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Issue: "Ken Starr: An honest cop," Nov. 13, 1999

If there was a God, he wouldn't let me feel the way I do. There is no God, only hate.

From the journal of Kip Kinkel, read aloud during his sentencing hearing by Lane County Sheriff's Detective Pamelia McComas. Mr. Kinkel pleaded guilty to four counts of murder for the May 1998 slayings of his parents and two high-school students.

Robin Hood and his gang enjoyed greater freedom in Sherwood Forest than our citizens will have on their own lands.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), criticizing a Clinton administration proposal to place 40 million acres of federal forests off limits to development. Even liberal Sen. Roy Wyden (D-Ore.) opposes the move.

I was mad, and I read the riot act, saying that we had worked too hard to get into this program ... to see it jeopardized by anyone who couldn't keep his pants zipped.

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Retired senator and former astronaut John Glenn, in his new autobiography on why he was not selected in 1961 to be the first American in space. Mr. Glenn had harshly criticized his skirt-chasing colleagues, who voted to give the honor to Alan Sheppard. More than 30 years later, then-Sen. Glenn had learned to see no evil. Commenting on the House vote to impeach Bill Clinton, he said: "I'm not defending what the president did. But when I look at all the things we've been working on-we're going to dump this for an impeachment process?"

I will retire when the funeral director comes in with a wicker basket.

94-year-old federal judge Joseph Kinneary. Judge Kinneary accepted senior status 12 years ago, which reduced his docket by 20 percent, but the 33-year veteran jurist has no plans to retire.

In the old days, editors were really editing a magazine. Today they are like flight attendants serving ready-made food on a tray.

Magazine editor Long Nguyen, complaining about media sameness.


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