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The weak arguments for skimping on behind-the-wheel training

The weak arguments for skimping on behind-the-wheel training

It’s sadly ironic that the agency charged with improving trucking safety would rely on lame excuses to shrug its shoulders at a simple, common-sense way to shore up safety.

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The pemmican prophecy

The pemmican prophecy

In which Wendy tries out a recipe for the super-food of the native Americans: "I took a big, healthy, life sustaining bite of pemmican, and immediately discovered that I'm not ready for the apocalypse." ...

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Out now: ‘The Bison & the Butterfly’ — rollicking sequel to former owner-operator Fred Afflerbach’s ‘Roll On’ novel

A road novel of the classic sort, the new book builds on the foundations laid by its predecessor -- Afflerbach's empathic, often hilarious, moving depiction of two generations of men coming back together through lived experience after separation and loss is a master turn in the literary arts.

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Ode to those who make us laugh

Ode to those who make us laugh

"Here's to the people who make us laugh when we'd rather cry, especially my sweet husband. Make someone laugh today -- you never know who feels like the cat's been sucking on their hair, and you may just keep a trucker from crying."

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A night in jail on account of an unloaded pistol in the truck

A night in jail on account of an unloaded pistol in the truck

Fred Afflerbach recalls the state of Massachusetts' treatment of carrying out-of-state firearms round about 1980 -- and more voices on issues of parking and personal protection on the road.

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Can’t sneak away from trucking

Can't sneak away from trucking

In which Wendy steals off at 4 a.m. from her daughter's hospital bedside for an illicit smoke in an underground parking garage, only to find out "you can't do anything without a trucker. Not even sneak off to smoke a cigarette."

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As tax time looms, owner-operators shouldn’t overlook these deductions

As tax time looms, owner-operators shouldn't overlook these deductions

Here are five of the most common deductions for owner-operators, says trucker tax expert Dennis Bridges, an Atlanta-area CPA who works with about 1,000 owner-operators. Savings for these add up to $3,000 for those in the 15 percent tax bracket -- and more for those in the 25 percent bracket.

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Livestock haulers’ efforts to secure hours changes in light of ELD mandate, stalled

Livestock haulers' efforts to secure hours changes in light of ELD mandate, stalled

"We're 100 percent dependent on road transportation of our cattle. Take that away from us and we're back to cattle drives." --Tim O'Byrne of the American Cattle Transporters Advisory Group, a coalition hoping to liberalize split-berth/14-hour regs for livestock haulers in light of ELD mandate.

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When you really, really, really love truckin’

When you really, really, really love truckin'

Meet Susanne Taylor and her son, Josh, whose "love for big trucks is unparalleled. Their field trips to the travel plaza are specifically for Josh to be among the “big boys,” and see as many trucks as he can see. He's amassed a group of trucking buddies who love him as much as he loves them."

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Rest-area commercialization and parking preservation: A view from the truck stops

What happened to the sales figures for a downstream business when the I-95 state-run Delaware House service plaza closed for restoration several years back. NATSO CEO Lisa Mullings illustrates some of the issues around potentially expanded commercial services at rest areas.

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