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How can I help saving the Delta Queen?

Jan 26, 2008

Send faxes, write letter to your Senators and Representatives

To overcome political and other bureaucratic resistance, we need tremendous public awareness of the Delta Queen’s situation. Send a fax (yes, this is the best way to come through!) or letters to your Senators and Representatives. Much better, though, get several fellow supporters together, call, and make an appointment to meet with a staff member, such as the Communications Manager or the Legislative Director. They are always happy to meet with constituents. Please, also encourage your Representatives and Senators to contact Rep. Chabot or his staff (either Todd Lindgren in the Cincinnati office or Anna Rack in Washington) for full details on the legislative effort.

District office addresses, phone and fax numbers, and staff rosters appear on each member’s web site. You’ll find your senators here: www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm and your representatives here: www.house.gov.

Ask your Senator to start a similar initiative in the Senate.

Let them know who important the Delta Queen is for you and (if you live in a river town) for your community. Let them know that despite what the Coast Guard or other politicians are telling them, the Delta Queen is as safe as can be (see below).

City Council resolutions

Encourage your city council to pass a resolution in favor of the Delta Queen. Here is a template resolution you can download (Microsoft Word format) and forward to your city council. it covers the most important arguments in favor of the Delta Queen.

Show your support in the public

Show your support by wearing Save the Delta Queen t-shirts and buttons, put a bumper sticker on your car. If you have a website, put one of the Save the Delta Queen banners on your website and write a short notice about the cauce on your site Please check our Save the Delta Queen Promotional Material page for downloadable banners and artwork as well as a shop for t-shirts, stickers, buttons etc.

Support and co-sponsor H.R. 3852 in the House of Representatives

If you’re a Representative, please contact Rep. Chabot or his staff (either Todd Lindgren in the Cincinnati office or Anna Rack in Washington). Support the bill to save the Delta Queen by co-sponsoring H.R. 3852.

Support the cause in the Senate

If you’re a Senator, please also contact Rep. Chabot or his staff (either Todd Lindgren in the Cincinnati office or Anna Rack in Washington) to get all the details and information on how support the cause in the US Senate.

Subscribe to the Save the Delta Queen Newsletter

We’ll keep you updated on the forthcomings of the Save the Delta Queen Campaign and we’ll let you know when there is something new you can do to support the Delta Queen. Please subscribe to the Save the Delta Queen Newsletter. Or course you can unsubscribe at any time.

Want to do more than the above? Please contact us!

There is a lot to do, so if you want to spend more time suporting the Delta Queen, please let us know (franz.neumeier@steamboats.org). We’re looking for people collecting signatures in their communities. We’re looking for people who might be able to contact celebreties and other VIPs who might be willing to support our cause. and of course any other idea to support the Delta Queen is very welcome.

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14 Responses to “How can I help saving the Delta Queen?”

  1. Forrest Wilkinson Says:

    Hello,

    My name is Forrest Wilkinson and I am attempting to contacting anyone living in Minnesota who cares about the plight of the Delta Queen.

    I too care, and have started a media push and petition drive (with a twist!) here in Minnesota where the fight can do the most good.

    go http://www.mn4dq.org and see.

    I am looking for like minded people here in Minnesota to put forward a cohesive effort were it might do the most good.

    We need to generate a single loud voice before the convention here in Saint Paul next September.

    We can do this.
    Will you help?
    (forward this e-note)
    Forrest C. Wilkinson
    forrest@mn4dq.org

  2. Alan Kinstler Says:

    I believe that this vessel is as great an element of our history as places like Williamsburg and other historical place firmly planted on the ground. It is a reminder of an important time pasted that helped make this nation great. We should not obsess over safety at the expense of our heritage. This boat must stay a living and working demonstration of our United States history. It should continue to provide another generation the enjoyment of riverboat history. It makes sound economic sense to provide an opportunity for this hospitality enterprise to thrive. The fact that each cruise is for the most part sold out well in advance is a testament to the nations desire to experience a life style that is long since past. Our nation will be greatly diminished with the passing of this great ship.

  3. Sherra Says:

    What next, the Alamo? We American people have go to save our past and our history. The Delta Queen is definitely a treasure. I’m really tired of bureaucratic b.s. every where you turn. Keep it simple! Take care of our past and take care for our future.

  4. Shari Says:

    As a ‘Native Kentuckian’ I can’t immagine not seeing the Delta Queen on the Ohio. She is as much an asset to Kentucky as she is to Ohio. We need her for the Derby Festival, and that is just for starters. The Queen is a vital part of our river history and should be preserved as such. She is still worthy of being on the river, hauling passengers, competing in the big race. What benifit is to be gained by losing her?

