We understand the need for creating jobs. Especially in neighborhoods and within demographic groups where unemployment remains stubbornly high.
But the proposal from state Rep. Camille Lilly, our own state rep, to bring back jobs pumping gas by changing state law to mandate it, is simply ridiculous. That horse-drawn carriage has left the livery stable and taken all the blacksmith jobs with it. Pumping gas was last a job when it was paired with being a car mechanic making a real living.
While we are skeptical of many job training programs subsidized by government, we have to aim considerably higher than gas jockey if we are going to elevate communities. Higher than toll booth operator. Higher than Door Dash delivery driver.
A new day is coming and pumping gas will not fuel it.