Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "The gay getaway," May 2, 1998

I take no pride in what I did...but pray that in some small way I have righted the wrong I committed so many years ago.

From a letter in an envelope containing $150 in cash as restitution for a stolen canoe. The Bradgate, Iowa, postmaster found the letter the day after Easter from an anonymous correspondent who said he was a railroad brakeman passing through town when he stole the 17-foot fiberglass canoe from behind a house in 1973.

How many times do you get...to run naked through a city you've just toiled four years to get your degree from and not get arrested?

University of Michigan student Holly Myszenski, on National Public Radio, explaining why she wanted to participate in the annual "Naked Mile" event, in which graduating seniors run through campus wearing nothing.

I was not going to give them fingerprints nor was I going to give a saliva sample or a hair sample or a urine sample.

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California businessman Peter Taussig, objecting to a bank's demand that he give a thumbprint in exchange for cashing a store refund check. The practice has caught on among companies as a way to track down customers who write bad checks or who don't return rented equipment.

We've reached the point in the juvenile justice system where policies and fear of political repercussions completely obliterate common sense.

Miami judge Tom Petersen, during a hearing in which a 10-year-old boy was arrested, handcuffed, and jailed overnight after a waitress allegedly saw him kick his mother during an argument with his mother at a restaurant. Domestic-violence law required the fourth-grader to be arrested, and the officers would have been penalized had they not done it.

Kofi klatch.

New York Post headline on a story about the UN secretary general's get-together last weekend with some Hollywood bigwigs he's wooing for public-relations support for his beleaguered world organization.


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