The letters came in snowdrifts that blanketed the desks in the office of Gov. Steve Cowper, more than a thousand all together. There was the one from a man in Kansas who enclosed scraps of his Exxon credit card, cut in thin strips. There was the one from Maine declaiming oil company development. There was the one from Tennessee, a short note from a mother: “My son Kelly is a sixteen-year-old who is a victim of Down’s Syndrome. Kelly takes a great interest in the world around him, animals especially.