Fair or Foul?

Once-congenial CB chatter, some truckers say, is being replaced by frequently abusive and profane language

Does CB radio matter anymore? Has it lost its status as the No. 1 communication tool of the trucking industry?

Some say the CB’s charm and usefulness has declined since its heyday in the 1970s, when CBs conveyed an idealized trucking image that probably never existed except in the minds of moviemakers and songwriters.

Others say CBs have been eclipsed by the Internet and cell phones, many pointing further to the more recent perception of the old tool as an X-rated plaything used by too many young and frustrated drivers who lack respect for themselves, other truckers and the industry.

This notion mirrors a common picture of our society as one where manners and politeness are missing, all of which is made worse by a rough economy.

“It went from everybody

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