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Letters: A learning opportunity for the entire community

Contributed To The Press • Oct 26, 2017 at 12:00 AM

I couldn’t disagree more with the Press on renaming King Street for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Renaming King Street and King Commons Park would be a much greater honor to Dr. King than putting up a street sign on University Parkway where people are going to zip by doing 45 mph.

Having a statue in a beautiful city park that children and adults could sit by and reflect on would be a much better teaching and learning opportunity for his legacy. Just because other cities have renamed major thoroughfares that strangers to that city are going to be zipping by doesn’t make them better.

That line of thinking is totally short-sighted and ignores all of the opportunities that the park would provide.

The NAACP and the local African-American community could contribute to and expand this park location to enhance Dr. King’s legacy in the Johnson City area.

GARY BURLESON

Johnson City

It’s an issue

How can one suggest that kneeling for our national anthem is a show of respect when the stated reason by those kneeling is to disrespect the flag and country? And how can one suggest that meeting the constitutional requirement that “no person except a natural born Citizen … hav(ing) attained to the Age of thirty-five Years … shall be eligible to the Office of President” is a non-issue? It should be an issue, should have been an issue and should always be an issue.

Proof of meeting constitutional requirements should be provided up front, and satisfaction that requirements are met should be more compelling than partisan bickering. In my view the Democratic response to this issue fanned more flames than anything else.

DAVID BAGWELL

Kingsport

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