Com­mis­sioner’s Cor­ner: A Life­line for the Life­line

Cherokee County Herald - - VIEWPOINTS - By Chris “Chip” Beeker

are fol­low­ing those rates by con­duct­ing au­dits. If an au­dit re­veals that a com­pany has charged a cus­tomer too much money, the PSC will or­der them to re­fund it. Not only does the PSC reg­u­late truck­ing com­pa­nies, we also su­per­vise taxis and com­pa­nies who drive pa­tients to a non-emer­gency med­i­cal ap­point­ment. The PSC doesn’t reg­u­late all taxi com­pa­nies, just the ones that move peo­ple from one city to an­other. For ex­am­ple, if a taxi com­pany drives peo­ple only in the city of Mont­gomery, the PSC does not over­see it. If, how­ever, a taxi com­pany drives peo­ple from Mont­gomery to Birm­ing­ham, the PSC would over­see it. The med­i­cal trans­port com­pa­nies we over­see take peo­ple to their doc­tors. Many may not be aware of this ser­vice but it is a won­der­ful as­set for those who do not have the abil­ity to drive them­selves and don’t have friends or fam­ily mem­bers who can drive them to their doc­tors’ of­fices. Thank­fully, there are com­pa­nies who are there to help them make their ap­point­ments.

Some­times a trans­porta­tion com­pany will chal­lenge an­other com­pany’s right to op­er­ate in a cer­tain area. When that hap­pens, our le­gal di­vi­sion con­ducts a hear­ing that is a lot like a trial. An Ad­min­is­tra­tive Law Judge or hear­ing of­fi­cer will pre­side over the hear­ing, wit­nesses will tes­tify un­der oath, and ev­i­dence is pre­sented. Staff who work on trans­porta­tion is­sues usu­ally at­tend these hear­ings. Af­ter the hear­ing, the judge or of­fi­cer will de­cide whether to rec­om­mend that the com­pany be al­lowed to op­er­ate. I, and my fel­low com­mis­sion­ers, will then vote on whether to ac­cept that rec­om­men­da­tion.

I rec­og­nize that “the white line is the life­line to the na­tion” and more im­por­tantly, to our great state of Alabama. I am proud of what the PSC does for the trans­porta­tion in­dus­try in Alabama and to serve with those who also rec­og­nize the im­por­tance of the trans­porta­tion in­dus­try within our state. Be­cause I rec­og­nize how im­por­tant the trans­porta­tion sec­tor is to Alabama, I will con­tinue to work on be­half of those who move goods and peo­ple across our roads.

The opin­ions con­tained in this ar­ti­cle are those of Alabama Public Ser­vice Com­mis­sioner Chris “Chip” Beeker Jr. and are not nec­es­sar­ily the opin­ions of any other per­son as­so­ci­ated with the Alabama Public Ser­vice Com­mis­sion. From “Six Lit­tle Sto­ries” sup­plied by a lo­cal reader. Dear Ed­i­tor: The Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Fund, which built the Viet­nam Wall in 1982, seeks to honor all Viet­nam vet­er­ans and help heal the na­tion’s wounds from the Viet­nam War. As they con­tinue their mis­sion, they are seek­ing to con­nect a face with ev­ery name on the Wall through both their in­ter­ac­tive dig­i­tal Wall of Faces as well as in the fu­ture Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter.

In an ef­fort to help ful­fill this mis­sion, his­tory stu­dents at Auburn High School are seek­ing com­mu­nity sup­port in pro­vid­ing pho­tographs to honor the mem­ory of the fallen sol­diers from Alabama. As of July 2017, two of Chero­kee County’s three ca­su­al­ties in the Viet­nam War still do not have pho­tographs rep­re­sent­ing them on the Wall of Faces (323 of the 1210 ca­su­al­ties from Alabama lack im­ages).

Your help in find­ing pho­tos of the fol­low­ing Chero­kee County fallen he­roes would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated: Lewis Ed­ward Cantrell of Cen­tre, who fell on April 29th, 1967, and Jim­mie Ladon Cham­blee of Cen­tre, who fell on June 22, 1970.

For those with in­for­ma­tion or pho­tos of these he­roes, please con­tact Blake Bus­bin, Auburn High School his­tory teacher, at wb­bus­bin@auburn­schools.org. Fam­i­lies and friends can also sub­mit pho­tos to the Wall of Faces site, by go­ing to www.vvmf.org and click­ing the Wall of Faces link. Blake Bus­bin 2340 Annandale Lane Auburn, AL. 36830

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