Sharing the Roads
Oct 20, 2008
Thank you for mentioning the community yielding to oversize ag equipment. I feel the same way about saluting farmers as I do soldiers. I have two sons one in the Marines and the other in the Army. You are giving us all a thank you.
Karla Currins, Bluff, IL (Scott County)
***Editor's Note: Karla is responding to the following commentary from John Phipps that aired the weekend of October 18th. Here are his comments:
TODAY, JUST A COUPLE OF WORDS FOR NON-FARM RURAL DRIVERS OUT THERE WHO ARE SHARING COUNTRY ROADS WITH MASSIVE FARM EQUIPMENT RIGHT NOW. THANK YOU.
I KNOW FARM COMMUNICATORS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE STERNLY LECTURING THE PUBLIC ABOUT HOW THEY SHOULD RESPECT FARMERS TRYING TO TRANSPORT GRAIN AND MACHINERY, BUT I THINK YOU GUYS ARE DOING A GREAT JOB - AND CHEERFULLY AS WELL.
THIS WEEK ON NO FEWER THAN 5 OCCASIONS, DRIVERS WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY TO HELP ME SQUEEZE A COMBINE OR GRAIN CART OR TRUCK AROUND A CORNER, INTO A FIELD OR DOWN THE ROAD. THEY HAVE PULLED INTO NEARBY DRIVEWAYS AND BACKED UP AT INTERSECTIONS TO HELP ME TURN, AND EVEN TAKEN THE NEXT ROAD. AND SINCE IT REQUIRES ALL MY ATTENTION AND BOTH HANDS TO CONTROL THE SITUATION, I WASN'T EVEN ABLE TO WAVE - ONLY NOD AND SMILE.
ONE REASON I BELIEVE IN FARMING CLOSE TO HOME IS THIS DEPTH OF COMMUNITY. LOCAL DRIVERS KNOW MY MACHINERY AND OFTEN EVEN WHICH FIELD I'M LIKELY GOING TO. THEY ALSO KNOW AN OBLITERATED STOP SIGN OR MAILBOX IS A DEFINITE POSSIBILITY, SO THEY HAVE BEEN GOING OUT OF THEIR WAY TO HELP.
WE ARE CROWDING THE CAPACITY OF OUR SMALL ROADS TO SUPPORT MODERN AG EQUIPMENT, BUT NO AMOUNT OF TAX-FUNDED IMPROVEMENTS CAN ACCOMPLISH AS MUCH AS COOPERATION BETWEEN ALL WHO LIVE IN THE COUNTRY.