Category Archives: Current Issues and Events

Progress

COVID-19 Progress is one of the few graphs that show success as a downward trend. “Onwards and Downwards” is the mantra of success when it comes to viruses. “The earth’s the limit”, “Reach for the ground”, “Over the bottom”, are the cries of success these days.

The latest sign of success is that there has been great advancement in testing. Even our little part of the country with its 26 and holding cases is in the process of adding a second mobile testing station for drive-by evaluations. A clean Monday marked our fifth day of “no new cases”. Again success is a negative.

The tests, however, are looking for an upward trend, or a gain. The gain they are looking for is a gain in antibodies. Antibodies also known as an immunoglobulin is a large, Y-shapedprotien produced mainly by plasma cells that are used by the immune system to neutralize pathogens such as the COVID-19 virus. Apparently the antibodies exist in a healthy immune system. “Onward and downwards and upwards again” is our new battle cry.

The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

We have been hearing news from all levels of government from Washington DC to California that there is light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. Curves are flattening; deaths, thankfully, are lessening and new cases are dropping off. Finally some good news.
Does this mean its over? Not by a longshot. What it means is that every American Citizen is doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing to defeat the enemy. It means that we are winning all of the battles and are winning them handsomely. The war still looms large, and the enemy fights on, but he has seen our resolve and is beginning to back down.
In spite of everything you read, the experts are serving us well. They are planning the attacks, providing us with the necessary armament to fight, and like good soldiers we are marching forward to the end.

We at Compliance Associates Inc. want to praise everyone for a job well done and spur everyone on to continue to fight to the end. Excellent job; First Responders, Medical Workers, and most of all you CDL Drivers. No war is run without a successful supply line. Great Job Everyone, keep it up.

Supply Chain – Huh?

How often in your daily life do you think about the term Supply Chain? “Like never dude”, you might say. That would probably be the answer from 99% of the people you might ask. Then along comes a coronavirus, and the question takes on a new perspective.
If you have never thought about “the supply chain” for your groceries, drugs and sundries, it is a pretty sure bet you will think about it, and remember it before COVID-19 is conquered.
“I don’t think many Americans think about the supply chain much during ordinary times, but now that phrase — the supply chain — is being talked about everywhere. So many more people now understand that it’s due to truckers and trucking companies that food shelves in a supermarket get stocked, or that gasoline stations are able to sell gasoline.” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, said recently.
From the raw material source, to the manufacturer, to the distributor, and finally, to the retailer, each step of the way, a truck and a CDL Driver are involved.

A 62-year-old truck driver with three underlying health conditions, said he’s frightened of catching COVID-19 and only has a half can of disinfectant spray left. He doesn’t know where to go for testing if he were to develop symptoms, and he’s afraid of being caught far from his Illinois home if he gets sick. Despite that, he rebuffed the idea of using vacation time to ride out the virus storm. “If I take a couple of weeks’ vacation, you all starve,” he said. The 20-year trucking veteran had just taken sugar to Memphis, cereal to Chicago and was waiting to be loaded in Batavia, Ill., for cargo going to Hopkinsville, Ky. “I’m out here trying to keep you all fed.”

As long as our CDL Drivers have that attitude, it is a pretty sure bet that we will get through this viral threat successfully.

Heroes all around us

There are heroes all around us, and they come is all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors. It is safe to bet that 90% of them have no idea they are heroes, but that is the way of heroes.
A Hero is defined as “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities”. It is a safe bet that the amount of heroes around us, tally well into the millions, here in the United States, right now, as we read. Not so you say? Let’s just count a few million or so. How about every first responders working right this minute, and the one that is home resting and getting ready to take the next shift. That’s got to be at least 10 to 20 million or so when you count EMT’s, Doctors, Nurses, Hospital Aides and Assistants, Fire Fighters, Police, National Guard, Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Airforce and Marines.
How about the food Industry? Millions of Growers, Harvesters, Dairymen, Renachers, Packers, Marketers, Grocers, Clerks and box-out help. Bingo another 10 to 20 million at least.
How about the Manufacturers? We are out of just about everything, thanks to the hoarders, but the manufacturers are rising to the occasion. Makers of masks, disinfectants, toilet paper, soap, drugs, that often needed glass of wine at the end of the day. At least another 10 to 20 million.
How about the Transportation Industry? Shippers, Loaders, Storers, Stackers, and last, but certainly not least, you, the CDL Driver. Again another 10 to 20 million or more.

You are the heroes of the Current Coronavirus Crisis, and our hats are off to you. Thank you for your good work.