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THE WEEK IN WORDS

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

"Tom has his heart and soul in the city. We don't have to worry about him running off to another city.''

New Port Richey Mayor Dan Tiptonafter voting with the rest of the City Council to make longtime employee Tom O'Neill the new city manager.

"We sell margaritas made with wine. But it does not compare.''

Castulo Vasquez, owner of Golden Tequila Mexican restaurant in New Port Richey. An old state law restricts the sale of liquor at small restaurants, but local legislators hope to change it this year.

"I don't want to see, 20 years down the road, we still have 500 miles of dirt roads.''

County Commissioner Pat Mulieri during a discussion about how to pay for paving dirt roads.

"I've got the money to buy a new car, but I don't have the money to put gas in it.''

Dan Johnson, assistant county administrator, summing up a problem facing the county as it struggles to balance tax cuts with staffing fire stations.

"I spent 14 months in Vietnam. I have never seen anyone as vicious as this group of kids.''

Donald Hedges, who helped track down the suspects who attacked his son at a Checkers on State Road 52 near Bayonet Point.

"He picks on white people now too. He's just so full of hatred.''

Patricia Shipler, whose neighbor Paul Van Riper was arrested after deputies said he pushed his stepson to fight a biracial teenager.

"We prayed. A lot.''

Claire Elmblad, a Wesley Chapel 19-year-old who escaped injury when a tornado flattened Union University in Tennessee.

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