Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Bonus Blog for February 11, 2004

Here is the letter Congressman Ed Pastor sent to the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee:

Dear Committee Members:

The purpose of this letter is to express my heartiest support for the selection of Vera McGinnis, inductee to both the Cowgirl Hall of Fame and the Rodeo Hall of Fame, to be honored by the issuance of a commemorative stamp.

Enclosed is a copy of an article that appeared in TRUE WEST MAGAZINE that outlines Vera’s colorful accomplishments. When you review this piece, you will readily see that she truly represents the vibrant and gutsy spirit of America that drove pioneers to settle the west and tame a savage land.

During these days of international unrest and uncertainty, I can think of no better vision for Americans to focus on then this bold woman or a better time in our history to remember than our frontier days. Vera McGinnis bucked the narrow stereotype for women of her era and followed her dreams, creating a successful career that inspired joy and admiration from hundreds of thousands of persons worldwide. A stamp featuring her life would be a proud symbol to remind today’s citizens of the history of America’s characteristic resolve to dig in, work hard, and make aspirations a reality.

In closing, I predict that there are few images more appealing or romantic than an American cowgirl. Such a stamp would be eagerly sought by today’s consumers and hold a spot of value for stamp collectors. Therefore, in keeping with all relevant guidelines, I urge you to approve a Vera McGinnis stamp in the near future.

Ed Pastor
Member of Congress

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