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Roses & Razzberries

Roses to the guys at the New Mexico POE (eastbound I-40). OOIDA member Ray Shankel, Deerwood, MN, reports that he buzzed through the POE recently, took his permit out of his book and handed it over. "When he gave it back to me," says Ray, "there was a little dog biscuit with it for my little fur-shedder, Suzie the Mutt."

Razzberries to four small towns in Oklahoma on Highway 69/75 near the Texas border. Stringtown, Atoka, Tushka and Caney have set up speed traps that have really kept Barney busy, averaging 40 tickets a week. OOIDA member Fred H. Gravett of Atoka obtained reports compiled by Gov. Frank Keating's office. According to these reports, from May 28, 1996 to Oct. 7, 1998, the four towns collectively boasted 12,902 speeding tickets while the OK Highway Patrol only wrote 1,974. Roses to Fred for his watchdog efforts.

Roses to CompuNet Credit Services, Inc., who recently presented a check for $10,000 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Northern Arizona on behalf of CompuNet's customers. The donation is double the amount presented last year. The mission of the foundation is to fulfill the special wishes of children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 diagnosed with terminal or life-threatening diseases. Each year, Make-a-Wish makes a dream come true for 25 to 30 children whose wishes have included trips to amusement parks, meeting a celebrity or being a policeman for a day. The average cost for granting a wish is $4,000 and 88 percent of every donated dollar goes directly to granting a wish.

Roses to Mack Trucks for donating more than 1,500 stuffed bulldog toys to children through the Toys for Tots (U.S. Marine Corps) program this Christmas season.

Razzberries to KFI-AM 640 in Los Angeles for irresponsible broadcast journalism. In October, drivers delivering all the necessities of life to California residents listened as the morning show blasted truckers for causing accidents, emitting fumes that are killing people and more. One OOIDA member trucker taped it and played it for Land Line. Since they would not accept a phone call, we faxed the station's editorial manager requesting the sources from which the inaccurate statistics were obtained, but weren't surprised that he never answered us. LL