Editor's note: The following is a recap of the week's news events, in the words of the newsmakers.
"I've not seen the evidence or what the facts are, but government officials are held to a higher standard so I'm sure that the council will address it."
Port Richey Mayor Eloise Taylor after prosecutors charged the city's manager Tom O'Neill with drunken driving for an incident July 13 in New Port Richey. His blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit, authorities said.
"We work hard all our lives. We should not have things taken away from us."
Mary Donovan, a Pasco resident addressing the County Commission about federal spending cuts that have threatened the Elderly Nutrition program.
"We were determined to reward those employees who have stayed loyal to the district over the years — especially during the economic downturn. They've earned the right to be paid more than someone who just got hired."
United School Employees of Pasco president Lynne Webb after a tentative agreement that will mean pay raises to teachers for the first time in six years.
"It's more than a post office to us. It's the heart of our community.''
Alta Trufant, a resident of Aripeka where the U.S. Postal Service has announced plans to shut down the local post office on Sept. 13.