QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”

– President Barack Obama making a statement on the shooting deaths of 27 people Friday in Newtown, Conn.

“Many significant reforms were enacted that will provide for a safer, healthier and more prosperous future for all residents and will be instrumental in continuing Michigan’s comeback and creating more and better jobs.”

– Gov. Rick Snyder on the Michigan legislature’s lame duck session that ended at about 4:30 a.m. Friday.

 

“Victory will be ours in the end. Our weapon is our vote.”

— State Rep. Shanelle Jackson, D-Detroit, on Tuesday’s passage of the Michigan’s Right-to-work legislation.

“When they called to notify us (of the grant award), I was speechless. Someone nominated us on the Facebook page … There was about 21,000 nominations across the U.S. and we’re one of 140 that were chosen. This truly is an unexpected Christmas gift.”

– Joni Thompson, co-founder of the Angels of Action which received a $10,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. The local nonprofit organization plans to use the funding to purchase food for its Backpack Blessings program, which provides bags of food on the weekends to hungry children.

 

“ If you have to stop at a stoplight that you don’t think you should, you’re going to speed up to make up some of that time. We find if you put a lot of them in back-to-back, your speeds between lights will increase, so you’re doing the opposite of what you’re intending to do.”

– Pam Blazo, Michigan Department of Transportation traffic and safety engineer, on a traffic study of Perry Avenue between U.S. 131 and Northland Drive that was requested by Big Rapids Township in November.

 

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