Opinion: Dear American truckers, God bless you and keep driving
By Dr. Glenn Mollette
Grocery store shelves are not like they used to be. Before the pandemic, there was a lot of everything we usually wanted. It’s not like that today.
Car dealerships have changed. Before the pandemic, most dealerships had plenty of new and used cars for sale. We used to browse several lots as we shopped and compared models and prices. It’s not like that today.
When you needed your car repaired, parts were readily available or just an overnight order. Today, you could wait three or four months for a part.
I recently considered adding an extra heating unit to my house and was told, “Order it now, and you might have it by summer.”
A friend of mine ordered a small boat last August hoping to have it by May or June of this year, maybe.
The pandemic has changed our lives far more than sickness and death. The new normal is having to wait longer on what was so available.
If you think America’s products, food and goods are hard to come by now, then can you imagine if our American truckers all went on strike?
Canadian truckers recently blocked the flow of goods to the United States. The protest follows rallies against the COVID-19 mandates in cities across Canada. In a show of solidarity, a demonstration in Ottawa lasted more than a week by the so-called Freedom Truck Convoy. Protests have paralyzed the Canadian capital‘s business district and led the mayor to call in 2,000 additional police officers to quell nighttime protests.
Several people involved in the protest on Tuesday in Canada said the protests had gone beyond their original purpose, opposing mandates for cross-border truck drivers, and were there in opposition to all vaccination mandates, in addition to supporting truck drivers. truck, reported the Windsor Star.
“Any supply chain delay or disruption creates problems, not just for agriculture but also for the state’s economy,” said Chuck Lippstreu, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association, which represents farmers. businesses that support farmers, at the start of the shutdown.
The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association, which represents the Detroit Three automakers, called for an end to the protest, citing its effect on the country’s economy. (NNY.360.com)
If American truckers stopped driving today, groceries would dry up and moving almost anything you wanted or needed would be unavailable.
Truckers work hard. They have long hours. They sacrifice a lot by being gone for so many hours, days and weeks. They deserve what they get paid for and I’m sure in many cases they deserve more. However, to our truckers, I have this request: Please help us keep this country moving. We have enough problems in this country. A stoppage of any kind by American truckers would create serious hardship for people all across America.
We respect you. We appreciate you. We need you to move this country. Also, God bless you for what you do.
Dr. Glenn Mollette’s column is published weekly in over 600 publications in all 50 states. Contact him at [email protected] or learn more at www.glennmollette.com.