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Roses & Razzberries

By Terry Scruton
Land Line Now senior correspondent


Some ROSES go out to the New York City Police Department for thwarting a potential terrorist attack in New York City earlier this year.

According to news reports, four men plotted to set off bombs at two synagogues in the city. On May 20, the men planted homemade bombs in multiple vehicles outside the synagogues. The police used a vehicle owned by the NYPD to block the suspects’ SUV, preventing their escape.

That vehicle? An 18-wheeler. We don’t know if the driver was a member or not, but it sounds like we need to sign him up for First Observer either way.

Here are some more ROSES for Jasmine Jordan, the teenage daughter of OOIDA member Lee Jordan.

Jasmine is planning a run from California to New York in an attempt to raise money for the St. Christopher Fund. If you are not familiar with the fund, it’s set up to help truckers who are faced with overwhelming medical expenses.

Jasmine decided to do the run after her parents’ trucking company lost a driver to cancer in part because the driver didn’t have enough medical coverage to pay for the treatments she needed.

Jasmine is making the run in September and you can find out more about how you can contribute at

And even more ROSES go out to OOIDA member and country music singer Leland Martin.

Leland has created a brand-new CD called “Truckers for Troops,” and a portion of the money for each CD purchased will be donated to the OOIDA Truckers for Troops Fund.

Leland produced this CD himself and said he is only keeping enough of the money to cover those production costs. Everything else goes to the cause.

We’ve known Leland a long time, and one of the things he likes to talk about is how proud he is to be a member of OOIDA.

Leland, on behalf of OOIDA, we’re proud to have you as a member.

Linda Manley, wife of OOIDA member John Manley of Pensacola, FL, sends out some RAZZBERRIES to an insurance company she and her husband have been struggling with for the past year.

John was working for a trucking company last year, and the company offered a disability policy that was different from a standard workman’s compensation policy. At the time, they thought nothing of it. But when John needed the benefits, he and Linda found they had to fight for them to the point of getting an attorney involved.

The attorney told John and Linda that the disability coverage was among the worst she had ever seen. Linda, who has worked in the health care industry for 40 years, said she’s never seen anything like it, either.

Times are tough enough for truck drivers right now without greedy insurance companies (with apologies to Jerry Reed) promising you a gold mine and giving you the shaft.

On the flip side of that coin, Gerald Webster, Lisbon, ME, would like to send out some ROSES to Rose Rogers. Rose is the human resources manager for Hartt Transportation in Bangor, ME.

Gerald said he became medically disabled back in 2007. Since that time, Rose has gone the extra mile to help him with any problems he has had with his COBRA insurance, his prescription coverage, and a number of other areas.

Gerald said “it’s a rare thing” to find a trucking company that has an interest in drivers when those drivers have had to leave the company through no fault of their own.

We agree, Gerald, and that’s especially true in these tough economic times. Sounds like this is one company with its Hartt in the right place.

RAZZBERRIES go out to the state of Virginia for its decision to shut down 19 rest areas throughout the state.

Citing financial concerns, the Commonwealth Transportation Board voted to close the rest areas at its June meeting. The only good news to come out of the meeting was that six rest areas – including two truck-only facilities – were spared. The board also eliminated the two-hour rule, making it legal for truckers to take their 10-hour breaks at the remaining facilities.

With so few rest areas left, truck drivers are going to need every minute of those 10 hours to get plenty of sleep. It’s going to be a long drive to the next available parking spot. LL


Terry Scruton may be reached at