Perspectives

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Byline: Quotation sources from top to bottom, left to right: Denver Post, New York Times (2), Newsday, ABC News, Associated Press, ABC News, The Washington Post, Reuters, Associated Press

"He was our Hemingway. He was our friend."

Pitkin County, Colo., Sheriff's Investigator Joe DiSalvo, on author Hunter S. Thompson, 67, who shot and killed himself last week

"This is just old stuff, like rerun stories. I mean, it's like watching 'Sanford and Son'--rerun after rerun after rerun."

San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds, on the media's attention on speculation that he used steroids

"I'm a great believer in letting it all hang out."

Dr. Alastair Wood, chairman of a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel that endorsed the marketing of pain drugs Celebrex, Bextra and Vioxx, saying that 10 panel members' ties to the drug industry should have been disclosed before each meeting

"Every time I come in, I see something different. Sometimes it's very cheerful. Sometimes it's very peaceful. Other times it appears as it would to a child. It has its own enchantment."

Retired nurse Irene Kelvasa of New York City, talking about artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude's public art project "The Gates," in the city's Central Park

"It's hard to explain the sense of duty that a U.S. soldier has. But, you know, we're committed to something great over there. And my soldiers are again returning to Iraq with the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. And I feel like I need to be there, too."

Army Capt. …