Notable Quotables - 04/30/1990
Tough Love for Lithuania
"Free at last, the
temptation is to exercise all that freedom - fully, quickly and sometimes
unwisely. Often, it means biting the hand that freed and fed you. Lithuania is
the latest and most ludicrous example....There is little more logic to
Lithuania being permitted to unilaterally and unlawfully declare its
independence from the USSR than there would be for Texas to secede from the
USA. Both were grabbed during a war. But both owe much to their modern-day
mother country. Gorby has a right to feel livid about Lithuania. The way you
might feel about a runaway child, tempted to beat him within an inch of his
- USA Today founder Al Neuharth in an April 20 column.
"I eagerly look forward to his next column about how Anne Frank should have been grateful to the Gestapo for providing her with the opportunity to write her best-selling diary."
"Stop humoring that fool [Neuharth]. That he founded the paper should not override the appalling quality of the article."
"In the name of
humanity and decency, how could you print such drivel?"
- Reader reactions printed in USA Today, April 25.
What Have They Got Now?
"The Alternative Is
- Time headline over story on alternatives to Gorbachev
Earth Day Reasoning
knows it's been born into a dying world."
- ABC's Bill Blakemore beginning story on high school students, April 19 World News Tonight.
"The missteps, poor
efforts and setbacks brought on by the Reagan years have made this a more
sober Earth Day. The task seems larger now."
- Today co-host Bryant Gumbel, April 20.
"We need to
re-educate ourselves that the natural organic grown fruits are sometimes a
little smaller, sometimes they have a bruise on them, but they are the ones
that are truly beautiful."
- Good Morning America entertainment reporter Chantal, April 20.
"Any time a
transition is made there's going to be a loss of jobs during that transition
period. Let's face it: people were unemployed when they closed down
- Earth First! spokesman Howie Wolke on job losses caused by environmental regulations on Good Morning America, April 20.
Ortega: Champion of Democracy
"Ortega's defeat is
something American Presidents had sought for ten years. Yet Ortega's
statesman-like acceptance of the voters' decision has prompted some in
Washington to call the Sandinista leader a champion of democracy."
- Today co-host Deborah Norville before interview with Daniel Ortega, April 24.
"We talked to one
observer who told us that if he were awarding the Nobel Prize, he would
nominate Mikhail Gorbachev and Daniel Ortega. What do you think of that?"
- one of Norville's questions to Ortega.
Unemployment Down, But...
government says the nation's unemployment rate dipped one-tenth of a point in
March to 5.2 percent. That's the first drop in nine months now. Some analysts,
however, are calling that a quirk. They point out that the creation of new
jobs was at the lowest level in four years."
- Tom Brokaw on the NBC Nightly News, April 6.
Department today said the economy generated only 26,000 new jobs in March, the
smallest increase in almost four years. But that was enough to help push the
civilian unemployment rate down one-tenth of a point to 5.2 percent."
- Dan Rather on the CBS Evening News, same night.
"This is Marlboro
country, southeastern Poland, a place where the transition from communism to
capitalism is making more people more miserable every day....No lines at the
shops now, but plenty at some of the first unemployment centers in a part of
the world where socialism used to guarantee everybody a job."
- CBS News reporter Burt Quint on the April 11 CBS Evening News.
No Respect for the Secret Police
"Once employment by
the elite Stasi was a way of life. Now it is the curse of Dieter's existence.
'Everybody ha forgotten that we worked to make this country safe,' he
says...Though the Stasis propped up an unpopular communist regime for more
than four decades and were notorious for their disregard of privacy and
occasional beatings of prisoners, Dieter cannot understand why so much
loathing is aimed his way."
- Unbylined story in Time, April 23.
Havel's Role Models
unwavering toward that lightness of being. Think of Adlai Stevenson, and
Martin Luther King, and Joan Baez, and maybe even Woody Allen. But there
aren't really any exact American analogues for such a poet hero, who strikes
us with laughter instead of a sword."
- CBS Sunday Morning cultural critic John Leonard, April 15.
Taxes Are Just Too Low
"The overall tax
burden for Americans, local, state and federal, is actually quite low....The
fact is Americans could pay more taxes and the country wouldn't go down the
tube. Taxpayers don't believe this because they are being conned by the
politicians....The truth is that the United States needs higher taxes and can
afford them. Some political leaders are now starting to say that, but until
more say it, the country will remain in trouble."
- Commentator John Chancellor on the NBC Nightly News, April 17.
Reagan's Awful Axe
philanthropy...is not stepping in with its 'thousand points of light' to
replace the programs of human service that the Reaganite axe so mercilessly
- Washington Post book reviewer Jonathan Yardley, April 8.
Nixon on His Friends
"The press and the
politicians they cover are frequently at odds, but they have one thing in
common: a very low rating in the public opinion polls. Most people believe
that the press is biased toward liberal causes, and I agree."
- Richard Nixon in the April 2 Time.
- L. Brent
Bozell III; Publisher
- Brent H. Baker, Tim Graham; Editors
- Jim Heiser, Gerard Scimeca, Stewart Verdery, Dorothy Warner; Media Analysts
- Kristin Kelly; Administrative Assistant