Saturday, August 14, 2010

Help save our heritage, The end of the USS Olympia

I don't know if this is going to go anywhere, but I'd like to make an appeal for help. We are about to lose a precious commodity, a piece of American history, if someone doesn't step up and do something. The life and death of the oldest steel warship still afloat, anywhere in the world is at stake.

Where are this country's millionaires and billionaires? Can't they step up to the plate and save this historic, sole surviving ship of the Spanish-American War? How about George Soros? He claims to love his adopted country. Can't he donate a teeny tiny portion of the money he floods into political campaigns, to help save this historic landmark? Or Bill Gates. What about him? Or how about the millions of quick made millionaires, those people who won lotteries all over the country. Can't they band together and keep this ship afloat?

We have until November 22, 2010, well, more likely until November 21, 2010. There has to be something that can be done. The Independence Seaport Museum has estimated they need about $30 million to keep it going for a time. Naturally, they'll need more later on, but I think if we found the donors, $30 million would save it from being turned into a coral reef.

Are we going to stand by, and let another piece of US history sink into the sea? When you compare the cost to so many other things, for some of the people in this country, helping to raise $30 million is just a drop in the bucket. If you want to help, try contacting Mr. Soros, and/or Mr. Gates. Bring this crisis to their attention. If you know any lottery millionaires, contact them. I don't expect them to come up with the entire amount as individuals, but if just 30 donated a million each, we'd have the money needed to save the Olympia.

If 60 donated $500,000.00 each, we'd have the money. If one thousand millionaires (those who actually have more than a million dollars, not the gov't standard of someone who makes $250,000 a year) donated $30,000.00, we'd have the money to save the ship.

Would we let this happen to the USS Constitution? How can we let this happen to the USS Olympia?

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