  5. Chihyi Cameron Chen Says:

    I am a high school English Teacher in Taiwan. I learned this news from the local magazine titled “Ivy”, June issue,which is now in progress of pre-publishing period. Interested in its follow-up, I browsed and surfed the web for more updates. I was lucky to know that there are two more days before the final decision of DQ is set. I sincerely wish that the fate of Delta Queen be on the bright side. Let a nation cherish its historical and cultural heritage so that there will be more to tell for the generations to come. May the Lord be with you all.

  6. Chihyi Cameron Chen Says:

    I am a high school English Teacher in Taiwan. I learned this news from the local magazine titled “Advanced”, June issue,which is now in progress of pre-publishing period. Interested in its follow-up, I browsed and surfed the web for more updates. I was lucky to know that there are two more days before the final decision of DQ is set. I sincerely wish that the fate of Delta Queen be on the bright side. Let a nation cherish its historical and cultural heritage so that there will be more to tell for the generations to come. May the Lord be with you all

  7. Chihyi Cameron Chen Says:

    I learned this news from the local magazine titled “advanced”, June issue,which is now in progress of pre-publishing period. Interested in its follow-up, I browsed and surfed the web for more updates. I was lucky to know that there are two more days before the final decision of DQ is set. I sincerely wish that the fate of Delta Queen be on the bright side. Let a nation cherish its historical and cultural heritage so that there will be more to tell for the generations to come. May the Lord be with you all

  8. Larry Shively Says:

    I am very dissapointed that the congressman that voted against the Delta Queen. I have been a union member all my life but this is the kind crap that will turn me against unions. I have been a passenger on the Delta Queen for over 20 trips and I feel that this boat is as safe as anything I have ever done in my life. I am so sure that I was planning on taking my grandchildren next and they are my whole life. I would not do anything to put them in danger. One of the Captains Paul Thoeny is a very good freind of mine and I can tell you this I have been involed in many boat drills and I have been lucky to see almost every inch of this great boat. I live in Marietta, ohio. If there is aything I can do to help please let me know. I would love to go talk to congress my total trips on all three boats is 39 I am hoping to make 100 before I die and was hoping my 100th would be on the Delta Queen. If any one has a list of names and phone numbers of the ones that voted against it please email me at shivelyl@hotmail.com I will call everyone and see if iI can change his mind. Also I wonder how many that voted no have ever been on the boat. Thank you for listning to me. Save the Queen Larry C. Shively Marietta, Ohio

  9. Mike Says:

    I live in Henderson, KY and the DQ visits here often on her river trips up and down the mighty Ohio River. I go to the riverfront everytime I know she is here and just look at her and think of all of the history that she carries with her. It would be a shame to dry dock her for the rest of her life. Please keep her afloat and keep her making her trips. We preserve old sights all of the time that is in trouble of disappearing because they are run down. Now a smart butt politian wants to make something disappear that is in wonderful shape and well preserved. SAVE THE QUEEN

  10. Mary Heet Says:

    I LIve in Hamilton, Ohio. I believe all the riverboats are part of our history. History is disappearing every day because no one cares. Please keep her going and keep our river history alive and well. Everyone near the river loves this. Don’t ruin everything for everyone. SAVE HER AND THE RIVER THAT EVERYONE CARES FOR.

  11. Neal Says:

    I just saw the Delta Queen during its stop in Cape Girardeau. I hope we can get the Senate to save the boat. This is a piece of history. I have placed the banner out on my site http://www.houseviewonline.com. I hope it helps.

  12. Bob Lewis Says:

    Having taken a short trip on this boat with my late first wife – a wonderful memory – I can certainly attest to the shear disappointment if the Delta Queen would no longer be able to serve the American public. As it is truly one of our cherished treasures, it MUST be allowed to continue to operate. The folly of our Congress in not giving it a permanent operating license – subject, of course, to ALL inspections – is another example of the lack of common sense that is so much evident these past few years. How stupid!

  13. M. McGill Says:

    Cruising on the Delta Queen is the experience of a lifetime. You really feel like you are stepping back into an important piece in the history of our great country.
    We just got back from a 7 night cruise on the Delta Queen on the Mississippi, Ohio and Cumberland Rivers. The elegance and majesty of her cutting though the river waters so quietly is something that has to be seen and experienced to be appreciated. I was very moved by how at each stop at towns along the way, the town would come out – not just to see her – but to greet us and offer help and suggestions for their town.
    Members of Congress should be made to take an overnight cruise on the Delta Queen before making their decision. Anyone who rides the rivers on her could not put this great American tradition to an end. Not only would this be a disservice to those who travel on her, but also to the life in the towns along the American Rivers.
    SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN!

  14. D. Painter Says:

    I saw the Delta Queen for the first time in Madison, In. port. And fell in love with her, and at the same time was crush to here that congress wants to take her out of service. I feal cheated that I’ve found something that can take me back in time to a less stress full time, and at the same time experience history. I’m going to try and get all me friends to push our senator to help keep this boat in service so that we may get a chance to travel back in time and enjoy a great part of our heritage at a slower pace.

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