December 2012/January 2013 Letters

Thanks to a Christmas angel
On Dec. 16, 1987, a special young man became our Christmas angel. We are a family of five children and have lived the trucker’s life since we were young. Our father was trucking through the state of Indiana on his way home for the holidays in Iowa. Mother waited at home; the weather was bad.

Around 10 p.m. she got a call that our father was in the hospital in Terre Haute. He had suffered a heart attack. He was traveling toward Terre Haute, not feeling well. He pulled into the next rest area and got worse. A young man pulled in next to him and our father caught his attention. He called for help and stayed with our father till the ambulance came. The young driver even drove our father’s semi into Terre Haute to a dealership so they could lock it up for him. A state trooper returned the young man to his semi.

Our father ended up having to have a triple bypass. Without the help of this young man we wouldn’t have our father with us. We made several attempts to contact the company and find him and never did get to meet him. So I want him to know that to our family you will always be our Christmas angel. You saved our dad’s life and we are grateful.

Jackie Knapp
Hawkeye, IA

Supersize that Whopper? Maybe not
In case you haven’t seen this news report yet, it’s worth checking out. According to recent studies, one charbroiled burger emits more particulate matter into the air than a diesel truck traveling 143 miles on the Interstate. Where is CARB when they’re needed? Just Google “burger pollution.” It put a smile on my face to start the day.

Michael McClintock
Athens, ME

Don’t you move that truck, driver
Your article “A trucker, a logbook, a loading dock and some really bad advice” in the October issue was a great piece of journalism.

I love reading all your entries in Land Line Magazine.

I was shocked, though, when the driver Lori called the FMCSA about her predicament at the shipper (out of hours). It doesn’t surprise me at all about their order to not move that truck under any circumstance. Her first and probably last call to the FMCSA was a very educational experience. Been there, done that myself.

Richard D. Herman
Sandusky, OH

Today’s trucking is a gamble
The article in your online daily news by Charlie Morasch about the crash in Nebraska caught my attention. This is just one more tragedy that will be on the increase as more trucking companies attempt to make more profit off this industry.

More companies want their product delivered yesterday and seek any company that will meet their demands regardless of the rules or regulations. Furthermore, if you don’t handle their freight under these situations, and do it cheaply, they refuse to do business with you in the future. These companies have little, if any, regard for trucking rules because they are exempt from these rules. They only manufacture, distribute or in some other way have access to what it is that needs moving. The trucking company that takes the freight has all that responsibility. And everyone knows that if you are not moving freight you are not making money.

It’s a gamble to take to the roadways today and be on the same highways as these large trucks. When the industry was regulated – and I would question if many people know of that time firsthand outside of Jim Johnston – it was an industry that was respected.

It seemed that everyone in that industry from the highest level to the lowest was well taken care of, and the monetary gains were such that trucks could be replaced every five years. And if anyone was broken down on the side of the highway, you could always rely on a trucker to stop and offer help.

Your Association is the only hope that this industry has to salvage itself from doom. Jim Johnston has a vision that few people can comprehend or fully understand; it’s called passion and it comes from the heart.

Keep up your good work and may the good Lord protect everyone associated with OOIDA.

Michael Johnson
Riverside, CA