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Roses & Razzberries

OOIDA member Scott Phillips sends a bunch of ROSES to fellow OOIDA member Greg Meyer.

Scott had been out of work for three and a half months and couldn’t afford to pay his membership dues. That’s when Greg Meyer – a man Scott said he doesn’t even know – donated money so Scott could continue his membership with the Association.

Scott was overjoyed at being able to stay a member and said he is indebted to Greg. What’s more, Scott said as soon as he is able he’ll pass on his good fortune by helping others the way Greg did.

So in donating funds to help someone stay with OOIDA, Greg Meyer may have helped more people than he realized. And for that, Greg, we’re all indebted to you.

A ROSE goes to Lt. Mark Peterson, a spokesman for the Minnesota State Highway Patrol.

Following a fatal accident involving two trucks and a passenger car on Interstate 35 in Minneapolis in October 2007, Peterson appeared on local news programs, telling news crews that the trucks were in no way at fault for the accident. In fact, he said, the passenger car clipped one of the trucks, causing the truck driver to lose control.

Going one step further, Peterson told KARE-TV, a local NBC affiliate, that most accidents between cars and big rigs are not usually the fault of the rig and that truck drivers are historically good drivers.

The Highway Patrol went even further than that, releasing a series of safety tips to the public for driving around heavy trucks.

Finally, someone gets it right. Maybe we should have Lt. Peterson call up some other mainstream media outlets and help them see the light.

OOIDA member Timothy Quimby would like to send some sincere ROSES to the Delaware authorities who not only use the proper terminology on their signs that restrict the use of engine/exhaust braking devices, but also allow a provision for their emergency use.

We couldn’t agree more. Too many times we see cities and towns passing ordinances banning the use of these brakes without taking emergency situations into consideration.

And while we’re at it, Timothy also suggested some rotten RAZZBERRIES to those “middle-aged adolescent drivers with their big, fat, shiny, un-muffled straight pipes and their indiscriminate use of their engine/exhaust braking devices, that necessitate such legislative bans in the first place.”

Well said, Timothy. If it weren’t for these hot shots who think they are starring in their own version of “Smokey and the Bandit,” most cities wouldn’t even have to consider a ban on engine brakes.

We know it’s February when people have stopped thinking about Santa and start thinking roses. We just couldn’t resist this one that happens to combine them both.

OOIDA member Glonda Wood sends out a batch of belated Yuletide ROSES to truck drivers Randy Howard and Larry Strange. Randy’s been involved with Camp Quality – a special camp for children with cancer – for more than six years.

In 2007, Randy asked Larry, whom he works with at CCS Transportation Inc., in Conway, AR, to play Santa for the kids at the camp. Larry, himself an OOIDA member, was only too happy to oblige.

Even though it was his first time working with Camp Quality, Larry had such a good time that, when he was asked, he agreed to do it again next year.

Although Christmas is long gone, it’s nice to see that its spirit lives on in these big-hearted truckers.

OOIDA member Richard Schenk sends out some runaway RAZZBERRIES to the Subway chain of sandwich shops.

Richard said he saw a commercial in which the chain used the image of a careening, out-of-control 18-wheeler to describe one of its sandwiches. Not content to take this lying down, Richard sent an e-mail to Subway and, lo and behold, got a response from Jared himself.

Okay, so it wasn’t Jared, but someone at Subway did respond, and defended the commercial by saying that it had been shown in front of a test audience, who thought it was very funny.

Who was in this test audience? Joan Claybrook from Public Citizen? Some ambulance-chasing lawyer?

We’ve got news for you, Subway; some test audience probably thought the TV show based on the Geico caveman ads was funny, too. LL

Terry Scruton may be reached at