September 2008


I’ve received many requests from folks who have not had an opportunity to enjoy traveling on the Delta Queen, asking for more pictures around the boat. So, I will freqently post photos and video tours around the Delta Queen in a new category debuting today: “Tour the DQ.”

I’m starting out with one of my favorites, the gorgeous Grand Staircase. Enjoy and watch for more coming soon. Let me know how you like it and what other areas interested you.

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Delta Queen supporter Barack Obama

Delta Queen supporter Barack Obama

Presidential candidate and Illinois Senator Barack Obama has signed on as a sponsor of the Senate bill (S. 3498) submitted by George Voinovich (R-Ohio) yesterday. This gives our effort a terrific boost to have a presidential candidate as a co-sponsor.

 

To provide balance and continue the spirit of bi-partisan support for the Delta Queen – a National Historic Landmark – we now need to urge Presidential candidate and Arizona Senator John McCain to also join S. 3498 as a co-sponsor. 

 

John McCain

John McCain

As a presidential candidate, John McCain needs to hear from everyone to urge his support. Call his campaign at:
202-224-2235
Or fax him a letter at 202-228-2862.

Call now!

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OTHER POSTINGS WILL CONTINUE BELOW THIS ONE
but I’m going to leave this Big News on the top for a while to catch everyone’s attention! 

Ohio Senator George V. Voinovich

Ohio Senator George V. Voinovich

Tuesday, September 16, George V. Voinovich (R-OH), Ohio’s senior senator, introduced legislation (S. 3498) to extend the exemption of the Delta Queen.

In his press release, Senator Voinovich said:

“This legislation is a necessary step towards preserving the legacy of the Delta Queen. The Delta Queen continues to be a source of historic preservation and economic benefit to Ohio and many other states. I have many fond memories of spending time as a passenger on the Delta Queen and I am pleased to have this opportunity to help preserve its wonderful heritage for our children and grandchildren.”

BI-PARTISAN SUPPORT!

Another great detail about the bill submission is that it is receiving bi-partisan support. Co-sponsors include the following Senators:

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Evan Bayh (D-IN)
Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)
Richard Lugar (R-IN)
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Barack Obama (D-IL)
David Vitter (R-LA)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)

Now is the time to contact your Senators and encourage them to join as a co-sponsor for this legislation. If you don’t know your Senator, visit www.senate.gov. If they still need information about the Delta Queen’s safety technology and training, direct them to this link: https://deltaqueen.wordpress.com/deltaqueensafety/

Get involved. To find out how you can help CLICK HERE.

Let’s keep the momentum going!

Delta Queen supporter Barack Obama

Delta Queen supporter Barack Obama

Obama sponsors S. 3498! Contact McCain!

Presidential candidate and Illinois Senator Barack Obama has signed on as a sponsor of the Senate bill (S. 3498) submitted by George Voinovich (R-Ohio) yesterday. This gives our effort a terrific boost to have a presidential candidate as a co-sponsor.

To provide balance and continue the spirit of bi-partisan support for the Delta Queen – a National Historic Landmark – we now need to urge Presidential candidate and Arizona Senator John McCain to also join S. 3498 as a co-sponsor.  

 

John McCain

John McCain

As a presidential candidate, John McCain needs to hear from everyone to urge his support. Call his campaign at:
202-224-2235
Or fax him a letter at 202-228-2862.

Call now!

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Point Pleasant, West Virginia yesterday hosted a wonderful Save the Delta Queen rally at their picturesque waterfront.

Point Pleasant, WV waterfront
Point Pleasant, WV waterfront
Members of the Point Pleasant High School drumline

Members of the Point Pleasant High School drumline

 

Music was provided by members of the Point Pleasant High School Drumline.

Louise and Tony Ellis also treated the crowd to some terrific old river songs. I understand Tony has a terrific collection of CDs available through his website at www.tonyellisbanjo.com. Here’s a snippet from their performance:

There were many kind words about the Delta Queen and testimonials about the economic impact the boat makes on the region. Charles Humphries of Main Street Point Pleasant helped organize and host the event. Guest speakers included Michelle Craig from the Region 2 Planning and Development Council; Bob Hood, the Executive Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Gallia County, Ohio; and Robert Dafford, the artist who has created the floodwall murals for Point Pleasant (and so many other river towns). Each spoke eloquently and passionately about the importance of preserving the Delta Queen.

