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In their words

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

“Some well-meaning citizens probably don’t know to this day that they are the ones that caused this.”

– Water garden enthusiast Margie Luce, after the koi pond in the Japanese Garden at Manito Park had to be drained, thanks to a fatal virus outbreak probably introduced by a fish planted there by a visitor.

“We’re all willing to live with cougars. We just don’t want to be overrun with them.”

– Washington state Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, after the state Game Commission agreed to a 40 percent reduction in cougar hunting in order to stabilize the animal’s population.

“It was for the national interest. The child on camera should be flawless in image, internal feelings and expression.”

– Music director Chen Qigang, explaining that a 9-year-old Chinese girl was used to lip-sync a song during the $100 million opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games in Beijing because the actual singer had crooked teeth.

“This may very well become the most devastating marine invasion in history.”

– Marine ecology expert Mark Hixon, of Oregon State University, describing the effects of a saltwater tank specimen known as the red lionfish that is breeding prolifically in the Caribbean, posing a serious hazard for divers and fish.

“We want to encourage acceptance and discourage abusive behavior, and this kind of movie encourages abusive behavior.”

– Arc of Spokane spokesman Brian Holloway, whose organization has joined a protest against the motion picture “Tropic Thunder” because it contains themes and dialogue deemed degrading to people with developmental disabilities.

“I thought people would be honest enough to see me as a person who was trying to do something good and not as a celebrity. I think I gave people too much credit.”

– Dog lover Joyce Bernann McKinney, whose recent appearance in the news for having her pit bull cloned drew attention to a 31-year-old incident in which she jumped bail rather than stand trial on British charges that she abducted a Mormon missionary as her sex slave.

“I don’t want it to be done the Spokane way – ‘Here it is’ – I want it to be done the right way.”

– Peaceful Valley resident Chase Davis, commenting at a public meeting on a white-water park proposed to be developed on the Spokane River near his home.

“That’s creepy.”

Matt Birch, whose mother founded a Spokane musical preschool that murderer and child molester Joseph Duncan turns out to have stalked, apparently looking for potential victims.


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