Quoteworthy

* “The Chinese official health statistics are insanely implausible. … It’s simply not plausible that a virus that has proven wildly contagious in every other country suddenly became shy and socially awkward once it entered the jurisdiction of the Chinese Communist Party.”–Jim Geraghty, National Review.

* “(President) Eisenhower was fascinated by covert action … he turned the CIA into a private presidential army.”–Historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

* “It’s just so heart-breaking. It was hard enough last year, but now you know that you have a way to prevent this.”—Dr. Paul Offit, infectious disease expert at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

* “Many experts have recommended testing negative to end isolation after you have COVID, but it’s really hard to find tests right now.”–Kaiser Family Foundation public health expert Larry Levitt.

* “I think that the challenge that we face is that the (Jan. 6) attacks on our democracy are continuing—they didn’t come to an end on Jan. 6.”—Select House committee member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who also chairs the House Intelligence Committee.

* “Serious men and women need to lead the two great parties. Let’s hope our political battling never ends—it’s a central mark of our freedom. But it needs perspective. Now.”–Hugh Hewitt, Salem Network radio-show host and president of the Nixon Foundation.

* “The Senate must evolve, like it has many times before.”–Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, on the need to change the Senate’s filibuster rules.

* “Broadband should be treated as an essential utility with universal public access. … Market competition won’t give us the broadband infrastructure we need; state and federal governments need to step in to make high-speed internet truly universal.”–Paul Prescod, Jacobin.

* “One think tank’s study found that canceling up to $50,000 in student debt per person would immediately increase black wealth by 40 percent.”–Katrina vanden Heuval, The Nation.

* “This is a once-in-a-generation market that we’re in.”–Casey Babb, executive managing director at the Tampa office of Colliers International, on the 24 percent increase in Tampa Bay rents.

* “The eyeballs of the country are going to start looking at St. Petersburg and the whole Bay Area and say, ‘This is where I need to be because the smart people are there.’”–Chris Steinocher, president and CEO of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.

* “I’m hoping that my legacy will be that when people look back, they’ll say that I shifted the culture of the city to one that was focused more on equity and trying to lift everyone up.”–Outgoing St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman.

* “(Rick Kriseman) and I are brothers in arms. The results … speak volumes about how cooperation trumps parochialism.”–Former Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

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