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“It is equally important that we jealously guard our freedoms from being chipped away piece by piece before our eyes.”

— Republican U.S. Rep. Butch Otter of Idaho, speaking via video hookup to a North Idaho College audience about his concerns that the federal Patriot Act could weaken American liberty.

“Our goal is to produce military leaders of character. And obviously, sexual assaults are not a good indication of character.”

— Inspector General Joseph Schmitz of the U.S. Department of Defense, commenting on survey results showing one female student in seven claims to have been sexually assaulted at the nation’s three military academies.

“Shooters hit more than they aim at.”

— Spokane Police Chief Roger Bragdon, urging citizens to report gunshots after bullets, presumably meant for a gang member, ripped through a northeast Spokane apartment and missed a sleeping 3-year-old girl by inches.

“We pinned our hopes on the Americans, but they let us down.”

— Iraqi chauffeur Adnan al-Eiby, explaining his disillusionment with the prospects of Western-style democracy.

“Things are 1 million times better than Saddam’s days.”

— Iraqi engineer Hamid Balasim, declaring his joy over the freedoms he now experiences.

“It was odious. It was shocking. It was disgusting, and I think all Americans should be very alarmed about that.”

— Attorney George Felos, representing Michael Schiavo, after some members of Congress proposed using their subpoena powers to bring his wife Terri before them in the legal and political wrangling over the removal over her feeding tube.

“This is not a lifestyle. There’s no more choice than I have a choice to be 5 feet tall.”

— Washington state Sen. Margarita Prentice, D-Renton, speaking in favor of legislation to ban discrimination in jobs, housing and insurance, based on sexual orientation.

“I’ve seen do-it-yourselfers do a better job of gluing pipe together.”

— Spokane plumber Dan McKenna, commenting on the workmanship with which pipes had originally been sealed where they pass through a membrane beneath the BNSF Railway refueling depot in North Idaho.

“I cannot emphasize enough our commitment toward environmental protection.”

— BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas, describing repair work under way at the company’s North Idaho refueling facility where a series of diesel leaks have prompted a court-ordered shutdown.

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