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“We knew that the county commissioners were going to do that, because they’re bought and paid for by developer money.”

— South Hill homeowner Linde Hackett, after Spokane County commissioners overturned most of the conditions the county’s hearing examiner had stipulated for a development planned near Hackett’s neighborhood.

“Universities aren’t developers. They got in over their heads the minute they decided to be a developer.”

— University of Idaho alumnus Jack Lemley, whose engineering and construction company took over as project manager when UI’s ambitious University Place project in Boise began to go awry.

“I don’t know how we can let such a simple thing get so complicated.”

— Washington, D.C., defense analyst John Pike, commenting on the tight security restrictions that limited who could participate in a patriotic Freedom Walk in the capital on the fourth anniversary of 9-11.

“People in the Army knew this news for 15 months and why they couldn’t be bothered to tell me the truth when this first happened and to have me go through this pain 15 months later is unconscionable on the part of the Army.”

Karen Meredith, after finding out the Army knew for more than a year, but neglected to tell her, that her son, 1st Lt. Kenneth Ballard, was killed in an accident in Iraq, not in combat as first reported.

“We can smell it in the hallways.”

— Grade school student Armonte Butler of Washington, D.C., in a letter to President Bush, describing the drug problem in his apartment building and asking for more federal funds to combat it.

“Everything just seemed to fit.”

Matt Bouldin, rated among the top 10 high school guards, on why he has made an oral commitment to play basketball at Gonzaga University next fall.

“The buck stops here, and as your governor, I take full responsibility.”

— Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco in a special post-Katrina meeting of the Louisiana Legislature.

“It’s a good day in New Orleans. The sun is shining. We’re bringing New Orleans back.”

— New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin after announcing that about 182 residents will return to their homes.

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