November 26, 2007 in Opinion

In their words

The Spokesman-Review

“I think all the cosmic tumblers are lining up for this to finally come together and decide how we’re going to pay for this educational system in a way that makes more sense.”

Laurie Dolan, policy adviser to Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire, on the latest effort to tackle the basic education funding formula

“I have a large collection of binders and I intend to add this one to it. It’s going to be exactly the same as every other report since 1992.”

State Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, on the basic education funding study due next fall

“We decided, with the focus we had right from the beginning of getting one of the three presidential debates, that we were just not in the position to accept the vice presidential debate.”

Michael Tate, vice president of equity and diversity at Washington State University

“Spokane turned it down, great. St. Louis will take that business.”

Donna Andrews, public relations director of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission

“Like you, I am very concerned about the effects of the court’s decision on the property taxpayers across the state.”

Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire, in calling an emergency session of the state Legislature

“Whoever thought that there’d be a day when parents say ‘Don’t play with your dangerous toys; go play with your video games’?”

Gerrick Johnson, a toy industry analyst at BMO Capital Markets

“We have a choice of paying the heat bill or getting liability insurance.”

LeAnn Riley, owner of two adult family homes, on a new state rule mandating liability insurance

“You don’t speed through Colfax. We want it known that you don’t fight in Pullman.”

Pullman police Commander Chris Tenant, in advocating an ordinance that would make fighting a civil infraction subject to stiff fines

“The idea of big government controlling people’s lives, dominating the landscape quite literally by telling people what you can do with your land – those kinds of policies I just don’t think connect with people in the West.”

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, at a campaign stop in Boise

“So it’ll be five Thanksgivings, five Christmases and four birthdays spent away from home by the time I get done here. This is my family here – the Army in general – so I don’t feel like I’m away from home.”

Cpl. Brandon Henry, 23, from Winchester, Va.

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