Quotes of the Week

There is no good-looking Confederate flag. It all stands for the same thing — secession.

Lonnie Randolph, president of the South Carolina chapter of the NAACP, on removing the battle flag from the Capitol grounds

But when we gave up trying to win the support of African-Americans, we lost our moral legitimacy as the party of Lincoln.

Rick Perry in a speech last week in Washington, D.C., in which he said Republicans must reach out to black voters

That’s not the conversation for this day.

State Rep. Cecil Bell Jr., R-Magnolia, disappointing those on Monday who thought he would announce for House speaker

I … shall resist unlawful federal or state court encroachments upon the prerogative of the people of Texas to protect natural marriage.

Irion County Clerk Molly Criner, defying the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage

But it’s not the horrible problems that usually are the things that cause foodborne illness outbreaks. It’s the little things.

Bill Marler, an attorney who specializes in foodborne illnesses, on the challenges in keeping foods safe to eat

The problem we have is not serving healthy foods, but instead of having healthy children we have healthy trash cans.

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller in defense of his new nutrition policy removing a ban on deep fryers in schools