June 2011 Letters

Thanks from the troops
I want to thank you very much for your package sent to our troops. The troopers were excited to get amenities not readily available here. Our hearts felt like exploding with love and appreciation for your thoughtfulness.

Please read this letter at your next Association meeting to let the members know that we are proud to serve for you and the USA. We do this without hesitation. Please forgive us for not letting you know when the end of our tour is up because of security purposes.

Carmen M. Denno 
NMCB 26 DET Bravo Unit 93/CO3

Editor’s note: At the 2011 Spring Board meeting, OOIDA President and CEO Jim Johnston read your letter to the board. Thanks for writing, Carmen.

BATSA ?
Business Activity Tax Simplification Act? WOW! Does that mean I may not have to pay property taxes to Kansas and Arkansas on my truck purchased in Texas, licensed in Texas, owned by a Texas corporation simply because it DRIVES through these silly states anymore? I’ve been hoping OOIDA would get around to tackling this issue sooner or later, and I never DREAMED our elected officials would finally do their jobs! Maybe there’s still hope …

Kenneth L. Simmons
Crosby, TX

Editor’s note:  Don’t miss Senior Editor Jami Jones’ report on BATSA on Page 85.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Thanks to Dr. John for the attention given to the problems associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the March/April issue. PTSD has recently become a major priority for the armed services and Veterans Administration. This is, in part, due to the current return of service personnel from the hostilities in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The nearest VA facility is a good place to start for help with the debilitating symptoms of this very common ailment. Any veterans’ service organization (VFW, American Legion, AMVETS, DAV, VVA, etc.) can also put one in touch with people who can provide the knowledge and understanding needed to deal with this condition.

One good source is the “Veterans and Families’ Guide To Recovering from PTSD” available from purpleheart.org. In the back of this book are four pages of contacts, which cover most any area or problem. Many cities have Veteran Service Groups, listed in the phone directory, where one can talk with other veterans who know “where you’re coming from.” Two other sources are: 800-273-8255 (suicide prevention hotline) and depressionisreal.org.

There are a lot of us out there on the road that I have personally talked with and recognized the symptoms. You do not have to deal with this alone. Make the call.

Bill Boyd
Mount Pleasant, SC

We need a highway bill and need it now
This year it seems that we have thrown everything at redoing the funding of the Highway Trust Fund except the kitchen sink. I think it is time to slow down and take a good look at what Congress is intending to do. We all know that there are too many holes in how funding has been done over the years, along with funds being siphoned off for every project except funding highway projects and without thinking about repaying the funds that were taken out in the first place.

The fact that everyone wants to cut spending is good, but it needs to be done with some sort of understanding of the existing problems and by moving forward with sound cuts that don’t hurt the states when it comes to funding their highway projects. In the last 43 years of driving over our highway system, I have seen things go from bad to worse, and we need help right now. I hope Congress acts sooner rather than later because we cannot afford to wait much longer for the needed repairs that will keep our highway system open for business.

Mike McRae
Elkins, WV

If the boss is happy, everyone is happy
Joe Blocker is a Land Line reader from Live Oak, FL. Recently he won the BlueParrott headset featured in LL’s Product Showcase. In a letter to LL, he said he was pleased with the prize and so was his boss, the one and only Crystal Gayle. Joe is her tour bus driver.

Joe said, “It’s come in very handy, especially driving that bus, because Miss Crystal gets quite nervous if anyone holds the phone while cruising down the highway.”