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Roses & Razzberries

OOIDA member Clarence Sechler of Smyrna, TN, sends ROSES to the truckers who stopped to help at a wreck in July near Somerset, PA. A pickup truck flipped over on a rain-soaked highway, seriously injuring both the driver and passenger. By the time it was all over, Clarence said there were six truckers who had stopped at the scene to help. “If more drivers would do something like this, things would be just beautiful out here on (the) road,” Clarence said. We’d like to offer an additional ROSE to Clarence himself – an auxiliary police officer – for being the second trucker to stop at the scene.

Ed Pates, an OOIDA member from Salina, KS, offers a RAZZBERRY to whoever decided that every westbound lane through St. Louis would be under construction at the same time. Pates said he traveled through the area in August and it didn’t seem to matter which way he went, orange barrels were everywhere. Speaking from the other side of Missouri, we here at Land Line Magazine can verify that things aren’t much better in the Kansas City area. We understand that road repairs are necessary, but maybe the Missouri Department of Transportation should concentrate on finishing at least one job before it starts on others.

OOIDA member James Lynn of Liberty, KY, offers a pair of ROSES to the two truckers who came to his house when he was injured and spent their weekend repairing his trailer without asking for a dime. Though he didn’t give their names, James said “without them I would probably lose everything I’ve got.” Well, we’re glad they are out there, James, and hopefully they’ll read this and know that you are, too.

A black and white and read-all-over RAZZBERRY goes to The News Journal, a newspaper in Wilmington, DE, for its recent editorial about state highways and how best to pay for repairs. The paper completely dismissed the idea of making everybody who uses the roads pay for them (i.e. using tax money), and instead suggested that “the best bet is to make truckers pay.” Making truckers – or even trucking companies – pay even more money than they already do means we all pay for more expensive goods in the long run. And that’s one bet everybody loses.

An oily RAZZBERRY goes to the oil traders of the world. It seems these days it doesn’t take more than the mere mention of a possible supply disruption – or supply surplus, or an oil company exec sneezing – before oil prices go flying through the roof. We have some words of advice for those jittery jokers: There are many decaffeinated brands of coffee on the market that are just as tasty as the real thing.

A bone-shaped ROSE goes to Purina Foods for the June 2006 story in their “Rally to Rescue” publication that featured two truckers who volunteer for organizations that help transfer rescued pets to their adoptive homes. These drivers use their own trucks and their own time to move the animals from place to place. While we’ve always known it, it’s nice to see others recognize that the trucking industry hasn’t gone to the dogs.

A billboard-sized RAZZBERRY goes to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who used taxpayer money to put signs along the Illinois Tollway that read, “Open Road Tolling. Rod R. Blagojevich, Governor.” Some accused the governor of using the signs – which just happened to appear during an election year – as taxpayer-funded campaign signs. The tollway called the signs part of its “branding strategy.” We don’t think bragging about toll roads is much of a brand strategy, and reminding the taxpayers that you’re taking more of their money isn’t much of an election strategy, either.

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

Do you know someone who deserves a ROSE or a RAZZBERRY?
Send suggestions to Land Line, Roses/Razzberries Department, 1 NW OOIDA Drive, Grain Valley, MO, 64029. Or, you can fax it to (816) 443-2227. Be sure to include your name, address and a number where you can be reached.

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