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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Saving Isaac," Nov. 10, 2007

"We made a mistake."

Bill Hybels, megachurch guru and pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, on a study that showed the Willow Creek church model had not produced spiritually mature Christians.

"I mean it would be a flat tax but I want to make it really flat-like zero."

GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, about his proposed tax policy.

"Unfortunately, in this case, you have to be the messenger."

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Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox to actor Lane Garrison, saying he was sending a message to the public by sentencing Garrison to three years and four months in prison for a December drunk driving crash that killed high-school student Vahagn Setian.

"A pretty strong ride."

San Jose, Calif., Mayor Chuck Reed on a 5.6 magnitude earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay area on Oct. 31.

"It's not something I think we're real proud of."

Roger Barta, football coach at Smith Center (Kan.) High School, on scoring a national-record 72 points in the first quarter of an Oct. 30 game against Plainville. Barta began replacing starters midway through the quarter, and Smith Center won 83-0. For the season, Smith Center has outscored opponents 640-0 and hasn't yet punted.


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