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It’s all nice to be glad at the current price of gasoline. It’s currently hovering around $2 a gallon.

When I had to drive from Fayetteville to Sandy Springs or when I had drive from Fayetteville to Zebulon to maintain funds coming in to support my two children, I would have been pleased with it too.

However, I have a grandson who graduated this past May from the Colorado School of Mines with an Engineering Degree in Petroleum.

When I learned what he was studying two years ago, I told him he would have a job the rest of his life.

His class would spend several weeks each summer in Texas as a part of classwork, and one year he sent a photo of the class taken from there, standing in front of one of those huge oil tanks..

I was quite pleased to see that half of the class were females.

That was two years ago and times have changed. He graduated almost six months ago and no one in that field is hiring at this time.

Hundreds of employees across the United States are losing their jobs due to present conditions and new graduates are unable to find a job, including my grandson and those females.

The college sets up interviews with prospective employers, but these folks all say the same thing, “We don’t have anything right now, but we’ll call you when we do.”

Fortunately, he’s in a family that can give him room and board until that day comes.

When that day does come, the application will not contain the types of questions mine did back in the mid 1950s.

I had to declare what percentage of my income I would be putting in savings each month and here’s the shocker, I had to say which church I attended. If I was married, did I have any children? If I answered there were no children, I was asked how soon we were planning on having one. Being a female and having children and applying for a job was almost a no-no.

I am confused at the recent spate of TV commercials showing couples in their 60s and 70s discussing life insurance. One person always says “it’s just been too expensive before but I’ll look into it now.”

The older one is, the more expensive, I imagine, life insurance gets.

My dad always had life insurance and so have I. Even when I was only making $10,000 a year with twochildren to look after, I had $10,000 worth of life insurance, and I still do.

As a current life insurance company states, “it’s what you do.”