The Week in Words: Nov. 15-21

"He was a wonderful little boy. We're sad, and we're going to miss him a lot.''

Margie Polen, principal at Gulf Highlands Elementary School, speaking about a 6-year-old pupil, Bryce Atkeson, who died in a fire.

"She was elegant and enthusiastic. She was optimistic in her approach to life, work and friends. She was generous from the heart — and the pocketbook.

Circuit Judge Lynn Tepper, speaking about her longtime friend Judy Case, who died on Nov. 13. Mrs. Case was well-known in Pasco for her work with charities and political fundraising.

"You know who I killed that day, right?''

Donald B. Hancock, 46, as he spoke to a New Port Richey police officer after being stopped on suspicion of DUI. According to a report, Hancock answered his own question: "My wife.'' He had been convicted in 2002 for driving drunk and causing an accident that killed Irene Hancock, 37.

"Something needs to be done because it is affecting the safety of all the residents on the road. You've got those big trucks coming down the road with heavy loads.''

Tim Altman, who lives on Houston Avenue in Hudson. A Tampa woman who owns property along the road recently hired a crew to install 1,000 feet of wooden posts and barbed wire, narrowing Houston Avenue to a single lane.

"When you piss off some and you please some, you probably did the best you could.''

School Board member Kathryn Starkey, regarding parental reaction to a new school boundary plan. Starkey later expressed embarrassment over her choice of words.

"He's a phenomenal music teacher. His enthusiasm and ability to inspire students is way beyond the norm.''

Karen Marler, principal at Lacoochee Elementary School, regarding Scott Leahy, who used to teach music at Lacoochee. He has since moved on to Stewart Middle School, where his band is racking up numerous awards for excellence.

"Whoever wanted it, they wanted it real bad.''

Pasco Middle School football coach Danny Wade, after somebody stole a 1,700-pound blocking sled.

"I hear you loud and clear."

County utilities director Bruce Kennedy, responding to County Commissioner Ted Schrader, who is urging staffers to find a way for utility customers to round up their bills to the next dollar, providing funds for local nonprofits.

"He's got a lot of good ideas, and I think he'll work out all right."

County Commissioner Michael Cox, after meeting John Hagen, the man hired Friday as the president of the Pasco Economic Development Council.

"Oh, yeah. They didn't hurt it."

Delores Kietzer, president of the North Buena Vista Civic Association, on the community's plans to still use the frozen turkey recovered from a man accused of breaking into the community's clubhouse.

The Week in Words: Nov. 15-21 11/21/09 [Last modified: Saturday, November 21, 2009 1:56pm]

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