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Week in Words: 'Last time I checked it was pretty much a free society. Just don't do it at work.'

A mother cries as she stands outside during graduation.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

A mother cries as she stands outside during graduation.

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

"Last time I checked it was pretty much a free society. Just don't do it at work."

County Commissioner Chris Kingsley, on the blog written by Assistant County Attorney Kent Weissinger that comments on local news events.

"My concern would be the impression people would have with the legal office writing their opinions."

Commissioner Diane Rowden, reacting to Weissinger's blog.

"I'm making these changes based on the need to assure the community that emergency management is completely prepared and assure the county board … that we're in a position to handle any possible emergency."

County Administrator David Hamilton, who restructured the leadership of the county's Emergency Management Department after a botched hurricane drill.

"We would have made the arrest if the victim wanted to continue the case."

Sgt. Donna Black of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, after the agency declined to arrest a former Hernando High School coach accused by a student of touching her in a sexual manner. The teen chose not to pursue the matter because she is leaving for college.

"It's small change for a big bang."

School superintendent Wayne Alexander, on the money being spent on elementary-level science fairs. Alexander had originally decided to cut the program from next year's budget until a Hernando Times reporter told him the cost was only $2,400.

"You put your kid through school for 13 years looking forward to the day when they graduate and then you're told you have to watch it on television? That's just not right."

Rick Stone of Brooksville, upset that parents of graduating seniors at Hernando High School were sent to the auditorium before commencement exercises because the school's gymnasium was at capacity.

"People won't be coming to the clinic to attend religious services. They're going to come because they need health care."

Ahmed Bedier, spokesman for the Crescent Community Clinic of Hernando County, a project of local physicians who are Muslims. The clinic will be in Brooksville and will serve the needy of the community.

Week in Words: 'Last time I checked it was pretty much a free society. Just don't do it at work.' 06/14/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 11:49am]
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