Talking Points: Did You See What They Said?

"We have seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. At times, it can seem like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together." — Former President George W. Bush (Thursday, Politico)"Some of the politics we see now, we thought we put that to bed. That has folks looking 50 years back. It's the 21st century, not the 19th century. Come on!" — Former President Barack Obama (Thursday, The New York Times)"In which of those instances should I not have spoken out? At what point should you not stand up and say, 'This is not right; this is not conservative; this is not where Republicans ought to be?'" — Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, on Donald Trump's comments about Obama birther theories, Mexicans and a ban on Muslims traveling to the U.S. (Sunday, The New York Times)"You want to give this complicated legal analysis a human side, but you're literally dragging the litigation so long that people are passing away. It's nuts." — Allison Riggs, an attorney with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, on the redistricting battle in Texas outliving a voter who sued the state. (Wednesday, Texas Tribune)"For women on the force it's like seeing light up ahead. They can envision themselves sticking it out like she did, putting in for the promotion and moving up and trying to change the culture of their agency."-- Catherine Sanz, executive director of Women in Federal Law Enforcement on the promotion of Carla Provost to acting chief of the U.S. Border Patrol (Wednesday, Texas Observer)"More likely, if your job is being disrupted it's because of technology." -- Robert Kaplan, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (Thursday, Texas Tribune)"We can see them, they can see us. But in a way, it can be negative because we're always being watched." — Border Patrol Agent Theron Francisco on see-through walls on the Mexican border (Wednesday,"The only place we should be building a wall is around Harvey Weinstein." — The Daily Show host Trevor Noah (Thursday, The New York Times)"His comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents Obama and Bush never contacted their families are so beyond the pale."--San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich on President Donald Trump (Monday, The Nation)"In my case, hours after my son was killed, his friends were calling us from Afghanistan, telling us what a great guy he was. Those are the only phone calls that really mattered." — White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in his remarks on Trump's phone call to a military widow (Friday, Politico)"'Low' would be sexually harassing staffers and then getting fired for it — humiliated in front of the world. Now THAT would be low." — CNN's Jake Tapper in response to Bill O'Reilly's tweet about Tapper's ratings (Wednesday, Twitter)What's your view?Got an opinion about this issue? Send a letter to the editor, and you just might get published.  Continue reading...

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