Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Taking on the thugs," Nov. 6, 1999

I love this team, it's family. I thank God for everything that's happened.

Mariano Rivera, relief pitcher for the World Series champion New York Yankees, after being named Series MVP. Mr. Rivera, who once made a glove out of cardboard so he could play baseball in his native Panama, gave up no runs, won one game, and saved two games in the Yankees' 4-0 sweep of the Atlanta Braves.

The doctor should not be asked to play the role of a hired gun.

U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.), commenting on a bill that would bar doctors from using federally controlled drugs such as morphine to cause death.
The bill, which would severely weaken Oregon's physician-assisted suicide law, passed in the House by a vote of 271-156.

This is a wonderful country.

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Former Miami-Dade County Commissioner James Burke, caught on tape as he took a $5,000 kickback from an undercover informant while still in office. Mr. Burke was convicted of one count of bribery.

It's not like it's a big chore or anything-it's respectful to our country. If you live in this country, then you should do it.

Oregon student Sam Stuckey, 12, on reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in the classroom. State lawmakers voted to put the pledge back in schools last month. Under the law, school districts must display flags and give students the opportunity to recite the pledge at least once a week.

Prosecutors and the police really can't talk, but I can.

Colorado Gov. Bill Owens, in a radio interview, on controversial remarks he recently made regarding the murder case of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey.
Mr. Owens had asked the parents of the girl to "quit hiding behind their attorneys, quit hiding behind their PR firm. Come back to Colorado and work with investigators in this case, no matter where that trail leads." The Ramseys, who have moved to Atlanta, called the governor's remarks "slanderous."


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