“Everything went crazy” and other occasional quotes of the week

“They swore they were going to protect people. They even say it on their patrol cars, and the truth is that they let us down at Uvalde. We don’t want that kind of police here.” — Uvalde resident Martin Villanueva responded to news that police were waiting outside the classroom where a mass shooter was barricaded. (Wednesday, The Dallas Morning News)

It destroys lives. These are our lives – these children and our lives. — John Preddy, a family doctor in Uvalde, describing the town’s grief as the funerals of the gunshot victims began. Two of the victims were his patients. (Wednesday, The Dallas Morning News)

“I was very pleased with what we know so far regarding the response of our agents.” — Tulsa Deputy Police Chief Eric Dalgleish discusses his department’s response to a shooting that killed four people at a Tulsa hospital. According to Dalgleish, police made contact with the shooter nine minutes after police dispatchers received a report. (Thursday, The Associated Press)

“We will protect the vulnerable from harm, we will protect the innocent from harm, we will always put ourselves in danger if necessary.” — Irving Police Chief Derick Miller at his swearing-in ceremony. (Wednesday, The Dallas Morning News)

“After Columbine, after Sandy Hook, after Charleston, after Orlando, after Las Vegas, after Parkland, nothing was done. This time it can’t be true. This time we have to really do something.” — President Biden, in a rare primetime speech, calling on Congress to take immediate action against gun control. (Thursday, The Washington Post)

“If you think you need a military-grade weapon to repel a Russian or Chinese invasion, you watched Red Dawn
too many times
.” — Dallas resident Michael Coughlin in a letter to the editor on reasons for owning guns. (Friday, The Dallas Morning News)

PULLY” — Harini Logan, an eighth-grade student from San Antonio, correctly spelling a word whose definition temporarily eliminated her from competition at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Because spellings have gotten so good, bee organizers have added new elements, like the requirement that spellers choose the correct definition for each word. After a review, the judges reinstated Harini saying that the definition she had chosen could be interpreted as accurate. Harini went on to win the event in the first “spell” in the bee’s 97-year history. (Thursday, The New York Times)

“I feel like everything has gone crazy, and that’s one thing that’s gone crazy. But what I also said was, ‘Let’s face it. It’s just things. No one was hurt. And we have the technology and the expertise to put things back together. And thank God for that. — Dallas Museum of Art board member Mary McDermott Cook responded to news that a man broke into the museum and destroyed approximately $5 million worth of artwork, including three objects ancient Greeks and a contemporary Native American piece, before his arrest. (Thursday, The Dallas Morning News)

Texas got all that mythology around cheap gas and prosperity, and those days are clearly over. — Energy consultant Alison Silverstein, responding to news that the average electricity rate in Texas has reached its highest level since deregulation two decades ago. (Thursday, The Dallas Morning News)

“Usually the women who serve in our child care centers – who take care of your babies and my babies – who are high-quality educators earn less than a cashier at Buc-ee.We can do better than that. – Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker calling for more funding for child care during the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Third Annual State of Early Education Address. (Friday, The Dallas Morning News)

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