Trucking is a shadow of what it once was. I live in an area that has been a boomtown for warehouses for the past 10 years. The amount of damage trucks have done is unbelievable.
Many modern truckers have little/no training and have no clue what the hell they are doing. You see trucks constantly cutting corners, getting stuck awkwardly at fuel stops and parking lots, and constantly not signaling/checking blind spots. I'm amazed the can back the rig into a dock cause they sure as hell show they have no control away from the docks. :mad:
This is verging into stereotype territory here, so forgive me: Many drivers around here are of Eastern European decent. Many were quite obviously born in Europe. Let's just say that Eastern European culture does not help these guys out when they get into situations :mad:
That will combine well with the opioid epidemic.Quote:
Roughly 20 percent of Americans live in rural areas, including more than 13 million children, according to the last U.S. census. And, according to research and reporting by the Pittsburg Morning Sun and its parent company, GateHouse Media, those people have been steadily losing access to hospitals for years.
In Oklahoma, Georgia, South Carolina, and Mississippi, at least 52 percent of all rural hospitals spent more money than they made between 2011 to 2017. In Kansas, it's 64 percent, and five hospitals there shut down completely in that time. Since 2010, 106 rural hospitals have closed across the country. (Another 700 are "on shaky ground," and about 200 are "on the verge of collapse," according to Gatehouse.) Of those 106 that closed, 77 were in deep red states where local politicians refused the Obama administration's Medicaid expansion that came about as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
In short, the federal government provided funds to expand coverage for Medicaid, a program that helps pay for health care for low income patients. But the expansion was optional, and 14 Republican-controlled states rejected to take the money. The only state that bucked this trend was Utah, where rural hospitals were among the most profitable in the country thanks to a policy of shifting funds and resources from urban hospitals. Only 14 percent of rural hospitals operated at a loss and none shut down over the same time period.
Is there room for some adjustments to allow a mid-day break period to allow the same driver to drive in the AM ahead of rush hour and drive in the PM after rush hour? Sure. But I'm more nervous about that back end drive because I don't foresee every driver napping in the afternoon to allow for that delayed return trip.
Also, it continues to not surprise me how many truck drivers don't know how tall their trailer is, ignore no truck and bridge height signs, then stand around dumbstruck when the local railroad bridges act as a can opener.
It's like Bill Engvall says: "Here's your sign."
This is what I meant in the previous post where "Cultural arrogance" rears its head :mad:
Didn't matter to them.
I will say the one who almost came to blows with the foreman was Eastern European. And he only gave up when the City of Elwood cop squawked the siren a few cars back seeing we were all waving the truck driver to continue straight through.
Also, the 11'8" Bridge in North Carolina is my favorite, and I love seeing the videos from ignorant people having their vehicles destroyed because they completely ignored the low bridge warnings.
Because I donít. As such, I donít see any scenario in the next 10-20 years where a republican actually supports those things. Even a candidate that just believes in science seems like an impossibility.
*edit* When the ICE raids were starting a few weeks back, local Chicago media was publishing those ICE information flyers in Polish and asking Chicagoans to relay that information to Polish friends and neighbors, because there still is a large contingent of Polish-only speaking families and the ICE informational flyers were in English and Spanish only.
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