OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE KENTUCKY TRUCKING ASSOCIATION

Pub. 1 2020 Issue 4

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Chairman’s Corner

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Kentucky Trucker Pub. 1 2020 Issue 4

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We should take pride in the fact that we are the industry that keeps America moving forward. As we see winter come to an end, we should remind ourselves that we are very fortunate to be able to move forward in 2021 and leave 2020 as Hindsight.

“Hindsight is 2020” is a phrase that we usually say after we wish we had done something a different way or we learned a valuable lesson in life. We have all used that phrase without ever thinking about how true it is to us until now. I, for one, am ready to leave 2020 as Hindsight! We all just came thru the most challenging year that we would ever have predicted, and now we can finally see the end of the pandemic in sight! Unfortunately, we still must deal with Covid-19 daily, but we have spent a year figuring out how. Masks and social distancing are more of a normal now than a suggestion or mandate. Vaccines are in sight, but it is still a struggle for some of us to get ourselves, parents, grandparents, and others vaccinated. Some have lost loved ones, both family and close friends, or know of someone who has … such a sad time was 2020. I am ready to move into 2021.

Now to a positive, forward-looking perspective instead of the depressing memories of 2020. I am writing this as I sit in my office while it is 15 degrees outside, with 5 inches of snow on the ground and another storm on the way. As bad as that sounds and unpredictable as the weather is, we can deal with it easier than what we faced in 2020. Like most of you, we have trucks on the road today because customers need our trucks to deliver the goods that they require for their respective businesses. I gave some deep thought to the fact that we are truly an essential part of our economy. Please stop and think about it, or better yet, pay attention to the trucks that we have on the road today. We are not in the same category as healthcare workers, first responders, etc., those are professions that deserve more credit, thanks, and respect than they get every day, but we are essential in our own way.

As I travel the highways, I see trucks of all types making deliveries, including food, medicine (including covid-19 vaccines), general freight, fuel, building materials, etc., and of course, today, there are salt-trucks and snowplows. We should take pride in the fact that we are the industry that keeps America moving forward. As we see winter come to an end, we should remind ourselves that we are very fortunate to be able to move forward in 2021 and leave 2020 as Hindsight. I think we have all learned a valuable lesson; I know I have!

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