Quoteworthy

* “Canadians need more than thoughts and prayers.”–Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in announcing that Canada–in the aftermath of the recent mass shooting that took 22 lives–is banning the use and trade of assault weapons.

* “We have been fighting with a brutal pandemic for 60 years against the economy of a very small country.”– José Ramón Cabañas, Cuban ambassador to the U.S.

* “America’s shambolic response to the crisis has put a huge dent in our global image as a competent, cutting-edge country.”–Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times.

* “The federal government has done a spectacular job.”–Donald Trump.

* “Really rocking again.”–What the U.S. will be doing by July, according to Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law-adviser.

* Halting financial support to the WHO in the middle of a global pandemic is an act of self-destruction. This life-saving UN organization is, in fact, our first line of defense.”–Robert Bruce Adolph, former UN chief security officer.

* “During this national health emergency, no one should be worried about losing their home.”–Mark Calabria, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, referring to forbearance plans for mortgage payments.

* “White middle and upper middle-class parents may avoid sending their kids to schools with large black and Hispanic populations, because they will begin to associate the virus with those communities–and by doing so, they could actually make those stereotypes more true.”–Kiera Butler, Mother Jones.

* “To suggest that every woman who alleges a sexual assault is as credible as the next is absurd.”–Maureen Dowd, New York Times.

* “This is one of the best performing counties, not just in the state of Florida, but probably in the country.”–Gov. Ron DeSantis, on how Hillsborough County has fared during the coronavirus outbreak.

* “This is truly a no-brainer.”–Florida Public Service Commissioner Julie Brown, on the commission’s unanimous approval of requests from four of the state’s major investor-owned utilities, including TECO, to reduce customer bills to aid with financial hardship from the pandemic.

* “We have really crushed that curve here in our community.”–Mayor Jane Castor.

* “That is a necessity. We can’t ignore that. That has to happen.”–Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Les Miller, on the need for higher impact fees on new home construction for water and sewer services.

* “The truth is none of us are experts in how to re-open a city following a global pandemic.”–St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman.

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