Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Tools of a tyrant," Aug. 10, 2002

Mammals helping mammals in Massachusetts.

Headline in the Austin American-Statesman above a story about volunteers rescuing beached whales on Cape Cod.

What they've basically done is said that quality does not count.

Mike Bellotte, popular former lacrosse coach at Maryland's Severna Park High School, after losing the job because a teacher wanted it and a state law forces schools to give preference to teachers in the hiring of coaches. Mr. Bellotte led Severna Park to three state championship games in the past five years.

We have no dead ones voting now that we know of.

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Alabama election official Lanelle Turner on the state's 13-year project to remove from the voter rolls more than 150,000 voters who had died.

I never compromised the struggle to make the lives of the people I love better.

Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.), in a Senate-floor speech apologizing and taking "full personal responsibility" for an ethics committee rebuke for accepting expensive gifts for himself and his sister, a former girlfriend, and an employee.

It's not like every time they send something we call over and ask, 'Did you mean it?'

Kent Kaiser, spokesman for Minnesota Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, after Ms. Kiffmeyer refused to rescind Gov. Jesse Ventura's proclamation that a week in October would be "Christian Heritage Week." The governor said the proclamation was a mistake.


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