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Letters: Bring battle treasures to Sycamore Shoals museum

Contributed To The Press • Feb 2, 2018 at 12:00 AM

I am thinking that our locally elected members to the Tennessee General Assembly should direct the Tennessee State Parks agency to prepare a site assessment at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park as to determine how much it would cost to transfer the entire catalog of historical objects (just those items that are actually owned by the state of Tennessee) related to the Battle of Kings Mountain — the “Lost Treasures of the Battle of Kings Mountain” now in the custodianship of the Tennessee State Museum — for permanent, local display with the museum at the Sycamore Shoals in Elizabethton.

Back during November 2017, I found a pdf file for the 1980 publication, “The Sword of Lord and Gideon: A Catalogue of Historical Objects Related to the Battle of King’s Mountain,” online at the Appalachian State University Digital Collections website while tracking down a book pertaining to the former Elizabethton resident, Tennessee governor, and United States senator William G. Brownlow. This catalog provides very detailed descriptions for these historical objects related to the Battle of Kings Mountain and, in many cases, photographs of these same historical objects.

I am also thinking that is important to point out that all of the historical objects related to the Battle of Kings Mountain within this catalog were donated to, or obtained by, the state of Tennessee and predate both the 1976 opening of Sycamore Shoals, and the June 29, 2013, grand opening of a new Sycamore Shoals museum and would greatly enhance local efforts to increase tourism activity in Northeast Tennessee.

ROBERT D. RITCHIE

Elizabethton

Constitutiuonally wrong

Restrictions on bump-fire stocks are absolutely an infringement of the Second Amendment.

Since most legislators who propose legislation that infringes on the God-given and Constitutionally-memorialized right to keep and bear arms are ignorant about how firearms operate and what they are (and are not) capable of, their proposals should be ignored.

Anyone who is moderately familiar with firearms knows the same effect can be accomplished with a string, rubber band or even a belt loop. 

Of course, all of this ignores the fact that any similar proposed legislation restricting the right to more effectively practice free speech (facsimile, email, texting, internet or even automated printing presses) wouldn’t see the light of day. Why is that?

GREG SENEFF SR.

Nashville

Misreading gun rights

I assume state Reps. Micah Van Huss and Matthew Hill are reasonably well educated, but they do not seem to understand the language in the Second Amendment. Yes, we have the right to bear arms in order to form a state militia (aka as the National Guard). I am so sick of hearing that passage quoted incorrectly.

If a person is going to support an issue, I think they should know what they are supporting. Additionally, the Constitution and all of the amendments were written by human beings, not God. The rights there in are guaranteed by the Constitution. It is not our God-given right to bear arms, as I have heard many times from proponents of gun rights.

DONNA ANDERS

Johnson City

Prager’s problem

In Dennis Prager’s column on Jan. 27, Prager stated that men are naturally aroused when they see women. If I understand Prager’s comments correctly, he is saying that a man naturally lusts for a woman when he sees her.

If Prager is speaking from his own experience, he has a problem. Appreciating a woman’s body and being aroused are totally different. Obviously, I can’t speak for women. I know from my own experience that women appreciate a man’s body.

If they don’t get aroused, it proves, once again, men can learn much from women.

EDWARD WOLFF

Jonesborough

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