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Issue: "What is art?," March 20, 2004

"Hockey's a game of respect, and what Bertuzzi did was just an utter lack of respect."

Captain of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" U.S. Olympic team Mike Eruzione, on suspended hockey player Todd Bertuzzi, who attacked an opponent from behind, breaking two vertebrae in his neck. Mr. Bertuzzi, who delivered a tearful apology after the fact, will miss at least the rest of the season and playoffs, and may face criminal assault charges.

"This is akin to taxation without representation, and it has got to stop."

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Andrew Steinberg, a 17-year-old student at Beverly Hills High School, on denying the vote to children. In California, a state senator proposed a constitutional amendment giving 14-year-olds a quarter-vote, and a half-vote for 16-year-olds. No word on how much Mr. Steinberg pays in taxes.

"We're just too darn fat, ladies and gentlemen, and we're going to do something about it."

Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson

announcing a new ad campaign encouraging Americans to slim down. Obesity is about to pass tobacco as the nation's No. 1 preventable cause of death.

"Racist at worst, cynical at best."

Rev. Gene Rivers, a black Boston minister, on attempts by activists to link their battle for gay marriage with the civil-rights movement.


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