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Todd Dills

This look scary to you?

| March 05, 2009

Trucker Jeff Clark sent in a note to Overdrive and Truckers News‘ offices objecting to what he called National Public Radio’s Here amp; Now program host Robin Young’s “>unabashed usage of the term scary trucks“> in a segment Wednesday discussing expansion of rail infrastructure capacity. Young was interviewing Philip Longman, senior fellow of the New America Foundation, who repeatedly profferred in positively glowing terms the possibility of removing 85 percent of heavy trucks from the nation’s highways. Says Clark, “Never did the host disagree with the guest. I do not have a problem with promoting rail usage. I have a problem taking my tax money to subsidize my competition.” Clark fired off a letter to Here amp; Now, and as of right now, he says, it looks like Young has been back in touch with Clark and, with any luck, may feature him in a follow-up in the coming days. Keep an eye on it at the Here amp; Now site.

Listen to the Wednesday Here amp; Now segment here.


  • Todd Dills

    Jeff Clark was on the Here amp; Now show today, in a follow-up piece Young did on the trucking side of rail promotion and other issues. To give it a listen, visit strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.


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