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The Week in Words

Week in words

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

"Bad car. Bad, bad car.''

Attorney Peyton Hyslop, a former Hernando County judge, on the wording of a Brooksville ordinance controlling red light cameras that indicates the vehicle and not the driver is at fault.

"This is not a d--- joke.''

Howard Moore, whose wife received a ticket from a Brooksville red light camera infraction that cost her two days' pay.

"Two-thirds of this county's expenses are for law enforcement and the jail. The people who avail themselves of that system by breaking the law should be the ones paying for it.''

County Commissioner Dave Russell, on a proposal to double the $15 surcharge added in certain court cases to raise funds for courthouse improvements.

"The kid is a menace. I can feel very sympathetic for (Tai-Ling Gigliotti). How do you control an out-of-control child?"

Attorney Robert Whittel, who represents Anton Angelo, Gigliotti's fiance and co-defendant. Gigliotti and Angelo face several child abuse charges involving their care for Gigliotti's adopted son.

"These guys could start a war if they wanted to.''

Rick Yarber of Tampa, observing the firepower from about 50 people shooting machine guns and other weapons at a junked car during a Fourth of July machine gun shoot at a Hernando County gun range.

"Can't say. I never tried any of their's.''

Howard Delaine, 82, who has run Howard's BBQ in Brooksville for nearly half of his life, on the question of who has the best barbecue among the three barbecue joints in the two-block area.

"Our hope and expectation is that reasonable minds will reach reasonable solutions and we won't have to resort to reasonable courts.''

Attorney Bruce Snow, representing several out-of-county students who had been attending Nature Coast Technical High School in violation of district policy. The students have been barred from returning, but hope to reverse the School Board's decision.

"If someone is handicapped and doesn't have their placard that day, I want to make sure they don't come back and find their car gone.''

Brooksville City Council member David Pugh, on a proposed ordinance that would allow police to impound vehicles for a first offense, such as parking in a handicapped zone without proper documentation.

Week in words 07/11/09 [Last modified: Saturday, July 11, 2009 9:28am]
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