Big rig walkoff slated for Tuesday

Full story: WBIR Knoxville

Two decades on the road and shelling out ever-increasing amounts of hard-earned dollars for diesel has become too much for Roland Carson.
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Just a matter of time

Atlanta, GA

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Mar 31, 2008
 
It's just a matter of time before the house of cards completely collapses. If you can't see the writing on the wall, you aren't paying close enough attention. Better get out of debt now or you are going to lose everything very soon.
East Tennessee Lady

Morristown, TN

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Mar 31, 2008
 
I agree with the truckers park them. Our government could do something about the gas prices but they won't. Back in 1969 my dad had a station in jefferson city, tn. Gas was 17 cents a gallon. Look at the prices now. these oil companies are making a killing off us. back then dad only made 2 cents off of full serve gas. Back then if it wasn't for the wrecker and his mechanic he would have not made it either. It is time americans rebel about all of this crap that goes on.
Truckers Supporter

Goodlettsville, TN

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#3
Apr 1, 2008
 
I fully agree with the strike, I just wish all of the drivers would park so it would have a larger impact.Most people do not realize we have to have these drivers,can you see an airplane or a train in Walmarts parking lot? We people as a whole should support these truckers by boycotting the larger gas companies.maybe evn the tanker drivers should park. Something has to give.
Lady Trucker

Morristown, TN

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Apr 1, 2008
 
I was a Trucker for several years, I think everyone should support them ,most people don,t have a clue to where we would be without truckers
Holy Man Lester

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#5
Apr 1, 2008
 
I am a Holy man.I pray for profitfitable trucking.Let it be written. Let it be done.
I believe

Atlanta, GA

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Apr 1, 2008
 
I believe that the truckers should all rally together and add the fuel surcharge. It seems that this tiny strike will only hurt their bottom line even more. I understand that "if you own it, a truck brought it to you", but gas companies are only going along with what Opec decides a barrel of oil should be. I say it's time to go after the environmentalist and start drilling in Alaska and off the coast of Florida. Well they're at it build a few more refineries so when they decide to do some routine maintenance gas doesn't shoot up .50 a gallon.
rocky top

Nashville, TN

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Apr 1, 2008
 
HAD A FRIEND ONCE WHO WAS ALWAYS RUNNING OUT OF GAS AND WOULD COME BY MY HOUSE TO BORROW A GALLON WOULD SAY [DON'T KNOW HOW I RUN OUT I JUST PUT 50 CENTS WORTH IN YESTERDAY ]THIS WAS BACK IN 1956 now days you can't get the gas leaver pressed before you have 50cents in your tank GOOD LUCK TRUCKERS

Since: Mar 08

Lebanon, TN

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Apr 1, 2008
 
Yeh, its about time!

Since: Mar 08

Lebanon, TN

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Apr 1, 2008
 
George Bush and our govt are nothing but a bunch of crooks. Impeach them all. Bush said he didnt know fuel was at almost $4 a gallon. B.S. hes the biggest crook of them all.
Andy Taylor

Kingsport, TN

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Apr 1, 2008
 
"We would not participate in or condone any strike," ATA Public Affairs VP Clayton Boyce said. "It is hurting the wrong people and would not accomplish what they want to accomplish."

That pretty much sums it up. Waste of time, and you,me and all the rest of the working stiffs will suffer.
Baitman Tazewell

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Apr 1, 2008
 
oliver margetin, you should know who is the real crooks. CONGRESS Not George Bush.
small start

Morristown, TN

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#12
Apr 1, 2008
 
everything has to start somewhere. lack of supplies would hurt some, but then so does the price of gas. you have to be willing to give up something to gain something. i beleive it will be beneficial in the long run.
get real

Gallatin, TN

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Apr 1, 2008
 
rocky top wrote:
HAD A FRIEND ONCE WHO WAS ALWAYS RUNNING OUT OF GAS AND WOULD COME BY MY HOUSE TO BORROW A GALLON WOULD SAY [DON'T KNOW HOW I RUN OUT I JUST PUT 50 CENTS WORTH IN YESTERDAY ]THIS WAS BACK IN 1956 now days you can't get the gas leaver pressed before you have 50cents in your tank GOOD LUCK TRUCKERS
Yeah, and bread was a twenty cents a loaf.
Melinda

