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Roses & Razzberries

By Terry Scruton, Land Line Now senior correspondent

ROSES to a pair of workers for the Washington State Department of Transportation who went out of their way to reunite a 6-year-old girl with her lost teddy bear. That may seem like a trivial thing, but this was no ordinary teddy bear.

The bear, whom the girl named "Daddy Bear," was a gift from her father, serving overseas in the military. The family was driving along I-90 in Washington back in October when the little girl got sick along the side of the road and the bear was left behind. She was heartbroken.

Her grandmother posted about the bear on Facebook and the Washington DOT tweeted about it, prompting the two workers – Harry Nelson and Terry Kukes – to go looking for the bear, which they thankfully found. They then drove several hours on their own time to return the bear to the little girl.

We don't know if it's dusty where you are reading this right now, but we've definitely got something in our eyes.

ROSES to the IdleAir employee who saved a trucker's life earlier this year. Amanda McGrew was outside cleaning at the IdleAir site in Jackson, GA, in October when she heard a truck driver honking his horn. When she went to investigate, the driver said he was having severe abdominal pains and had already called an ambulance.

As she was talking to him, McGrew said the driver just slumped over. She and a couple of other drivers got him into his bunk, but noticed he had stopped breathing. McGrew, who is certified in CPR and first aid, got a kit from her car and started giving him CPR. After about 10 or 15 breaths, he was breathing on his own again.

As if that wasn't enough, she stayed with the driver until the paramedics arrived, then called IdleAir's customer support number so that a representative could contact the driver's company and let them know what had happened.

Idle may be part of the company's name, but it sure isn't in the nature of its employees.

RAZZBERRIES to a video produced earlier this year by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators aimed at instructing police officers on stopping, approaching and citing commercial drivers.

The video, called "18-Wheels & BUSted," goes

beyond just advising police officers and becomes a slap in the face to truckers everywhere. It features photos and videos of crash scenes involving big trucks, set to a heavy rock soundtrack. It shows a retired Oklahoma trooper who tells the story of how he caught Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh after a routine traffic stop.

The video also uses some misleading statistics to imply that truckers are at fault in the majority of accidents involving trucks, which is just flat-out false information.

This thing seemed less like an instructional video and more like a Stephen King horror movie. Throw in Jack Nicholson, a Green Goblin truck and a killer clown and you'd have yourself a blockbuster.

ROSES to the woman who returned the wallet of OOIDA Life Member Hugh Douglas of Joplin, MO. Hugh lost his wallet in the parking lot of a Walmart in Joplin and probably figured it was gone for good.

A woman named Sue Hartley found the wallet and Hugh's OOIDA membership card inside. She called the Association and spoke with one of the receptionists here, who then called Hugh and gave him Sue's phone number so they could figure out how to get the wallet back.

Good thing you had your membership card in there, Hugh. It's like the old ad slogan says: Membership does have its privileges.

RAZZBERRIES to the Environmental Protection Agency for not only failing to include small-business truckers when developing its fuel economy standards for heavy-duty trucks, but then turning around and going before Congress and claiming it did.

That claim came from EPA assistant administrator Gina McCarthy at a House subcommittee hearing back in October, where she stopped just short of calling OOIDA Member Scott Grenerth a liar for testifying earlier in the hearing that the EPA did not include OOIDA in the rulemaking process.

McCarthy claimed that the EPA met with OOIDA "extensively" and that those meetings led to "significant changes" in the final version of the rule. Maybe the EPA really did have these "extensive" meetings, but they sure forgot to tell anybody at OOIDA about them.LL