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Opinion Letters

My first thought after reading last week’s letter “Boomers begat ‘a legacy of protest’” was to think it was so off base it didn’t even deserve a rebuttal. However, the more I considered, the more compelled I became to point out the holes in the writer’s flawed logic.

The writer says that the baby boomers who protested in the 1960s were disrespecting, rejecting and protesting their parents’ “Greatest Generation.” On the contrary, the boomers’ beliefs were a continuation of the very same ideals their parents had fought for. It should never be forgotten that Americans who fought in World War II to eliminate the oppression of people in other countries did so from within our own segregated armed forces.

The writer compares baby boomer protesters to spoiled children throwing temper tantrums. I hardly think that putting their lives at risk would qualify as such. Indeed, just like their parents' generation, some even made the ultimate sacrifice for what they believed in.


I first wanted to write each and everyone of you an individual letter, but time wouldn't allow that so I decided to use the newspaper.

On June 10 of this year I was involved in a three-car accident on 441. I spent one week in ICU and three more weeks in Mission Hospital followed by 20 more days in Care Partners Rehab Center. I was diagnosed with bilateral subdural hematoma/subarchroio hemorrhage/diffuse axonal with right temporaparietal skull fracture and given a 10 percent survival rate. My future didn’t look so bright.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all those involved in this year’s Mountain High BBQ Festival.

We thank our sponsors for their continued support, our volunteers for their tireless service, those who brought their cars to display and everyone who attended.

It is our privilege to provide a quality, fun, family-friendly festival that will bring tourism dollars to our hotels, restaurants and stores. We look forward to next year’s festival the second weekend of August.

Franklin Chamber of Commerce staff

(1) The Military Act of 1757 defined a well "regulated militia": All 18-45 year old males who were not already a member of the regular English forces and who are declared by authority are subject to call to military service. The Act called for penalties and fines for all males who did not bare arms, detailed the militia ranks of authority, required the Colonial government to provide arms to the poor, required the amount of dry powder to hold in reserve, and outlined exemptions for clergy, etc.

(2) The Military Act of 1757, the "well regulated" Colonial Militia, eventually became the Revolutionary Militia and Minutemen who opposed their colonial predecessor. A well regulated militia of the 13 colonies was consistent with the 1757 Act. The Continental Congress of 1787, under Article 1, Sec 8, gave the power to direct and control the well regulated militia of the states to the Federal Congress. Then the First and the Second Military Act of 1792 confirmed the basic guidelines of the English Military Act of 1757 and required mandatory arming of 18 to 45 year old males, etc. In effect these two 1792 Acts clarified the intent of the prior "1791, Amendment 2" of the Continental Congress.

(3) Constitutional Amendment 2, 1791:"a well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bare arms shall not be infringed". The right to bare arms was "mandatory conscription" for all white males ages 18 to 45. Arms consisted of a flint lock musket, only. The same and only weapon available for hunting, target practice and military use.


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