Big-hearted truckers and idling regs:

| 3/28/2008

Land Line Magazine and “Land Line Now” staffers are on the ground at MATS. Below are excerpts from a couple of their recent entries in “The Pork Chop Diaries” blog.

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Terry Scruton, staff writer
“As I stood in the crowd and watched OOIDA member Dave Smith ham it up on the microphone, someone near the stage did something amazing. He offered money to make Chance a lifetime member of OOIDA and challenged everyone to match his donation. Next thing I knew, $20 bills were flying in from all over. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

“One thing that has amazed me about the trucking industry is the willingness of its members to help those in need. Even in this time of $4 a gallon diesel and a slumping economy, those truckers Thursday night handed over that money as if they were millionaires.”

Sandi Soendker, managing editor
“We’re all in this together. No, it’s not that song every kid in America sings from “High School Musical.” It’s the theme for a neat new Web site that is all things vehicle idle reduction. If you have a few minutes, go to and I guarantee you’ll make a return trip.”