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I don’t like Bill 50 either, but John stole my idea

One would assume that writing a column only once a month would make it very simple to come up with different topics.After all, there is an infinite amount of information bombarding us at all times - t...


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One would assume that writing a column only once a month would make it very simple to come up with different topics.

After all, there is an infinite amount of information bombarding us at all times – there are also an infinite number of interesting people met daily, let alone monthly.

Surely these alone would provide plenty of fodder for my monthly musings. Although, often I find topic choice quite a problem.

This is usually due to the fact that I leave everything to the last minute and then find myself without enough research material on hand or more than likely, stuck with whatever subject is on my mind at that moment.

This month was actually ahead of the game, when I read in the newspaper that the Ontario government was discussing tabling a Bill to keep big rigs out of the passing lanes on our four lane highways, I knew I had the perfect topic. I was looking forward to this column; what could be easier or more fun than tackling a short-sighted, poorly thought out (if thought out at all, for that matter) bone-headed policy such as this.

Alas, this column was not meant to be, by the time I announced my intentions, John Curran informed me that he had already written on the subject. This procrastination stuff can really be a pain.

Another topic I did want to discuss at some point, and one that is very near and dear to me is one of aging parents. My father is 87 years old with the health problems that go with being that age. My mother and mother-in-law are both 80 and their health is also becoming an issue. Just this past weekend we buried our wonderful aunt, Joyce Cooper.

I watched with great difficulty as her children, our cousins, dealt with all of the trials and pain that go with this process.

Karen and I talked at length of the changes and the many difficulties associated with them. In order to write on this subject and do it justice I need more research. So let me finish by asking you to write or email Truck News with your experiences concerning your aging parents. It is something we all must deal with both as individuals and as a society. I would very much like your input.

How do you balance your family needs with all the pressing realities of making your way in this world? n


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