948. As a self-described student of history, Schwarz presumably knows that no such mass expulsion occurred.

Besides disputing Israel’s claim that Hamas is using civilians as human shields, Schwarz inverts this claim by asserting that “Israel uses Palestinian civilians as human shields.” The facts are that Israel has gone to unprecedented lengths to provide advance evacuation warnings to Gaza civilians and that Hamas officials are on record as urging them to ignore these warnings.

With complete disregard for the facts or an honest accounting of the events that led to Israel’s decision to retaliate against Hamas, Schwarz condemns Israel as “the aggressor in this conflict.” This statement is manifestly false. Schwarz’s motives for making it can only be speculated upon.

Peter D. Abarbanel, Apple Valley

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It is not enough to repeat the tired old cliché about Israel caring more about its civilians than the Palestinians do about theirs. The truth is far darker: Hamas wages war in a way designed to maximize civilian casualties in Gaza, because every death increases its moral capital. If that is not a crime against humanity, I am not sure what is.

Rich Furman, St. Paul

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The measures described in the commentary would not be necessary if the charter of the Hamas government, elected by the citizens of Gaza, did not call for the total destruction of Israel. No government would tolerate rockets constantly fired indiscriminately at its citizens without a response. To say that the purpose of the attack on Gaza is to ethnically cleanse Palestinians and replace them with Jews flies in the face of the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza earlier in the last decade by forcibly removing some of its Jewish citizens.

Rose is a very dangerous color for glasses.

Jay Herman, Eden Prairie

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