Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Motel 1600," Sept. 6, 1997

"It's an abomination."

-STEVE FORBES, magazine publisher and 1996 presidential candidate, criticizing the Clinton-Congress budget deal. Mr. Forbes denounced the pact at a key GOP conference widely seen as a very early gathering of Republican presidential aspirants for 2000.

"This is something that he really wanted because he really loved comics. He wanted to be part of his work in a very real sense."

-MARK HARRAS, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief, on his late colleague Mark Gruenwald, who died last August. Mr. Gruenwald's last wish was that his ashes be mixed with ink and made into a comic book. It was released last week in comic book stores and will be sold next month in other bookstores.

"To equate homosexuality with race is to give a death sentence to civil rights. No one is enslaving homosexuals ... or making them sit in the back of the bus."

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-ALVEDA CELESTE KING, niece of the slain civil-rights leader, denouncing proposed gay-rights legislation in the California assembly. Ms. King said her uncle would not have approved of laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual preference.

"If you're responsible for the runways and somebody is punching you in the face, it's going to be about as serious a distraction as you can get."

-An unidentified air-traffic controller quoted by the New York Post, commenting on an on-duty fistfight that broke out in a control tower at New York's LaGuardia Airport. The FAA is investigating whether the brawl between the two controllers-one black and one white, apparently over the use of a racial slur-jeopardized the safety of airline passengers.

"There is no constitutional right to play. Part of what these programs are all about is good sportsmanship and citizenship. It's not about just playing the sport."

-ELNEITA HUTCHINS-TAYLOR, attorney for a school district in Texas sued by a student athlete who was benched. Kyle Rutherford, a football quarterback and starting baseball pitcher who was kept out of a key baseball playoff game, claims he was benched because of disparaging remarks he made about the school's football coach.

"We are on a trailblazing path. The whole question is making gays and lesbians, whether through visuals or examples or acknowledging different family structures, ... visible."

-Provincetown, Mass., school superintendent SUSAN FLEMING, on the school board's unanimous ruling to begin teaching preschoolers about homosexuality and to establish hiring preferences for "sexual minorities."

"Janet Good is no more a victim of a homicide than anyone else who has died in association and in the presence of Dr. Kevorkian."

-GEOFFREY FIEGER, Jack Kevorkian's attorney, on the death of Kevorkian associate and euthanasia crusader Janet Good. Mr. Fieger refused to say whether his client was involved in Ms. Good's death.


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