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Issue: "Target: Taiwan," May 5, 2001

To spare the mom is, surely, to spoil the child.

Tunku Varadarajan, deputy editorial features editor of The Wall Street Journal, in a commentary on a study showing day care-reared children are three times more likely to display behavioral problems by kindergarten than those raised at home by their mothers.

There are contractors out there that are asking for less, and that might persuade [Harvard] to get us out of here.

Harvard custodian Lenvial Cole, worrying that well-intended campus protests demanding a so-called living wage ($10.25 an hour) for manual laborers on campus might result in his being priced out of a job. But with his awareness of the effect of supply and demand upon wages, perhaps Mr. Cole should be teaching and some "progressive" economics professors should be scrubbing floors rather than students' minds.

I just forgot.

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New York City artist Deborah Masters, explaining she intended but "forgot" to paint a loincloth on a nude depiction of Jesus in a mural slated to appear in a new JFK airport terminal. News reports said the artist "willingly" made the change after a Catholic construction worker, who was helping to build the new terminal and had an early look at the mural, complained.

It meant a lot to me then. It means even more now.

Sallie Bracy, 68, upon receiving a 46-year-old love letter from her husband, James, who wrote the letter as a young member of the Army's 41st Signal Battalion. The Chesapeake, Va., couple had just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary when construction workers discovered the letter, which had been lodged between two walls in a mail room at Fort Ord near San Francisco.

The reason I call him 'Coach K' is because sometimes I have trouble pronouncing long words.

President Bush, during a White House visit by the college basketball champion Duke and coach Mike Krzyzewzski.


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