Editor's note: The following is a recap of the week's news events, in the words of the newsmakers.
"How can we conquer this grief? How can we conquer this black cloud that overwhelms us?"
The Rev. Joe Smith during funeral services at Aripeka Baptist Church for Delaney Rossman, a 5-year-old triplet killed when a car struck her while playing in a friend's yard.
"They call the Korean War the Forgotten War, but I can tell you, nobody who knew him forgets about Jack Perry.''
Tommy Hedge, a Homosassa Springs man who, in 1951, graduated from Gulf High School in New Port Richey with class president Jack Perry. A year later, Perry was killed by Chinese infantry in Korea.
"A person who has forgiven is a liberated person. I call forgiveness a seed of peace."
Eva Mozes Kor, a survivor of Auschwitz, who spoke at the Peace Week celebration at Pasco-Hernando Community College.
"If you have three cheerleading counties, you have a better chance of succeeding."
County Commissioner Ann Hildebrand, Pasco's representative to the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority. She was suggesting a regional approach next time politicians ask voters to support light rail, which Hillsborough defeated in a referendum earlier this month.
"We've danced around the problem — not paying for impact as it occurs. We collect in today's dollars and hope to build a project down the road. Sooner or later we have to wake up and say we have to find a better way of doing something. I challenge all of you to step up and do some leadership. That's the only way you're going to make this stuff happen."
County Commissioner Mike Cox during a discussion of how best to pay for improved transportation.
"It really moves Wesley Chapel to the next level."
David West, executive director of the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce, after news that a 200,000-square-foot hospital will break ground Dec. 14 on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.
"I know this kind of outpouring really spurs him on to get better."
Amye Cox, whose husband, Ron, has received support from the Land O'Lakes community in his fight with pancreatic cancer. Cox, 46, has volunteered thousands of hours to youth soccer.