Although Walter Hixson’s Nov. 9 commentary, “Why Israel must confront its past,” virulently attacks Israel, he assures readers that “none of its statements will be proven inaccurate.” Apparently hoping to further inoculate himself against criticism, he alleges that CAMERA, a media-monitoring organization known for rebutting such columns, “routinely” labels anti-Israel activists as anti-Semites.
A simple search of our website, where the word “anti-Semite” rarely appears, reveals that we focus on researching facts and exposing falsehoods — and Hixson’s piece, despite his assurances, is full of falsehoods.
For example, there’s his claim that Israel “systematically rejected” the U.N.’s land-for-peace formula. That formula, codified in Security Council Resolution 242, was quickly accepted by Israel and rejected by the Palestinians. It took 20 years and serious pressure by the U.S. before the Palestinians reluctantly agreed to the principle. Before then, Israel had already demonstrated its commitment to land-for-peace by withdrawing from the strategically important Sinai Peninsula in exchange for peace with Egypt.
And its recent peace offers to the Palestinians, rejected by their leadership, again showed Israel’s hopes for a land-for-peace agreement.
The Six Day War, which preceded Resolution 242, was not an Israeli “aggressive war,” as Hixson claims, but rather a defense against over 200,000 troops massed on Israel’s borders with plans and promises to attack. And six separate American investigations contradict Hixson’s allegation that the USS Liberty was “deliberately” destroyed.
Julio Pino’s shout of “Death to Israel” was deplorable, and a violation of school policies. But it isn’t as damaging as Hixson’s series of falsehoods masquerading as fact.
Senior research analyst
Committee for Accuracy in
Middle East Reporting in America
One term only
The voters of Ohio should be congratulated for standing up against tyranny and defeating Issue 2.
The next step is to make sure that John Kasich is a one-term governor.
The Rev. Steve Hammond
Sensible closing of Rothrock Road
As the mayor of Fairlawn, I would like to respond to the Oct. 27 commentary by Larry Levey regarding the closing of Rothrock Road (“Closing Rothrock? It makes no sense”).
Levey argues that the closing of Rothrock Road makes “no sense,” but that’s because he is not looking at the situation from the perspective of the many residents who will be most directly affected by his new, 300,000-square-foot commercial development on Rothrock Road.
Due to the light volume of traffic that uses Rothrock Road, both the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study and the city’s traffic consultant have agreed that the closing of Rothrock Road will not be the cause of any negative traffic problems on state Route 18 or Cleveland-Massillon Road. Rather, all of the negative traffic problems will be created if Levey chooses to proceed with the construction of his new commercial development on Rothrock Road.
Levey essentially wants to blame Fairlawn for the significant traffic problems that his proposed development will be creating in the Montrose area. Rothrock Road was never intended to serve as a major arterial street, like state Route 18 or Cleveland-Massillon Road. Yet Levey wants to construct 300,000 square feet of new commercial retail on Rothrock Road directly across from large, well-established areas that constitute approximately 10 percent of the housing stock in Fairlawn.
As the AMATS concluded, this new commercial development will triple the volume of traffic on Rothrock Road, and will cause other significant negative effects that will fundamentally change the residential character of Rothrock Road and areas in Fairlawn and Copley Township.
Levey states that he is willing to pay $2 million to accommodate the significant traffic increases, but the AMATS has estimated that it will take over $6.75 million of public and private investments, and even more will be required for maintenance and repair of roads and other supporting infrastructure.
Even if these significant traffic improvements are made, the fundamentally residential character of this area will be irreparably changed.
As the AMATS planning staff concluded in its recent study, “When viewed solely as a strategy for protecting residential neighborhoods from the negative impacts of new commercial development, the proposal to close Rothrock Road to through traffic makes a good deal of sense.”
While Levey may not believe that it “makes sense” to protect residential neighborhoods from his new commercial development, I, and the members of the Fairlawn City Council and the Fairlawn Planning Commission, care strongly about protecting these residential areas, and thus have unanimously agreed to proceed with the closing of Rothrock Road.
When viewed from our perspective and the residents who are most directly affected, the closing makes a great deal of sense.
William J. Roth
A week of China in Akron
I recently attended my second China Week program at the University of Akron, sponsored by the Confucius Institute. The institute is part of an international network of Confucius Institutes, supported by the Chinese Ministry of Education. It is dedicated to “enhancing the understanding of the Chinese language and culture” around the world.
China Week is an invitation to the Akron community to explore a host of topics, including China’s culture, politics, world relations, arts, cuisine, medicine, history and economics. The presentations provided participants the opportunity to interact with Chinese and Asian-Americans, Americans who have lived and worked in China, those considering living and working in China and those interested in knowing more about “The Rising Dragon.”
The weeklong program, financed largely by the Confucius Institute, was free, even lunch and the dumpling party, to community members as well as university students. The sessions were well attended, some overflowing. Evening sessions included Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist and China expert Nicholas Kristof. The Friday night traditional Chinese dumpling party held at The Chapel was a special treat. If you haven’t had a chance to take in sessions of this program, mark your calendars for this time next year. Akron is fortunate to have this program. It is an experience not to miss.
Kathryn E. Shafer
Why not intervene?
My question in this whole Penn State fiasco is why didn’t anyone who witnessed one of these rapes try to intervene at the time for the child?
It just makes me sick.