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In their words

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

“It’s a huge commitment; it’s a 10-year commitment. But life’s a commitment. If we’re not committed to children, I don’t know where we’d be.”

– Board member Barb Cronin, of Reach for the Future, a nonprofit organization that has pledged to provide mentoring, tutoring and financial aid so this year’s second-grade class at Lidgerwood Elementary School can go to college.

“If they make a little more than the average, then so be it.”

– Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan, after the council approved 5 percent annual raises through 2010 for more than 1,000 members of the city’s largest union.

“It’s 3,500 locks. That’s not something we’re going to handle overnight or even in a couple months.”

– Eastern Washington University’s Steve Bertram, manager of residential life operations, explaining that for a number of reasons, including union concerns, EWU is only now changing dorm room locks although a master key has been missing since spring.

“We don’t just have a list of snake foster parents.”

– Kootenai County sheriff’s Capt. Ben Wolfinger, on the challenges posed for officials who had to decide what to do with an unclaimed 8-foot boa constrictor found in a Post Falls yard.

“It’s a rather brief bill with a lot of money.”

– Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd, D-Conn., in his initial response to the White House’s request for a $700 billion economic bailout measure.

“At the end of the day, a bad deal is a bad deal.”

– Ranking Republican Richard Shelby, of the Senate Banking Committee, assessing the bailout plan.

“The validity of the confessions, they didn’t care about. They just wanted the confessions so they could put them on TV.”

– Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, describing harsh interrogation methods he said were developed by Chinese communists for use on American prisoners that have been adopted by the CIA for questioning suspected al-Qaida terrorists.

“That’s to show that they could strike in the heart of Islamabad. It was a symbolic target.”

– Pakistan expert Stephen Cohen, of the Brookings Institution, after a truck bombing killed dozens and injured hundreds at the five-star Marriott Hotel.

“We were respectful, but not in awe.”

– Oregon State University football coach Mike Riley, after his lightly regarded Beavers upset the top-ranked University of Southern California Trojans, 27-21, in a televised game.

“Head first and feet later.”

– Top astronaut trainer Wu Bin, of the China Astronaut Research and Training Center, describing how a crew member aboard Shenzhou 7, his country’s third manned space mission, would exit the craft for China’s first spacewalk.


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