* The experience of other
countries shows that softness and liberality are allies of the
* “The low number of
confirmed cases in published reports does not show the true number of people
who have been infected by the virus in Miami, or anywhere else in the USA, for
that matter. It only reflects where we should be testing.” Excerpt from a letter issued by 75 emergency room doctors, nurses and physicians’ assistants
in Miami, the epicenter of Florida’s outbreak.
* “Today nearly all adults
are eligible to vote, and yet because of the Electoral College, their votes do
not count the same, and the candidate who gets the most can, and does, lose.
… If candidates knew that they needed the most votes in the country, rather
than the most votes in a few key districts in a few battleground states, they
would base their appeals on what voters wanted rather than on where they
happened to live.”–Jesse Wegman,
author of “Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the
* “Many people consider
the things government does for them to be social progress, but they regard the
things government does for others as socialism.”–Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren.
* “We’re talking about a
president who is basically doing what Herbert Hoover did at the beginning of
the Depression and minimizing the danger and refusing to use available federal
action. And people are going to die, and they shouldn’t, they don’t have to, if
we could get the support that we’re asking for.”–New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
* “The typical modus
operandi from (Trump) is to bluff, is to fake, is to deny. He always was more
focused on who he could blame versus fixing the problem.”–Jack O’Donnell, former president of
Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.
* “The only industry that
hasn’t been slowed down by the virus is the lobbying industry.”–Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., on the frantic efforts by lobbyists to get a
piece of a proposed $2 trillion relief package.
* “When a scourge is upon
us, immunization starts looking pretty good.”–Los Angeles Times.
* “Those three-word
sentences can make all the difference: ‘I miss you.’ ‘I love you.'”–New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
* “For us to stay open
right now was just not the right thing. The social responsibility that we
possess is much greater than the need for group dining right now.”–Ferrell Alvarez, co-owner of Proper, a Tampa restaurant.
* “Social distancing is
essential to defeat this pandemic, however, we should be very mindful of the
consequences of social isolation. … For many (abuse) victims and survivors,
staying at home is not the safest option.”–Dr. Abraham Salinas-Miranda, director of the Harrell Center for the
Study of Family Violence at USF.
* “There is no precedent.
Whatever we have experienced, it’s not this.”–Visit St. Pete/Clearwater CEO
* “I do know one thing for
certain: When this has passed, people will need the beautiful, historic Tampa
Theatre more than ever as a place to gather, embrace each other, and celebrate
our collective humanity once again.”–John
Bell, president and CEO of Tampa
Theatre, in announcing that the theatre was extending its COVID closure
until at least April 30.
* “We’re very much
planning in the dark. … The good news is because we have worked so hard to
build Tampa Bay’s platform, we have got a shot of more rapid recovery than
most.”–Bob Morrison, head of
the Hillsborough County Hotel and Motel Association.