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In their words

A selection of quotations from people in recent news stories, big and small

“It was a disappointment to all the community members that were served by the pool.”

Spokane County Park Ranger Bryant Robinson on the closing of Holmberg pool two weeks early after teen lifeguards threw a beer party in the pool house.

“How do you deal with naysayers? Just treat them with love. I tried everything else.”

– King Cole, president of Expo ‘74 reflecting back on the challenge to bring a World’s Fair to Spokane.

“They’ve understood that a little alcohol is OK, but a lot is not good.”

– Curtis Ellison, medical school professor and co-author of a study on older drinkers.

“I’m certain that our ads didn’t have a bunch of Indians wearing feathered headdresses, dancing around with tomahawks. … That would have been racist.”

Erin Shannon, spokeswoman for Building Industry Association of Washington, defending its TV ads accusing Gov. Chris Gregoire of preferential treatment of tribes in gambling negotiations.

“I don’t want to have to worry at night that somebody caught a rash on their tuchis.”

Touchless toilet seat cover designer Alan Brill, explaining why he uses only American-made materials.

“This video has a potential of victimizing people, and anybody who’s sensitive, I’m concerned about that.”

– Joseph Duncan , acting as his own attorney, on why he was challenging the placement of a potential juror who said he would have difficulty watching graphic video of Duncan abusing a 9-year-old boy.

“I’m overwhelmed and happy the community values the pow wow that much.”

Spokane Falls Northwest Indian Encampment and Pow Wow organizer Sharon Ortiz, on the city of Spokane’s $10,000 grant to keep the event afloat this year.

“I don’t think we were elected to be afraid. We were elected to make decisions.”

Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan, calling for a new plan to pay for a new police evidence room, a shooting range and an animal shelter after the council voted against Mayor Mary Verner’s tax request.

“(It’s) kind of like an alcoholic owning a bar.”

Soulful Soups owner Makayla Hamilton , who lost 200 pounds in recent years, on her decision to sell the restaurant.


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