I am sitting in my comfortable house thinking about how lucky I am to be living in a county where all the officials care so much for my well-being. With the stroke of a computer, I am told by them that my house is worth much more than similar houses in my neighborhood that have sold recently.

How do I know this? Our new assessor, the county commissioners, the president of the Greater Pocatello Association of Realtors, and other disinterested parties; have all agreed that my property is worth 35 percent more than it was last week. I feel sorry for my poor neighbors who sold their houses for the reduced amount. They should have waited a few months until the new assessed values and could have sold their houses for much higher prices.

Oh — lucky, lucky, me. I will proudly write a check for my increased property tax. And I will not forget this during the next election when these people, who have only my interest at heart, are running for re-election.

Paul Naas