Letters: Coe State Park Hollerin'

Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read emails from listeners about Coe State Park in California and hollerin' contests in North Carolina.

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. It's time now for your letters. First about my trip to Henry Coe State Park in Northern California. I went hiking with Dan McCranie. He's a wealthy businessman who's committed about three-quarters of a million dollars to help keep the park open after state budget cuts threatened it with closure.

DAN MCCRANIE: I'll be 69 here pretty shortly. And all of us, I think, start thinking about just what you're going to do with the excess, and I just can't think of a better thing to do than to preserve this park.

SIEGEL: Jim Davis of Lititz, Pennsylvania, is grateful for McCranie's efforts. He writes: I hope that my heartfelt thanks and appreciation reach Mr. McCranie. I may never visit Henry Coe, but his actions to save the park are appreciated nonetheless.

BLOCK: And Kathleen Callahan of Hebron, Connecticut, writes that she was reminded of large donations people give to superPACs. She writes: Whether it's a Democratic or Republican donation for a superPAC, one can just be saddened by how many years this particular park could exist from donations such as those. That legacy would mean so much more to so many people than the ridiculous money wasted to smear a candidate.

SIEGEL: Now, some hollering.

(SOUNDBITE OF HOLLERING)

SIEGEL: We reported this week on the 44th Annual National Hollering Championship in Spivey's Corner, North Carolina. And, Melissa, we all know you're a huge hollering fan.

BLOCK: It's true. I am.

SIEGEL: Here's some more.

(SOUNDBITE OF HOLLERING)

BLOCK: How great is that? Well, Don Garland Jr. of Baton Rouge said our story took him back to his own hollering days growing up in northern Louisiana. He writes: The hollers were not as elaborate as those on the show, never more than four syllables and usually one or two, but they carried long distances telling us who was in the woods, where and if they needed us to come to them. Today, I work in a chemical plant in Baton Rouge where I occasionally still use my old holler.

We all wear hearing protection due to the noise of compressors, pumps and blowers. If I need to get the attention of someone a couple of hundred yards away, a loud, high-pitched holler will cut through the din and make heads snap my way.

SIEGEL: Well, if you have something to say to us, take your pick, either holler as loud as you can and hope that we hear you or go to npr.org and click on Contact Us.

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