Perspectives


"You're not going to pay a particular price ... with an immediate family."

California Sen. Barbara Boxer, to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a Senate hearing on Iraq. Boxer's remarks prompted a debate over whether she went too far.

"At $5.15 an hour, I get zero applicants--or maybe a guy with one leg who wouldn't pass a drug test."

Idaho restaurant owner Rob Elder, on the difficulties of finding good workers with his state's low minimum wage, compared with nearby Washington state's $7.93 an hour, the highest in the nation

"David Beckham coming to the United States is ... [like] Tiger Woods meeting Brad Pitt on the red carpet. This transcends sports."

USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan, on news that the soccer star is leaving European powerhouse Real Madrid to sign a reported $250 million, five-year deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy

"It was good theater for you--and for Jay Leno."

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to members of the press, on a mysterious gaslike odor in Manhattan last week. City officials pointed to New Jersey industrial waste, which officials there denied.

"A city that could not be drowned in the waters of a storm will not be drowned in the blood of its citizens."

The Rev. John C. Raphael Sr., to the more than 3,000 New Orleans residents who marched on city hall in protest of violence that has claimed nine lives since New Year's

"They are proposing that these people who save lives . …

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