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Issue: "The politics of grace," April 25, 1998

I have real concerns ...that we try to give human qualities to animals. Even though ...there's some reasoning power present, they are not humans.

Animal biologist Ken Esbenshade on a Penn State experiment to teach pigs to use icons on a computer screen to relay their thoughts to humans.

Anybody with a special gift has a special responsibility and if you've got a ... special gift-if God gave you something that other people don't normally have and no matter how hard they work, they can't get there-then you owe more back.

President Clinton, during a town hall meeting on race broadcast last week on the cable sports channel ESPN. He was addressing the question of whether athletes should be role models.

It's just like a businesslike thing. I go in, I play my instrument, and I go out.

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Cleveland public-school student Sean O'Brien, on his relationship with his high-school band teacher, whom he described on a Web site as "an overweight middle-aged man who doesn't like to get haircuts." School officials suspended the boy for 10 days for being disrespectful to a teacher; eight days into the suspension, a federal judge ordered the boy reinstated and the school district agreed to pay him $30,000 for violating his First Amendment rights.

I'm indignant. They're trying to prevent me from becoming a senator.

Venezuelan senate candidate and impeached former president Carlos Andres Perez, on charges he and mistress Cecilia Matos deposited illegal funds in several U.S. bank accounts. Mr. Perez's impeachment five years ago was for a separate corruption case involving the misuse of $17 million of government funds.

A snail would come faster than my check.

Hristo Stamenkovic of Riverside, Calif., on his receipt last week of a check postmarked Feb. 14, 1994. The envelope traveled 90 miles from San Diego to Riverside at a rate of 6.921 inches per hour, a little slower than the speed of an average slug.


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