"We would like to wish our Herald-Mail customers a happy and prosperous New Year and thank them for their cards and gifts. Also, thanks for the cards and prayers for my wife while she is recovering. Thanks, from the Speakers."
"Mr. Bailey, I wonder why you said about the state property taxes in your letter to the editor. The state property tax portion of your tax bill is very modest. A big portion of it goes to the county. Why don't you ask the five county commissioners, all Republicans ... to lower the property tax rate. I am sure that they could accommodate you since property assessments have been going up ... for the past three years. The county has been receiving more revenue than they ever have. That is where the problem is. I bet you they will never do a tax decrease unless it is right before election year and then after they are re-elected they will raise it back up again. You better look at where the taxes are going."