Trudi’s Corner: New Thoughts On An Old Issue

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By Trudi Cunningham

Sometimes I have to go back to previous issues to verify what I had written about. There are times when it is necessary when something comes up that it will seem that I need to remind myself to make an issue of it. I am absolutely up the wall with the gas and oil situation, as I am sure, so is everyone else.

Last month, I wrote about U.S. independence, because crude oil, natural gas and vehicle efficiency were reported being up so many percentages. Now, we are in a worse situation and prices are expected to go up to the roof. How does one figure that? There should be a definite boost and increase in the oil supply.

How many got the A.A.R.P. newspaper a couple of weeks ago? I’m referring to the article “Boomtown, U.S.” telling about the oil find in Williston, N.D. and the thousands of job seekers making their way there since 2008. It relates of various fields of work and people going there from different states to seek employment. It tells you the rate of pay in construction involved for housing, hospital and schools, all very necessary.

As my son would say, “You can’t beat that with a stick” and also with the many men and women over 50 getting to go there. It’s not easy work for many, but for many who have gone this way, it seems they’re more than happy about what’s being offered. As one person stated, he’s making $42 an hour with great medical and retirement benefits, despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 13 years ago.

You also have the other side of the coin, expressed by some “old timers” of the area, that in some instances is not a happy one, but then again, “such is life,” wouldn’t you say?

I just remember one particular thing I need to make mention of, the total idiots who cross in between cars putting themselves at risk, and the drivers of those cars. I don’t care where you came from, but the saying here is as follows, “Cross on the green, not in between” because it’s something I’ve seen too many times, especially at business intersections.


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