On Jan. 25, 1993, just days after Bill Clinton took office, the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the U.S. was $1.05.

On Jan. 21, 2002, nine years later and one year into the Bush presidency, it was $1.08/gallon.

On Jan. 14, 2008, seven years into the Bush foreign policy doctrine, it was $3.04/gallon.

Three months later on April 7, 2008, gas hit $3.30/gallon.

Projections for this summer are over $4/gallon.

What can we do about the problem? We could vote for four more years of a Republican party full of excuses for why they have not been able to accomplish anything, whether it’s winning a war, paying for the war, bringing gas and energy prices down, working with Congress, lowering the cost of health care for everyone, strengthening Social Security, improving our image in the world, killing or capturing Osama bin Laden, etc. ... or, we can demand a change at the ballot box!

Brett Phippen

Ottumwa

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