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Mon., Sept. 8, 2008

In their words

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

“Not many people are saying, ‘Hey, I need a home that’s 20,000 square feet.’ Oh, by the way, it has a bowling alley and a ballroom.”

– Spokane Indians and Spokane Chiefs owner Bobby Brett, conceding that the Sumner Avenue mansion he has put on the market for $3.25 million may not sell right away.

“People just don’t pay attention.”

– Building manager Gordon Hester, after a delivery truck knocked a chunk out of the skywalk across North Howard in downtown Spokane despite the presence of a height sign and flashing light installed to alert drivers to the potential for an accident.

“It’s not written in stone, but it’s not written in jelly.”

– Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, whose agency budget includes funding for a merit-pay plan for public school teachers that the Legislature had rejected.

“I’m surprised by the clumsiness. I’m a law professor, not a public relations expert, but this hardly looks like the kind of introduction of policy that was thought through very thoroughly.”

– Chairman Michael Masinter of Florida’s ACLU, saying the Ladies Professional Golf Association is on dubious legal ground if it follows through on plans to require members to pass English proficiency exams.

“It’s only a $1.5 billion regional problem.”

– Coeur d’Alene wastewater utility superintendent Sid Fredrickson, after the federal Environmental Protection Agency announced that efforts to reduce phosphorus in the Spokane River need to start calculating discharges taking place in Coeur d’Alene and other locations on the Idaho side of the state line.

“Are they ever gonna come out with something that’ll make our computers moist and chewy, like cake, so we can just eat ’em while we’re working?”

– Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, in a dialogue with Microsoft founder Bill Gates, from a new television ad campaign intended to build public favor for the Windows Vista operating system, which has been losing ground to rival Apple.

“I just think this is pretty pathetic. The president of WSU should contact this guy and put a stop to it.”

– Washington state Sen. Margarita Prentice, D-Renton, speaking of efforts among some Washington State University alumni to oppose a $150 million funding plan the Legislature is likely to take up in January for improvements to the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium.

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