MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2008

In their words

“Decisions are made by people who show up, and a lot of people don’t know to show up.”

– Fire District 8 Commissioner Jonathan Ferraiuolo, encouraging property owners in fire districts to speak up about pending legislation that would make it easier for cities to annex adjoining areas, potentially eroding district tax bases.

“Whether the Pentagon agrees with it or not, this is all about a job issue, especially for Washington state.”

– Executive Director Linda Lanham of the Aerospace Futures Alliance of Washington, testifying in Olympia in support of House Joint Memorial 4034, which would ask President Bush and Congress to halt the Air Force’s decision to give Northrop-Grumman and European partner EADS the contract that Boeing was expected to get to build new aerial refueling tankers.

“There aren’t many individual contracts that really move the needle for prime defense contractors, but this is one exception.”

– Financial analyst George D. Shapiro of Citigroup, conceding that Boeing’s unexpected loss of the Pentagon’s $35 billion contract could harm the defense contractor in the stock market.

“At the very least, Idaho lawmakers should make low-income households eligible for the same credit that all other Idahoans – including millionaires – receive.”

Nick Johnson, co-author of a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, questioning a plan in the Idaho Legislature to tie sales tax relief to income taxes, which the neediest residents don’t pay.

“Hey, we know who you are. But there are other people who have gone through the process, and get in line.”

– Washington state Sen. Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, providing his translation of what the state Supreme Court was saying to Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, when they refused to expedite their handling of her suit to overturn Initiatives 601 and 960.

“Good question. I probably didn’t have all the facts.”

– Washington state Rep. Don Barlow, D-Spokane, after voting for a unanimously approved bill that could stall efforts to reduce the phosphates that go into the Spokane River in the form of dishwashing detergent.

“I don’t think I’ve really grokked it yet.”

Mike Mearls, lead developer of the next edition of the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons, reacting to the death of D&D creator E. Gary Gyrax with a term gamers might use to mean understanding something so thoroughly that you become one with it.

“I got milk, water, Gatorade and everything else thrown on me, and I was the chief of police.”

– Miami-Dade County (Fla.) Schools Police Chief Gerald Darling, describing his experiences during a student disturbance that led to 27 arrests, followed by public protests over authorities’ handling of the situation in the Little Haiti district of Miami.

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