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Issue: "Casualty of 'peace'," March 24, 2001

A lot worse things happen to people you don't hear about. Really, I'm living a dream that I had since I was a kid.

NBA player Tom Gugliotta, in USA Today, on the trials in his life over the past 15 months. The Phoenix Suns forward is making a comeback after suffering a life-threatening seizure, having a career-threatening knee injury, and losing his mother to cancer.

Americans were framing spending decisions based on the belief that 25-percent-a-year gains were their God-given right.

Stephen Roach, chief economist at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, on the many Americans who took on large debts in the late 1990s because their rising stock portfolios made them feel rich. Now stock prices have fallen, but the debts remain.

I'd trade it all tomorrow for our lives to be the way they were before.

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Terry Brennan, whose wife won a $35 million Las Vegas jackpot but was then paralyzed in a car accident.

I know it falls on unsympathetic ears when people are making $145,000.

U.S. District Judge Charles H. Haden, on the request by federal judges for a "catch-up" raise in addition to a cost-of-living raise next year and in future years. They claim that the value of their salaries has dropped 13 percent since the early 1990s. Federal trial judges are paid $145,100 a year, appellate judges, $153,900, associate Supreme Court justices, $178,300, and the chief justice, $186,300.

Corruption is never going to end. It's a culture going back generations.

Lt. Jesus Benavides, a police officer in one of Mexico's most corrupt states, Chihuahua, dismissing Mexican President Vicente Fox's promise to combat corruption. But the president has shown he is serious: Last month, he removed 67 of Chihuahua's 80 federal police agents after uncovering a scheme to sell a police position for nearly $500,000. The money was believed to come from drug smugglers who wanted a connection inside the department.


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