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In their words

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

“I don’t like the idea of getting 2 or 3 million people angry at me.”

– Texas libertarian and former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, explaining that he refused the McCain campaign’s request for his endorsement because it would have damaged his credibility.

“She’s basically suing herelf.”

– Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman, claiming state Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, had voted for a two-thirds rule in the Senate even though she went to court to challenge an Eyman-backed initiative that requires a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to raise taxes.

“What happened then, happened then.”

– Nevada Judge Jackie Glass, warning prospective jurors in O.J. Simpson’s kidnapping and robbery trial that Simpson’s acquittal in a 1995 case on murder charges has no bearing on the current case in Las Vegas.

“I’m not going to sit in silence and wait until someone is dead.”

– Dog-bite victim Nancy Sonduck, who has asked the Spokane City Council to ban new pit bulls in the city and require those already here to be spayed or neutered.

“I don’t think either candidate is treating the deficit, or the debt, seriously. And I don’t see any proposals from either one that would make the situation any better.”

– Executive director Robert Bixby of the Concord Coalition, following reports that the federal budget deficit for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 will be $407 billion.

“We were walking around with the medal indicating we were the 1966 NCAA champions. He was walking around with another brand on him for allowing these players to play.”

– Former collegiate basketball player Nevil Shed, commenting on the death of his coach, Don Haskins, who received thousands of hate letters after using an all-black starting lineup in Texas Western College’s national championship victory against all-white University of Kentucky.

“It may not be until between 1 to 2 in the morning before we get out of there, but that’s OK. I’d rather do that than spend the night.”

– Washington State University football coach Paul Wulff, talking about the team’s travel plans leaving Waco, Texas, on Friday night following its game against Baylor University, which had been moved up a day because Hurricane Ike was expected to hit the Texas Gulf Coast on Saturday.

“Getting the highest of the high-risk drivers away from the wheel probably isn’t a bad idea.”

– Dr. Barbara Gaines, trauma director at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, speaking in favor of raising the age for obtaining a driver’s license.


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