March/April 2009 Letters

Invasion of the body snatchers 
They should just cut to the chase and line the drivers up and install a computer chip in the base of our skulls. It could be a logging device and a vital sign monitor and carry all of our personal records and medical certifications, party affiliations and voting history.

M. Scott “Stonewall” Adams
Mount Gretna, PA

Ready to be debt free 
I am set up and ready to go with Mr. Freidell and the “Debt Elimination” series (Part I in the February issue ofLand Line Magazine). Thank you very much for this, OOIDA and Land Line Magazine.

Amarjit Singh
Santa Clarita, CA

Visual pollution 
I am always overwhelmed by the massive amount of garbage along many California roads and city streets, trashy properties, and people’s general lack of pride in maintaining their properties.

So imagine my amazement when I read the Land Line article online about how a town in California is so worried about “visual pollution” that they are trying to ban truck parking in their community. I wonder if this same town has laws about having numerous non-working cars parked in yards or not repairing dwellings, or if they enforce their littering laws.

Instead of banning trucks from parking along their streets, why don’t they find an alternative place for them to go and create a little goodwill? It is hard to believe that truckers are going out of their way just to park in this community. These same truckers are also spending money in their local businesses.

Our society is on a steep slippery slope. More and more laws are being passed that discriminate against particular groups of people. Enough already!

Norma Butler
Thedford, NE

More journeys 
I enjoyed Bob Martin’s stories (“Journeys” in the February issue of Land Line Magazine). Does anyone remember taking a truck through those Arkansas mountains in the old days? Ribbon thin, hairpin turns, no place to turn around?

There were some brave and noble poultry haulers back in those days. My dad was one of them. He also had an A Model Mack and used it for delivery.

Wish I had that truck today to fiddle with, fix up maybe. Wonder what it would be worth?

Larry Smith
Springfield, MO

In the name of safety 
One of my co-workers was in a “foreign country” yesterday and was stopped at an armed roadblock. Fortunately, they spoke English – albeit with a strong accent – and removed him from his vehicle. They were armed and did not ask for permission to enter his vehicle. They ransacked his vehicle while a drug canine roamed about inside.

The storm troopers found no guns or drugs but did come across a Burger King receipt that was not logged in his logbook. The Maine state trooper gave him two tickets for falsifying his log and not restarting his logbook after unloading a half-hour ago and put him out of service for 10 hours.

The trooper said the rest area was being used for their “Rodeo Roundup” and that he had two hours to have the truck moved or it would be towed and impounded. The driver asked if he could drive to the next truck stop. The trooper replied no, that only another Des Moines company driver would be qualified to drive his truck. My co-worker asked how much it would cost to tow his truck, and he was told $500 – plus the $500 in fines.

I asked the Jamaican owner-operator if he felt he was singled out because of the color of his skin. He said no, it was the color of his plate.

Jack Sawyer
Des Moines, IA

Thanks for useful advice 
I really like the articles from Jeff Barker. I find them informative, helpful, no-nonsense and to the point. Thank you for including him in your fine magazine.

Ken McClelland
Salem, OR

Pulling over 
In response to Mr. Bob Martin’s comment “Emergencies and non-emergencies” in the December-January issue ofLand Line, there are a lot of reasons drivers stop on the side of the road. Some of those reasons could probably be taken care of if they’re on an Interstate and can find a rest area or an off-ramp.

But if a driver pulls to the side of the road to talk on the cell phone or to look at a map, I think he is being courteous to other drivers. As I’ve done for 50 years, I’ll move over if I can and call on the CB to see if things are OK.

The $10,000 fine should be on the fools driving down the highway doing these things at 65-70 miles an hour.

Russell Penton
Mesa, AZ

Faulty emissions-reduction equipment 
Before mandating emissions-reduction equipment like those that have been installed on the 2008 Hinos, do more testing and prove that they will operate. The fleet of 400 trucks we are signed on with have many Hino trucks, most of which spend a lot of downtime due to the poor performance of the emissions equipment and DPR (Hino’s clean diesel system) installed on them.

They have injector, turbo and DPR malfunctions that have taken them out of service for months each year. Now you want urea and water that freeze added to the mix?

Think about the lost wages due to the downtime: two injectors, one turbo and two malfunctions this year alone. Investigate the problems before you continue on this path.

M&J Reide
Caro, MI