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Roses & Razzberries

A rank RAZZBERRY goes out to South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who was caught speeding by the state Highway Patrol twice in two months - once at more than 100 mph - and was not ticketed in either case.

Come to think of it, a RAZZBERRY to the Highway Patrol while we're at it.

Though Bauer insists he did not ask for special treatment, the Charleston Post and Courier newspaper reported video evidence shows that both times he made it clear that he was the state's No. 2 ranking official. 

To his credit, Bauer took to walking to work in early April as a sort of apology for his actions. 

Let's just hope No. 2 doesn't step in any along the way - he's in deep enough as it is.

A remanufactured ROSE goes out to Detroit Diesel and Barloworld Truck Center of Springdale, AR. 

When OOIDA member Darlene Swift, Taylor Ridge, IL, appeared on Country Music Television's "Trick My Truck" program in February, her Freightliner Classic XL, "Free Spirit," received only a cosmetic makeover - as is the show's general policy.

However, when Detroit Diesel officials found out that her truck's engine had almost a million miles on it, the company donated a remanufactured Series 60 engine from its subsidiary, Detroit Diesel Manufacturing Corp.

Barloworld was good enough to install the engine. In these days of one corporate greed story after another, it's nice to see a big company like Detroit step up and show its generosity.

Land Line reader Gena Musselman sends a large case of RAZZBERRIES out to Dr. Phil, the TV shrink. On a recent episode of his show, the good doctor referred to a father who liked to use the "F" word as frequently as a "trashy truck driver." 

While we agree the use of that word in front of children is not acceptable, stereotyping an entire profession is not acceptable, either. Maybe Dr. Phil should listen to someone else's advice for a change and watch his own language. 

ROSE to the city of Fayetteville, NC, for putting a moratorium on enforcement of a law that prohibits trucks and other commercial vehicles from parking in residential neighborhoods. 

An additional ROSE to City Councilmembers Curtis Worthy and Paul Williams, who lobbied to have the law struck down altogether, according to the Fayetteville Observer-Times.

"Let's get real," Worthy said. "These people are trying to make a living." 

There's one councilman who's worthy of our gratitude.

We don't ordinarily like to go after men of the cloth, but we just have to give a big, fat RAZZBERRY to Pastor Tom Dicus of the Second Baptist Church of Clarksville, AR.

The pastor was in the news recently working to get an adult-oriented business along Interstate 40 near his town shut down. Nothing wrong with that. But it's the tactics he's using we have a problem with.

Resorting to the same tired, old stereotypes, the pastor told a local television station that truckers could stop at the store "and get their stuff, get excited, and take a kid from a nearby motel, get on the freeway and they are gone." 

With talk like that, the pastor himself may want to get on the highway and be gone. 

OOIDA member Keith Becker sends out a ROSE to Trooper Taylor from the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Though he didn't catch the trooper's first name, Keith said Taylor really helped him out of a tight spot.

Keith's load shifted after he slammed on his brakes to avoid a wreck on Interstate 24 near Chattanooga, TN. He reported the incident to the Highway Patrol and asked for a trooper to bring around the portable scales to check his load. 

After Trooper Taylor checked the load, he got on his cell phone and began calling places he knew had truck docks so Keith could get his trailer reloaded. 

Taylor ended up taking him to Yates Wrecker Service in downtown Chattanooga where they unloaded and reloaded free of charge. As if that weren't enough, Taylor later returned with the scales and double-checked the load before Keith hit the road again.

After all of their scandals of late, it's good to hear some positive news about the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

By Senior Writer Terry Scruton. He may be reached at terry_scruton@landlinemag.com.

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