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The Week in Words

Recapping the week's news events, in words

Editor's note: The following is a recap of the week's news events, in the words of the newsmakers.

"I think people believe we've spent millions of dollars and generated a lot of angst and wasted a lot of time to get basically the same results we got under the other system."

Lynne Webb, president of the United School Employees of Pasco, reacting to the results of the new state system to evaluate teachers.

"We always say we don't like surprises."

School Board chairwoman Cynthia Armstrong as newly elected superintendent Kurt Browning promised he would not surprise the board with his decisions.

"I do not want to hire a headhunter."

Commissioner Henry Wilson during a discussion about replacing longtime County Administrator John Gallagher.

"I will not stop. These babies deserve better."

Roberta Deal, who is seeking help in cleaning up the county-owned Tucker Cemetery.

"That's it. I made a mistake. I messed up."

Brittany Miles, 22, during a sentencing hearing after a conviction for battery on a law enforcement officer, DUI and escape. A judge gave her 15 years in prison.

"This is going to be a community project to end all community projects."

New Port Richey Deputy Mayor Rob Marlowe regarding a plan to engage the community in cleaning up the historic Hacienda Hotel.

"We thought, 'What the heck is the Navy doing out this early on a Sunday?' They came in low in the morning sun and glittered like stars. I saw the markings on the wings and yelled, 'They're Japanese!' Soon we heard bombs in the distance.''

Elmer Burke, 93-year-old Port Richey resident, recalling Dec. 7, 1941 when he stood guard at barracks near Pearl Harbor.

"Basically we want Aqua Utilities out of Pasco County. We want the county to come in and purchase the system."

Lou Villei, a resident of Palm Terrace Gardens, during a public hearing in which Aqua customers complained of poor water quality.

Recapping the week's news events, in words 12/08/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 8, 2012 12:41pm]
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