Dear Editor:\r\nThe State of West Virginia needs tourism, which requires publicity and publicity is expensive. The State\u2019s tourism promotion budget of $7 million is low compared to that of neighboring states. For example, the State of Michigan, which is also promoting tourism to offset losses in the automobile business, has a budget of $30 million. In fact, Michigan is so serious about tourism that a policeman can be fired for sassing a tourist! These days there is fierce competition for tourist dollars, as tourism returns $3 to $7 for each dollar spent in promotion - an investment well worth the money. If West Virginia cannot attract a sufficient number of tourists to make up for current economic losses, is there a clear alternative?\r\nMy vote is for increased tourism, and my plan is to help develop a particular category of the industry - film-induced tourism - through my book, Mary Jane\u2019s War, a fictionalized account of a real-life local heroine from the Civil War era of Southern West Virginia, where I was born and raised. Along with a professional team of non-paid volunteers, including famed television and movie star, Stuart Margolin, and director, Christopher Martini, I plan to create a docudrama to tell the Mary Jane\u2019s story and show the rich history, culture and natural beauty of our State, increase attention through various media channels and ultimately attract more tourists, and therefore, more much needed dollars to Southern West Virginia. History has shown that the public will travel to see and spend time in places where their favorite shows are filmed. And where tourists spend time, they also spend money. Sometimes a great deal of money. Why not in West Virginia as well?\r\nAs with every worthwhile endeavor, we can\u2019t succeed without the support of people like you. Please join our team and help create a brighter future for our great State. Donate now via www.maryjaneswarfilm.org or send a check to 7450 Adams Park Court, Annandale, VA 22003. A donation in any amount would be greatly appreciated.\r\nIf you have any questions, please don\u2019t hesitate to contact me at 703-304-6100, or via email@example.com.\r\nSincerely,\r\nJoe B. Roles, President\r\nMary Jane\u2019s War Film Inc.