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Issue: "Reining in the UN," Feb. 17, 2001

We would never buy Temptation Island.

Sears spokeswoman Lee Antonio, in USA Today, after a commercial for Sears appeared on the controversial and racy Fox show. Fox owed Sears a free ad and placed it during the show without the company's knowledge, Ms. Antonio said. Other companies, such as Quaker Oats and Best Buy, have pulled their commercials from the show, despite its ratings success.

That period is over in our life. Why don't we get over it?

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, on objections to the Bush administration's plan for a missile-defense system because it purportedly violates the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty that the United States and the now-defunct Soviet Union signed in 1972. Advocates of missile defense argue that the biggest nuclear threat today is not an arms race with Russia but the possibility of an attack from a small outlaw nation like Iraq.

We feel very blessed and touched that God has chosen my wife, me, and my family with a child that has special needs to take care of. We're fortunate to get a life for a lifetime. It's really an honor.

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Barry Trotz, coach of the Nashville Predators National Hockey League team, on the birth of his son, Nolan, who has Down syndrome. He and his wife, Kim, have three older children.

I think there is a Mercedes divide. I'd like to have one; I can't afford one.

Michael Powell, new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and son of Secretary of State Colin Powell, on the supposed "digital divide," or the gap separating those who cannot afford new technology from those who can. "I think it's an important social issue, but it shouldn't be used to justify the notion of essentially the socialization of the deployment of the infrastructure."

Apart from a war zone, I've never seen this kind of devastation.

Marcus Oxley, a civil engineer who has performed relief work across Asia and Africa, on the aftermath of the Jan. 26 earthquake that hit India's Gujarat state. (See page 7.)


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