Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "The Dutch culture of death," May 23, 1998

I haven't in all the years I've been here come across an incident like this.

Debbie Larkin, spokeswoman for Hilton Hotels, on the San Francisco Hilton's cook who was angered by a co-worker's tardiness and bit off part of the man's finger. According to police, Jose Grimal got mad when he could not get into a storage closet because the victim was late to work and the door was locked.

I practice what I preach.

Miss America Kate Shindle, during a question-and-answer session with high-school students in Montgomery, Ala., following a speech touting condom use for teenagers. Miss Shindle was asked whether she practices abstinence or safe sex; her coy answer followed her declaration that she wouldn't discuss "my own sexual experience."

I feel like I have egg and goo all over me. I was talking to the camera and I said...there's no crime going on here.

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Hale McGee, an American Independent candidate for Congress in Ontario, Calif., after a pair of gunmen robbed him and his campaign manager shortly after he declared on television that crime is not a problem in his suburban district. The campaign manager forked over $80 but said he had no wallet.

Some people think this is murder. There are others who believe assisted suicide should not be a crime.

Judge Michael D'Amico, in sentencing a Buffalo, N.Y., man convicted of second degree manslaughter for euthanizing his paralyzed wife with sleeping pills, vodka, and a plastic bag. Judge D'Amico could have sentenced the man to 15 years, but instead gave him two weeks in jail, five years' probation, and 500 hours of community service.

Specialized weirdo classes [are] taking the place of foundational classes.

Yale student Lila Arzua, calling the Ivy League institution's newly reorganized Women's and Gender Studies major program "an affront to traditional education." Yale has established three areas of concentration under the program: Women's Studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies; and Gender Studies.


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