President Obama has a lot to say on the importance of education in keeping our nation competitive and strong. I agree. But as a mother of two who must drive more than 100 miles a trip to pursue my college degree, I wish the president had more to say on keeping gas affordable.
It’s difficult enough to stay afloat financially today, but if the cost of gas rises to the levels of last summer, I may have to interrupt my studies and put on hold hopes of leveraging my degree to get a better job. For me and for others who must drive extensively for school or business, it’ll be hard to get ahead if fuel prices rise again.
Affordable gas is not simply a convenience issue. For many of us who are struggling to build a better future in tough times, it’s become a survival issue.