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The Week in Words

By Times editorial
Published February 11, 2007


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

 

"I'm going to make sure FEMA does well by my constituents."

U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, after visiting the storm-ravaged areas of central Florida.

 

"The Empire Knights of the KKK based in Homosassa have held a number of rallies around the country and have either maintained or established chapters in 20 states."

Andrew Rosenkranz, of the Anti-Defamation League, saying the KKK is having a resurgence. The Sheriff's Office, which monitors such groups, says it has observed no such activity recently.

 

"Rednecks will still go to work on Monday, even though they have money left (from last week's paycheck). White trash calls in with the brown bottle flu."

Etta May, comedian and self-described white trash, reprising lines from the Southern Fried Chicks Comedy Tour, which visits Citrus County today.

 

"Music is noise."

Inverness City Manager Frank DiGiovanni, describing the city's proposed noise ordinance, which would restrict "continued raucous noise" after 10 p.m.

 

"I'm not real surprised. I always had in mind that what the developers were describing as "by-right' was a pretty liberal interpretation."

Douglas Dame, Town Council member in Yankeetown, after a zoning official denied an application by developers to create a waterfront resort. Debate over the project has fractured the town for months.

 

"Mainly, it became a place where people could meet each other. Not everyone can join the VFW, but here, there are no requirements. They just come to have a good time."

Mike O'Gara, owner of Lady Jo's Game Room in Inverness, which recently reopened after being closed by authorities in 2005 for operating an illegal gambling establishment.