“The Senate has reaffirmed the principle that open government is not a Democratic issue or a Republuican issue, but rather it is an American issue and an American value.”
– U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., after the Senate voted unanimously to send President Bush a bill that substantially strengthens the public’s access to government records.
“He just thought he was being a good Samaritan and helping out these people, and actually, these were burglars.”
– Pend Oreille County sheriff’s Sgt. Alan Botzheim, explaining why a homeowner who was nearly victimized in a recent string of burglaries helped the would-be thieves get their vehicle unstuck from a muddy driveway.
“There are good people and bad people. Not everyone knows the difference between right and wrong.”
– Spokane motorist Miles Ralsey, 17, taking a philosophical view after pulling over to exchange information with other drivers involved in a four-vehicle smash, only to find that the other three, including the driver thought to have been at fault, all left the scene.
“You’re an adult. You act on your own.”
– Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan, in a spirited argument with outgoing Councilman Brad Stark over the timing of a vote to select Michael Allen as Mayor Mary Verner’s successor on the Council.
“He’s the new czar of Russia, and he’s dangerous in the sense that he doesn’t care about free speech.”
– Time managing editor Richard Stengel, noting that the magazine’s “Person of the Year,” Russian President Vladimir Putin, has made his nation a world power again by making stability a higher priority than liberty.
“… there aren’t many options as a fan for me other than to believe his career 192 wins and three Cy Youngs he won prior to 1997 were the end.”
– Major league pitcher Curt Schilling, saying that if baseball star Roger Clemens can’t clear his name following allegations of steroid use, he should not be credited with any accomplishments that came after he turned to the performance-enhancing substance.
“It was kind of like the old days, playing 1-on-1 against each other.”
– Gonzaga University basketball player Jamie Bjorkland, after she and her sister Angie, who plays for the University of Tennessee, met in a nationally televised game between their respective teams in Knoxville.
“It was a pretty sobering year – tough on walruses.”
– U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service walrus expert Joel Garlach-Miller, after thousands of Pacific walruses died in stampedes because disappearing sea ice forced overcrowding along the shore line on the Russian side of the Bering Strait.