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Old 12-05-2008, 10:30 AM
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hey all,

I, too have added my leter to the multitudes sent to our President in hopes we can save the DELTA QUEEN. Below is my written correspondance with the President...I hope it gives many who haven't taken the time to write an idea as to how they, too can join our ranks and address the President with this VERY IMPORTANT issue!

<Text of email appears below>

President George W.Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Bush,

As you may be aware, a significant part of American history came to an end on the 31st of October. The last authentic overnight river steamboat stopped operations for her final time after an over 30+ year entanglement in a Safety of Life at Sea Law which was never written to include her. The Steamer DELTA QUEEN, port of Cincinnati, OH. is the last of her breed, the last chance in our land to live that great dream Mark Twain penned in his revered American novel, Life on the MIssissippi.

The vessel is 82 years old and has an excellent safety record, with not a single life lost due to her construction, operation, or a single safety issue....ever.

Currently the boat needs only your sponsorship, as you have been petitioned by several members of Congress to issue an Executive Order to save her. This will cost the American tax payer nothing and will save a proud example of American ingenuity. The steamboat as we know it on our rivers was a unique American adaptation of navigation on inland waterways. As well, it will save 150 American jobs which were lost this fall.

The vessel travels the Mississippi River and her tributaries, stopping on 3-11 night cruises and allowing her passengers from all over the world to experience the American South, our beautiful Upper Mid West in the Upper Mississippi River, the spectacular and scenic Tennessee River Valley, and our Original American artery, the beautiful Ohio River. While stopped on these rivers, she affords her guests the experience of places they most likely would never have seen. They spend considerable amounts on savoring the special places the vessel stops. Many of these river communities survive solely on the revenue from her visits annually.

Please review the safety record of the Steamer DELTA QUEEN and decide for yourself. Our United States Coast Guard regularly issues valid certificated of Inspection for the vessel, a testament to the safety of her operation.

Thank you for your time in considering this most urgent matter. I would certainly appreciate your support of this measure as together we can save American history for our next generations to come....our history is where we build our future!

Thank you, Mr. President!

Travis C Vasconcelos
1280 Cherokee Road
Louisville, KY 40204
<Text of email appears above>

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