Joe Rajkovacz – former owner-operator, current OOIDA board member and full-time regulatory affairs specialist for the Association – can now add newspaper columnist to his growing list of achievements.
Rajkovacz was chosen out of more than 300 applicants as one of only 10 people who will appear in the 2007 version of The Kansas City Star’s “Midwest Voices” series. The special series of guest editorials is intended to “represent a diverse set of views and backgrounds,” according to The Star.
His application submission, “A child’s passage into adulthood,” which tells the story of his son’s decision to join the military, was published to kick off the series on The Star’s opinion page on Sunday, Jan. 14.
Rajkovacz’s son, John, is a fuel specialist in the U.S. Air Force and is stationed in England. Rajkovacz said his application submission was the only one selected to run as it was submitted – the other nine columnists must each write five new columns in 2007, while he only has four more to write.
A former produce hauler with more than 20 years of experience, his writing talents have also been featured on the opinion pages in Land Line Magazine, where he recently commented on the recent E. coli outbreak that left truckers “holding the bag,” and on OOIDA’s lumping lawsuit against SuperValu.
Rajkovacz is also a frequent guest on “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio.
To read Rajkovacz’s first column in The Star, visit http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/opinion/16455386.htm.
– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer