The Week in Words

Published May 13, 2007

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


"We're here to analyze things subjectively as well as objectively. We're here to make subjective decisions based on the facts we heard today."

County Commissioner David Russell, who voted to deny Wal-Mart's plan to build a supercenter on Barclay Avenue in Spring Hill.


"This is not a debate about whether Wal-Mart is good or bad."

James Porter, an attorney representing Wal-Mart before the County Commission.


"It doesn't have anything to do with the W-word. It has to do with the health, safety and welfare of our residents."

County Commissioner Diane Rowden, who made the motion to deny Wal-Mart's request.


"I'm not going to enjoy the full support of this council. The council is divided."

Mitchell Bobowski, withdrawing his bid to be the new city manager of Brooksville once he realized that he did not have the support of three of the five council members.


"I just know that it's much easier not to hire somebody than it is to lay somebody off."

Brooksville City Council member Joe Bernardini, saying the city has to be prudent in its spending during these difficult budget times.


"It's hard to believe fires in Georgia and fires over in Daytona can produce this much smoke in our area. But this morning when I came out to my car, it was covered in ash."

Spring Hill Fire Chief J.J. Morrison, on the heavy pall of smoke that covered Hernando County this week from faraway brush fires.


"You can tell within the first few minutes of walking into a church service what kind of place it is by how the people relate to one another. In the long haul, I'd rather be known as a church that talked about changed lives rather than a church that boasts of its programs and calendar events."

Mike Harshman, senior minister of Brooksville Christian Church, on what distinguishes his church from others.


"There is no rest. But you want him to get his exercise. It's like having a 2-year-old in the house. You're constantly watching."

Susan Lowe, of the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, on the black bear cub that staffers have been caring for, sometimes in their homes, since it was left at the Sumter County Humane Society weeks ago.


"No more driving to Tampa!"

Milena Ortiz of Spring Hill, thrilled that a Colombian restaurant is planning to open in her neighborhood.