Scot Singpiel's assertion that President Bush loves high gas prices because it makes his buddies rich (Readers' Forum, July 17) just doesn't line up with the facts. The truth is gas prices were as low as $1.03 per gallon in Utah as recently as February 2002 — more than a year after Bush first entered office. Prices have fluctuated due to a variety of factors, but I find it interesting that gas prices were a reasonable $2.25 per gallon in November 2006 (Deseret News, Nov. 16, 2006) until the liberal environmentalist Democrats took over Congress. Since that time gas prices have reached ridiculous levels as the Democrats continually insist that we shouldn't drill for more oil.

Brad Ball