This has been a good year for some, I'm sure. But for many, it is a time that tries our souls.
With that in mind, I wish the very best of holiday cheer and good fortune to you all. May you learn to value all that is important. And may the future bring the best to all.
I give special thanks that our fighting men and women have made it home safe from Iraq. One major life battle ends, and a new one begins. May the battles ahead be the most rewarding of all.