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Apr 1, 2008
 
My husband is a truck driver. He drives for a company so he is unable to participate in the walkoff. I just wanted to let all the people at WBIR know that the air time that you all are giving to this much un-noticed problem is greatly appreciated. Ed Rupp made comment about talking to a driver who had just filled up for $1000.00. That fuel will only get him roughly 1200-1500 miles depending on the load. My husbands truck only averages 4 miles to the gallon. Many people don't know that the big truck's milage is not that of a pickup truck. Ed also made comment to doing a story on drivers and actually seeing how much of their money goes out in fuel. I think that is a wonderful news story because this pinch the drivers are in trickles down to us the consumers.
Sherry

Jamestown, TN

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Apr 1, 2008
 
SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE!!!! I don't guess that the strike is going to hurt the "big" companies since they are going to participate it in, but as ALWAYS it will hurt the "little" man.

I am afriad that the "big" companies are going to wish that they would have been with all of the truckers that does strike, because "us" little people have had ENOUGH and I am so afraid of that is going to have over the next few days all over the US.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL OF OUR TRUCKERS AND THAT THIS STRIKE WILL ACTUALLY HELP THEM.
james

Smyrna, TN

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Apr 1, 2008
 
"As prices continue to rise, workers' wages need to increase as well"

Tell me something I don't know. No one said life is fair and just. As the Eagles sang, "Get over it". I feel for their plight, but a strike isn't the way to hit oil companies; it only hurts the poor, working stiffs. Even if everyone stopped buying middle east oil /gas, and bought from BP or Conoco whom don't use mid-east gas, it still wouldn't fix a thing. Our Government needs to get off it's own gass, tap our own resources, and switch to alternative fuels the major oil and auto-makers have been buying thepattants of for decades, so as to keep their monopoly of the market.
strawberry plains

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Apr 1, 2008
 
Baitman Tazewell wrote:
oliver margetin, you should know who is the real crooks. CONGRESS Not George Bush.
Bush is just a du** a**.Look at what is happening in our country it's pathetic,but the American people have no one to blame but theirselves because we are the ones who voted him into office. I support the truck drivers across the country park them. I wished that I lived close enough to work so I could walk to work I would keep my car parked and would not buy their high priced gas.
craig

Waynesboro, TN

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Apr 1, 2008
 
This great and I think that Americans as a whole should jump on this band wagon.The oil companies are making a killing and Bush gives them hugh tax breaks every year.So why are they allowed tp do so?I think Mr.Bush and the oil companies have alot to answer on this one.Not lies but the truth.If they want to lie about it take them to court now.I wish I was at the baseball game that Bush pitched his ball I would be the loudest boo out there.
Jaded

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Apr 1, 2008
 
Melinda wrote:
My husband is a truck driver. He drives for a company so he is unable to participate in the walkoff. I just wanted to let all the people at WBIR know that the air time that you all are giving to this much un-noticed problem is greatly appreciated. Ed Rupp made comment about talking to a driver who had just filled up for $1000.00. That fuel will only get him roughly 1200-1500 miles depending on the load. My husbands truck only averages 4 miles to the gallon. Many people don't know that the big truck's milage is not that of a pickup truck. Ed also made comment to doing a story on drivers and actually seeing how much of their money goes out in fuel. I think that is a wonderful news story because this pinch the drivers are in trickles down to us the consumers.
If all of those big rigs doing 85 on the freeways would slow down, and do the speed limit, you'd see those gas MPG go up to around 7-8 miles per gallon. People are preaching all day long on how to get the gas mileage up in our 4-wheelers, but I don't see anyone trying to get the truckers to conserve. Doing 55-60 will double what you get at 85. Gettin' home to MAMA is no excuse.
craig

Waynesboro, TN

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Apr 1, 2008
 
Baitman Tazewell wrote:
oliver margetin, you should know who is the real crooks. CONGRESS Not George Bush.
You are an idiot.Bush is the real crook here.

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