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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Ethiopia's new flower," May 31, 2008

"People are dying and they are talking about the referendum?"

Kyaw Muang, owner of a food shop in Yangon, Myanmar, on disputed claims by the governing junta that voters backed a new constitution that keeps the junta in power. The generals "don't even care about dying people," said Muang. "You think they care about democracy for living people?"

"Too often in the Middle East, politics has consisted of one leader in power and the opposition in jail."

President George W. Bush, in a speech in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, calling for freedom and democracy in the Middle East.

"This isn't free money. These are tax dollars. Let's save it for actual emergencies."

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Chardon Township, Ohio, Trustee Michael Brown on the decision of township officials to turn down $10,000 from FEMA as reimbursement for costs incurred during a March snowstorm.

"No society that denies religious freedom can ever rightly claim to be good in some other way."

Presidential candidate John McCain, in a speech at Oakland University, in Rochester, Mich.

"We care about this issue the same way . . . we care about abortion. It kills people."

E. Calvin Beisner, founder of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, on how the anti-global warming agenda would lead to premature deaths because of higher food prices, less energy, and less development in poor countries. Beisner is among a group of prominent Christians seeking 1 million signatures on a statement that urges caution in addressing "speculative dangers like man-made global warming."

"If I didn't, it would probably be my editor's first question when I got back."

Photographer Ryan McGeeney of the Standard-Examiner in Provo, Utah, on taking a picture of his injury after he was speared in the leg by a javelin while covering the Utah state high-school track championships. The injury reportedly wasn't serious.


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