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In their words

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

“What the Legislature does, by definition, affects everyone in the state. Every time a constituent asks you to do something, they’re asking you to do it for everybody.”

– Attorney Ramsey Ramerman, a member of the Washington state Sunshine Committee, explaining why e-mail messages asking state legislators for assistance should be treated as public records.

“There are going to be kids that just won’t be able to go, period. Those are the ones I worry about.”

– West Central Neighborhood Chairwoman Brenda Corbett, after the Spokane Park Board approved a $1 admission fee for children under 18 to swim in municipal pools.

“We have a new strategy, a new mission and a new ambassador. I believe that new military leadership is also needed.”

– Defense Secretary Robert Gates, announcing plans to replace Gen. David McKiernan with Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the nation’s top military commander in Afghanistan.

“There is no such thing as ‘due process light,’ ”

– American Civil Liberties Union executive director Anthony D. Romero, about President Barack Obama’s decision to revive military tribunals for Guantanamo Bay detainees, although with some safeguards the previous administration didn’t have in place.

“The amount of political will and maneuvering it takes to reduce an eight-year sentence to two years and then commute the last two years and release her on the spot is far greater than having a one-day kangaroo court and sentencing her in the first place.”

Trita Parsi, president of the Washington-based National Iranian American Council, after a series of legal steps secured the release of American Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi from the Iranian prison where she had been sentenced on espionage charges.

“Gone are the days when security forces remained in the rear … protecting the aircraft.”

– Air Force Maj. Jeffery Ditlevson, during memorial services at Fairchild Air Force Base for eight Air Force security officers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Notre Dame is arresting a priest. Why are you arresting a priest for trying to stop the killing of a baby? You’ve got it all backward.”

– The Rev. Norman Weslin, founder of the Lambs of Christ abortion protest group, addressing police who arrested 21 people, including a priest, at a disruption Friday to protest President Barack Obama’s weekend commencement address at Notre Dame University.

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