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Roses & Razzberries

Lifetime OOIDA member Michael Goldstein of Los Angeles offers a truckload of ROSES to an unknown driver who helped him out of a jam awhile back.

Michael was hauling 9,000 gallons of gasoline when his truck broke down. Unable to leave the truck while waiting for help, he spoke with a driver over the CB and mentioned that he hadn’t eaten in several hours.

The driver went to a nearby fast food restaurant and bought a meal for Michael. Then he unhooked his trailer, took his tractor to the service road near the interstate where Michael was stopped, and took him the food.

Michael said he didn’t get the man’s name or his company, but his actions made Michael realize why he got into the trucking profession to begin with. Michael said he wishes everyone could learn from this man’s example.

We agree, Michael, and here’s hoping it starts right here.

A federally mandated RAZZBERRY goes to the U.S. Justice Department for recently announcing that the federal government will begin collecting DNA samples from every person arrested by a federal law enforcement agency.

That’s right. Every person arrested. Not every person convicted of a crime. Not even every person charged with a crime. Every person arrested.

This is a pretty big step up from the former policy of collecting DNA samples only from those who are convicted of felonies.

Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? It’s as if no one at the federal level ever heard that phrase before. The next announcement will probably be that they’re going to arrest everyone in the country, you know, just to be on the safe side.

Wait, was that someone knocking at the door?

Connie Pinson, wife of OOIDA member Jimmy Pinson, would like to send the biggest bunch of ROSES available to country singer and fellow OOIDA member Leland Martin.

Jimmy’s birthday was coming up, and he was feeling a little down thanks to stress on the road and a deal with a so-called friend that went bad.

Connie was looking for something special to do for Jimmy and e-mailed Leland to see if he was going to be in their area so she could take Jimmy to a show. She explained a little about their situation in her e-mail.

Leland wasn’t going to be in the area, but he did ask for the Pinsons’ mailing address. A few days later, Jimmy received a package containing an autographed “Stone Cold Fingers” truck, CDs, a DVD and an autographed picture.

We’ve known Leland for a while and can’t say that we’re surprised by this. He’s just an all around good guy.

ROSES to truck driver Damon Gordon, who saved not only the life of a fellow trucker, but possibly the lives of those on the road around him near Modesto, CA.

Gordon happened to be driving right behind a rig driven by Kim Kit Murti, when Murti blacked out at the wheel.

Gordon followed the out-of-control truck until it slowed to about 10 miles per hour, then parked his own truck about 50 yards ahead of it. He got out, chased the truck on foot and jumped on board. After smashing a window to get inside, Gordon pulled the air brake and brought the truck to a stop just as it lightly touched his own.

Amazingly, no one – including the driver of the runaway truck – was hurt in the incident. Somebody call Goodyear; we may have another Highway Hero contender here.

A RAZZBERRY goes to the Arizona Department of Transportation for not only approving of, but willingly participating in an April Fools’ Day prank that nobody

laughed at.

Some folks at a local talk radio station thought it would be funny to put the word out that Arizona had passed emergency legislation requiring that tolls be collected on the state’s freeways to pay for a billion-dollar budget shortfall.

Not only was the story fake, but Victor Mendez, director of the Arizona DOT, signed off on the DOT’s involvement himself.

This was even after some high-ranking officials in the governor’s office said they didn’t approve of the stunt. Mendez has since apologized to the governor’s office, but as of press time no other actions had been taken.

It’s good to know that in these times of record fuel prices officials think it’s funny to joke about taking more money away from taxpayers. Are you laughing yet? LL

Terry Scruton may be reached at