I also was invited to speak and did my best to remind the crowd of the historical and economic significance of this American treasure. As I regularly do here, I urged the crowd to get involved and contact their Congressional representatives in the House and Senate.

We had a crowd of about 100 in attendance and regional print and broadcast media covered the event. It was a tremendous success.

Here’s a steam whistle salute to Point Pleasant for all their terrific support! CLICK HERE for a whistle salute.

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Yes, it is true that passengers and crew make an impact on the local economy by purchasing tours of the area and patronizing locals shops, cafes, pubs, etc. At our Delta Queen rally yesterday hosted by Point Pleasant, West Virginia, several local leaders gave speeches on the importance of the Delta Queen to the local economy.

USA Today, Nov. 1, 2007 
Delta Queen might just keep rolling along
By Gene Sloan

More than 100 cities and towns, mostly in Middle America, already have passed resolutions calling on Congress to extend the boat’s long-standing exemption to a 1966 U.S. Coast Guard fire safety rule.  

And the support just keeps rolling in…

Here’s some evidence – a picture of a few of the crew of the Delta Queen enjoying coffee (and wireless internet – ahh, the outside world!) in Marietta, Ohio on Sunday.

DQ crew boosting the Marietta, Ohio economy

DQ crew boosting the Marietta, Ohio economy

What a terrific day! Not only did we enjoy a wonderful Save the Delta Queen rally hosted by Point Pleasant, West Virginia (a full report on this will be tomorrow’s post), but we learned confirmation of a big step forward in securing the Delta Queen’s exemption.
 

Ohio Senator George V. Voinovich

Ohio Senator George V. Voinovich

Today, George V. Voinovich (R-OH), Ohio’s senior senator, introduced legislation to extend the exemption of the Delta Queen.

In his press release, Senator Voinovich said:
“This legislation is a necessary step towards preserving the legacy of the Delta Queen. The Delta Queen continues to be a source of historic preservation and economic benefit to Ohio and many other states. I have many fond memories of spending time as a passenger on the Delta Queen and I am pleased to have this opportunity to help preserve its wonderful heritage for our children and grandchildren.”

Another great detail about the bill submission is that it is receiving bi-partisan support. Co-sponsors include Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Thad Cochran (R-MS) and David Vitter (R-LA).

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Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning

Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning

On the same morning Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning sent his representative John Salyers to attend the Save The Delta Queen Rally in Maysville, Kentucky, the Senator also gave a teleconference interview and made these disappointing remarks about the proposed legislation to continue to allow the Delta Queen to operate:

From the Associated Press:
“They ought to clean up their act before they come and ask for the exemption,” Bunning, R-Ky., told reporters during a conference call Tuesday morning. “I sure don’t want to have the Delta Queen come and burn down and kill however many people…I’m not going to vote for an exemption unless the Delta Queen is fire-worthy,” Bunning said. “What happens if it burns? Who is responsible for that?”

What disappoints me is that Sen. Bunning clearly has no accurate information about the Delta Queen’s safety and yet that did not stop him from making these remarks.

I hope to share with Sen. Bunning more information about the extensive equipment, staff, training, and drills that compose a safety plan on the Delta Queen that has resulted in more than 80 years without a loss of life or significant incident. In 1979, the Secret Service deemed the vessel safe enough for President Jimmy Carter to spend a week aboard with his family.

Vicki Webster (working tirelessly for the volunteer Save the Delta Queen effort) spoke with his press secretary, Mike Reynard, and has forwarded info about the Delta Queen’s safety program. She also invited Sen. Bunning to tour the boat any time that he could.

Just to follow up on this, if you are a Kentucky resident, I encourage you to share your support of the Delta Queen with Senator Bunning:

PHONE: 202-224-4343
FAX: 202-228-1373
MAIL: Senator Jim Bunning
   316 Hart Senate Office Building
   Washington, DC 20510
EMAIL: You also can email him your feelings through his website at this address: CLICK HERE.
Please forward him the following link to information about the Delta Queen’s safety program:
https://deltaqueen.wordpress.com/deltaqueensafety/

Let’s make sure he has all the information to enable them to make an educated decision to Save the Delta Queen.

There is a wonderful editorial about Senator Bunnings lack of support on the Evansville Courier & Press website. It’s a great read. To enjoy it, CLICK HERE.

This situation with Sen. Bunning is a great example of why we all need to make certain that our own representatives are aware of the Delta Queen issue so they are prepared when a reporter questions them AND prepared when the issue comes to a vote!

CLICK HERE to see how you can help.

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