published Sunday, January 26th, 2014


The most memorable quotes in the Chattanooga Times Free Press for Jan. 19-25.

"It is a decision that by its nature is difficult, but the reality is that it is overdue."

-- Erlanger CEO Kevin Spiegel on the health system's move away from a traditional pension plan to a retirement savings plan similar to a 401(k)

"On Lookout Mountain, if somebody's house gets broken into, it's big news because that hardly ever happens."

-- Consultant Dwight Montague on the decision by Lookout Mountain, Tenn., and Lookout Mountain, Ga., to install automatic license-plate-reader cameras after a rash of summer break-ins

"You have to understand that the unwilling community who are always talking about a problem that is older than most of them will never be a source of the solution."

-- Jim Summey, executive director of the High Point Community Against Violence, about skeptics of Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's Violence Reduction Initiative. Summey asserts that only a handful of true believers is needed to launch the program

"I've interviewed 300 of the world's top scientists to get the best understanding of the future, and they tell me that, 'Hey, we're training a lot of people to graduate into the unemployment line.'"

-- Physicist, futurist and author Michio Kaku, on a talk at Chattanooga State Community College on how higher education needs to change

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