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“This is not a solution; this is a farce.”

— Displaced New Madison Apartments tenant Glenda Rahr, about last week’s rental fair that was held in futile hopes of finding suitable, affordable living arrangements for low-income tenants of a downtown building that’s being converted into mixed-income housing.

“I just call people and ask, and they say yes.”

Kathy Jacobsen, one of the leaders in a community fundraising drive and volunteer construction effort to build a new home for Shasta Groene, whose mother and brother were killed two years ago by Joseph Duncan, along with her mother’s boyfriend, in North Idaho.

“I can’t trip walking up the stairs.”

— The fear going through former Eastern Washington University basketball star Rodney Stuckey‘s mind after he became the 15th pick in the National Basketball Association draft and was headed to the stage to acknowledge his selection by the Detroit Pistons.

“How do you explain garbanzo beans in the field, rather than at the salad bar?”

— Washington state Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, explaining the value of bringing two busloads of state legislators on a tour of Eastern Washington’s farmland.

“It cuts real close to the bone with regard to public access to justice.”

— Spokane County Public Defender John Rodgers, sharing his misgivings about using closed-circuit television to allow judges to handle hearings from their courtrooms while defendants and their lawyers remain at the jail.

“Unfortunately, in this field, when the custody of children is involved, everyone involved is willing to lie. You don’t know what the truth is. Something has to change.”

— Lobbyist Dave Wood of the nonprofit group Washington Families United, commenting on the child abuse accusations made against a Spokane stepfather whose wife is engaged in a custody battle with the boy’s father.

“Hindsight is 20-20. If he’d have known help was not that far away, he might have held off taking the steps that he did.”

— Grays Harbor County Sheriff Rick Scott, after a fisherman cut off two of his own pinched fingertips to escape a sinking boat minutes before his son-in-law returned with help and tools that would have freed him.

“To suggest this was about racism is the height of ugliness and arrogance.”

— U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., during an emotional floor debate over an unsuccessful immigration reform bill that he vigorously opposed.

“Seeing a bald eagle in the mid-‘70s was a big deal. It was something you really looked forward to seeing. Now, to be honest, bald eagles are pretty common.”

— The American Bird Conservancy’s vice president and chief conservation officer, George Wallace, on last week’s removal of the national bird from the endangered species list.

“It’s right versus wrong. It’s do the ethical thing or do the wrong thing. So far, they’ve chosen to do the wrong thing.”

— Former National Football League player and coach Mike Ditka, testifying before a congressional subcommittee that the NFL needs to do more on behalf of former players who missed out on today’s huge salaries and now are surviving on inadequate pensions while nursing multiple playing injuries.

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