Roses & Razzberries – May 2019

May 2019

Terry Scruton


RAZZBERRIES to the Citizen’s Voice, a paper out of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., for calling out OOIDA’s lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Turnpike in a recent edition of its own “Cheers and Jeers” column.

They jeered the lawsuit, calling out OOIDA by name, saying that it will “imperil improvements that would expand access to more efficient and environmentally friendly mass transit.”

The lawsuit, which OOIDA plans to pursue in an appeal, claims that the tolls are excessive and unconstitutional and that toll road money should be used on, well, roads, not mass transit and other nonroad-related projects. Seems like common sense to us.

Perhaps a better question the Citizen’s Voice should be asking is how – when they have been collecting outrageous tolls for so long – can the Pennsylvania Turnpike still be billions of dollars in debt? Putting the blame on a recent lawsuit is a poor scapegoat for decades of mismanagement.

ROSES to everyone involved in getting Ashanti the dog reunited with her owner safely and soundly. Ashanti ran off during a routine rest break. After frantically searching for an hour and half, trucker Nick Gray of Jeddo, Mich., had to get on with his load and give up the search.

According to The Detroit News, Nick’s brother, Jason, contacted the Lawrence County Animal Helpers group on Facebook. Before long, a team of 15 rescuers came together to scour the area. They put up flyers, tracked down reported sightings, and didn’t give up until Ashanti was finally found 25 days later.

Ashanti and Nick are reunited, and it wouldn’t have happened without the help of a lot of nice folks. So thank you to everyone who stepped up.

RAZZBERRIES to the Michigan State Police for expanding their roadside drug testing program statewide. It was announced in March that a program to collect saliva samples at roadside from drivers suspected to be under the influence of drugs would expand from five counties in the pilot program to every county statewide.

Apart from the cost and extra time this thing will take at the side of the road, at least one attorney told Land Line that the science just isn’t there. THC can be detected in your system for months, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re still being affected by it.

Throw in the money spent on training officers and buying the kits, you’re looking at a costly program that is likely to yield little in the way of real results.

RAZZBERRIES to California State Sen. Nancy Skinner for introducing a bill that could do massive damage to the trucking industry in that state.

The bill calls on the California Air Resources Board to set a strategy for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in the state to bring the state in line with federal air quality standards. It also calls for a 40 percent reduction of motor vehicle greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and an

80 percent reduction by 2050.

Nowhere in the bill does it mention the cost to the trucking industry and whether or not such drastic reductions are even possible in that time. Nor does it address where, exactly, Ms. Skinner thinks Californians will get everything they buy at stores and everything they have at their homes if all of the trucks are gone from the state.

We’re all for clean air, but we’re also for a more realistic, less drastic approach to getting there.

ROSES for everyone who helped save the life of a truck driver recently in Ottawa, Kan.

According to the Ottawa Police Department, it happened at the Love’s Truck Stop when a truck driver from California had trouble with his PICC line and was suffering from severe, life-threatening bleeding. He made it inside the Love’s store before collapsing on the floor. That’s when fellow truck driver Robert Thurlow and a Love’s employee named Nicole came to the rescue.

Nicole had studied to be a medical assistant, and Thurlow was a former Boy Scout. The pair made a tourniquet from a tarp strap and a T-shirt on the store shelves. Thurlow applied the tourniquet while Nicole got out the first-aid kit. They managed to slow the bleeding until first-responders got to the scene. The man was taken to a nearby hospital where he was stabilized.

A lot of people might have panicked, but Robert and Nicole kept their heads and, because of that, the truck driver kept his life. LL

Terry Scruton

Terry Scruton brought nine years of journalism experience when he joined Land Line Magazine in 2005, and that experience continues to serve him on the radio show. Terry’s must-read “Roses & Razzberries” is also a popular feature with Land Line Now listeners.