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In their words …

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“All I ever asked was for the voters to have a choice.”

– Spokane resident Shannon Sullivan, after turning in more than 17,000 signatures on petitions calling for a mayoral recall election.

“God will not let my family freeze.”

– Truth Ministries director Marty McKinney, speculating about the future of his organization’s homeless shelter, now operating at the former Playfair Race Track under a 30-day camping permit scheduled to expire at the end of this month.

“It was very scary. Grown men were crying.”

– Television graphics specialist Diane Hamilton, one of the passengers on a JetBlue airliner that landed safely in Los Angeles Wednesday, despite a jammed nosewheel.

“I think people realize that the government has a responsibility to help those who can’t – and I emphasize the word ‘can’t,’ not ‘won’t’ – take care of themselves.”

– Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke, refusing to enact a sales tax increase to cover shortfalls in mental health care funding.

“In April, I agreed because I was afraid I’d lose my job. This time I said enough is enough.”

– Former Spokane County Air Pollution Control Authority director Eric Skelton, explaining why he resigned rather than face another board inquiry into his aggressive enforcement of air quality regulations.

“He’s going to have a lot more chances to throw shutouts.”

– Seattle Mariners manager Mike Hargrove on his rookie pitcher, Felix Hernandez, whose chance of becoming the youngest major leaguer to throw a no-hitter ended on a questionable hit in the seventh inning of a game at Toronto on Wednesday.

“I’m 70. I probably won’t make it.”

– Carson City, Nev., Mayor Marv Teixeira on the possibility that his community – or Moses Lake, Wash., or Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. – might be the place where a manned mission to the moon will land in another decade or so.

“It’s not like he was scaring everybody. A couple of the servers are pretty upset and are worried about him.”

Carissa Engles, before learning that a regular customer, who was arrested at the restaurant where she is assistant manager, not only had a criminal record but was going around with a cache of lethal weapons including loaded firearms, knives, swords and a hatchet.

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