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Roses & Razzberries

Lawrence Brock, an OOIDA member from Houston, sends out a ROSE to Kevin Wilson, senior editor of AutoWeek magazine. Wilson wrote a column urging drivers to slow down and use caution around trucks.
“You can only control your own car,” he wrote. “If you do so, though, you’ll find that a trucker who can see you is usually out of your way more quickly than one who has to quadruple-check his right mirror before moving over.”
Brock said he’d like to see this published in the curriculum of every driver’s ed class in America. Why stop there? Let’s mount it on the inside of every four-wheeler in America, somewhere where the driver can see it. Maybe then the point will get across.

A double batch of RAZZBERRIES goes to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, which recently ran not one, but two stories about runaway trucks on the same page.
The problem? Both trucks were pickups, though you’d never know it from the headlines.
In one story, it isn’t until the fourth paragraph that the reader is informed that the “truck driver” involved in a deadly crash was driving a pickup, not a semi.
Here’s a helpful tip for the folks down in Arkansas: Next time you’re confused about the difference between a semi and a pickup, give us a call. We’ll draw you a picture.

Land Line reader Don Sullivan of Hattiesburg, MS, sends out a radio RAZZBERRY to Kevin Meeks and Matt Kennedy – hosts of a morning talk program on 1150 WJBO-AM in Baton Rouge, LA.
Sullivan was listening to the show when one of the hosts mentioned something about a sex toy and the other one asked what he was talking about. The first one said: “You know, the kind that truckers use.”
Sullivan called the station to demand an apology, and the host told him on the air that he would discuss it off the air, then hung up on him. When Sullivan called back later, the host hung up on him again.
We’re the last ones who want to stand in the way of anyone’s right to free speech, but if you say something that someone finds offensive, you should at least be willing to talk about it.

Mike Lesch, a retired trucker from Chisholm, MN, offers a bunch of ROSES to the “behind-the-scenes support people” who help keep trucks on the road – everyone from truck stop cashiers, waiters and mechanics to dispatchers who get you home when you need to be.
And shippers and receivers who treat you with respect and courtesy. And let’s not forget those rest stop attendants who took time to smile and tell you to have a good run.
Mike also sends out a thank you to the spouses “who support us when we’re gone for long periods, taking care of the family, business and life without us.” We agree with Mike and offer a whole-hearted salute to those who make life on the road a bit better.

A truckload of RAZZBERRIES goes out to those truckers who insist on chucking bottles of bodily fluids out their windows and leaving them along the road.
At least once a year, another wave of stories about “trucker bombs” makes its way through the mainstream media and, frankly, we’re tired of reading about it. We get plenty of calls about how the mainstream media is unfair to truckers, and most of the time it’s true.
But here’s a thought to those unthinking Neanderthals out there who can’t seem to grasp the concept of a restroom: If you stop leaving bottles beside the road, it will give the media one less negative stereotype about truckers. In other words, put those bombs away and the enemy will have no ammunition.

“Roses and Razzberries” is written by Terry Scruton, “Land Line Now” senior correspondent. He may be reached at terry_scruton@landlinemag.com.