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The week in words
By Times Staff Writer
Published December 9, 2007
Editor's note: The following is a recap of the week's news events, in the words of the newsmakers.
"This is a German company. Germans are very thorough people. You may remember, I married one, and she's thorough as hell. They will send you the total business plan, this and this is what we're going to make. Keep 'em straight."
Former Gov. Claude Kirk to county planning officials. Kirk expressed concerns about a proposed industrial site in Odessa.
"It's about time. I knew I did nothing wrong. I knew it was just a matter of time to prove it."
Joseph Errichiello of Port Richey after the state dropped DUI charges against him. Errichiello was arrested twice in 13 days despite tests that showed he had no alcohol or illegal drugs in his system. He blamed a severe diabetic condition for his failing field sobriety tests.
"No money has been lost. None."
Jay Kominsky, director of financial services for the Pasco Clerk of Court, after county commissioners pulled $65-million from a troubled state investment pool.
"Hopefully this is a lesson to us all that just because it sounds good on election day doesn't mean it is good. We got duped. If I thought we could get something on the ballot to freeze class size, I'd start a petition right here."
State Rep. Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, addressing Pasco educators at Sunlake High School.
"Is it? Well, I don't know. We saw it on a big map. Maybe on the map, they looked small."
Theresa Waldron, a member of the Citrus County chapter of the Sierra Club, which endorsed a proposed private garbage landfill near Dade City over expansion of Pasco's incinerator. Her comments came after a reporter corrected her assertion that the proposed landfill was near the incinerator when it is actually 28 miles away.
"It's the biggest event we've ever had. You got a good feeling just from being there."
Jason Wilson, executive director of the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce after more than 2,000 people showed up for the community's first holiday tree lighting event.
"And they wonder why people don't run for office."
Chuck Kalogianis, a local lawyer who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2002. He was fined $7,000 after a judge agreed recently with the federal Elections Commission that he took illegal campaign contributions from his own businesses and failed to disclose them. Originally the government wanted to fine him $300,000.
"If my right hand wasn't broke, that man would be dead because I would have killed him."
Donald Golden,89,victim of a strong-armed robbery in New Port Richey. The suspects were apprehended by witnesses to the crime. Golden had a gun but could not use it after his injury.