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Roses & Razzberries

RAZZBERRIES to oil market speculators and analysts, who seem to have a nifty little scheme going. It’s pretty simple, really. Some analyst who works for a trading company will come along and predict that the price of oil will go up. Speculators see this, rush to buy on the market and, lo and behold, the price goes up, making a tidy sum for the analyst’s employer.

Coincidence? I think not. It’s dishonest, immoral and unethical at best. And unless a congressional miracle has happened by the time you read this, it’s apparently not quite illegal. But it ought to be.

And while we’re on the subject, how about some more RAZZBERRIES to Congress for putting on the dog and pony show of pretending to do something about the problem? They hold hearing after hearing; propose laws, rules and regulations they know will never get passed; and claim that they are doing everything they can to fix the problem.

Nice try. We may be paying for $5-a-gallon diesel, but we’re just not buying it.

Land Line Magazine reader Bill Neil of Rolla, MO, sends out a bunch of ROSES to fellow truck driver Merlin Coffee of Marshfield, MO.

According to The Rolla Daily News, Merlin pulled truck driver Larry Glover of Sumter, SC, from the burning cab of his truck on May 29, following a horrible wreck on Interstate 44 near Rolla.

After getting Larry, who was on fire himself, to safety and putting out the flames, Merlin went back to the rig to check for other survivors. Then he waited until the fire department arrived before doing what any wizard would do and vanishing into the night.

We don’t know where Merlin is now, but saving a trucker from a burning wreck is one hell of a magic trick. We have to wonder what he does for an encore.

OOIDA member Mark Ford of West Plains, MO, sends out a bagful of RAZZBERRIES to a driver he saw recently in Illinois.

It seems this driver – Mark gave us the company name from the side of the truck, but we won’t print it here – pulled out of the place where she had been parked, tossed a bag that was, as Mark said, “as big as a basketball” into the ditch beside the road, and drove away.

Mark said he was disappointed in this driver, and we can’t blame him. That bag wasn’t just litter by the side of the road. It was a slap in the face to truckers everywhere who work hard every day to put forward a good image and to undo the damage caused by thoughtless drivers like this.

Truckers could do a thousand good deeds a day, but unfortunately the bad deeds are what they are remembered for.

Another Land Line reader, James Henry, would like to send out a garden full of RAZZBERRIES to the city of Vernon, CA.

It seems the city recently enacted a parking ban on all city streets for the overnight hours. James says there is virtually no place to park in the city overnight, except for one truck stop that only has 14 spaces.

You know, between stuff like this and the emissions regulations and everything they’re trying to do in California, it almost seems like they don’t want any trucks at all in the whole state.   

You throw in $5-a-gallon diesel, and it seems there’s very little reason for trucks to even bother going to the state.

Oh, except for the fact that it’s home to one of the largest shipping hubs in the world. But I guess all of that freight coming into the ports is just going to somehow magically deliver itself across the country.

It’s no wonder their governor is a movie star, because they sure aren’t living in reality.

OOIDA member Paul Sasso – better known to most as “Brooklyn” – sends out some ROSES to NBC Nightly News for a series of stories it did recently called “Running on Empty.”

The series focused on the rising cost of fuel and how it is affecting every level of American life – from the soccer moms in suburbia to the farmers in the heartland and, of course, the truckers on the highways.

Paul said the whole series was “a good, open-minded story” on the fuel cost crisis.

That’s high praise, Paul, for what we rarely seem to see these days from the mainstream media. LL


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