Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "The Jonesboro puzzle," April 11, 1998

He likes to say that he doesn't think of it as a half-century. He likes to think of it as a twentieth of a millennium.

Vice presidential spokesman Larry Haas on how Al Gore handled turning 50 last week.

I don't think it's fair and humane to the animal to try this operation just to make a few people happy.

Brad Andrews, vice president of zoological operations at Sea World in Orlando, Fla., home of 19 killer whales. Mr. Andrews was referring to the effort two years ago by a group of schoolchildren to raise money to send the whale star of Free Willy to the wild. Willy's handlers at the Oregon Coast Aquarium are trying-in vain, so far-to train him to catch fish on his own.

Does the president have the unilateral authority to command Americans to become little more than mercenaries?

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From the Supreme Court appeal of Army Spc. Michael New, who had asked the high court to reverse his court martial for refusing to don a UN patch and blue beret because he believed his commanding officer had no constitutional authority to place him under UN control. The court turned down his appeal; Mr. New's military appeal has not been exhausted.

I heard love, honor. I didn't hear kill in any of that ceremony.

Lisa Quinones, sister and maid of honor of a newlywed woman who was murdered by her new husband after a drunken argument on their wedding day.

I thought, '... We have all these overpaid bureaucrats and somebody actually put this in an envelope.'

Taxpayer Ken Reed, who received a notice from the Internal Revenue Service that his $175 tax refund would be applied to his and his wife's 1992 balance due of $300,000,082.17. The couple earned less than $30,000 that year. An IRS spokesman cited confidentiality reasons in declining to discuss the case, but said mistakes are bound to happen in a system in which 200 million tax returns are filed each year.


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