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The document does not work by itself. It requires a few good men.

U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas), holding a copy of the Constitution on the Senate floor and paying tribute to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for leading the ultimately losing effort to block new campaign-finance restrictions. The regulations, which opponents point out violate the First Amendment, passed the Senate last week, and President Bush indicated he would sign them into law.

We never plan on air rage as the foundation for our budget.

Rebecca Hupp, manager of Bangor International Airport, on the reduced revenue for the airport after a decline in air rage incidents since Sept. 11. The Maine airport is a common place for international flights to stop and dislodge unruly passengers, and it earns a profit-up to $2,500 per plane-for the service. Last year, the Bangor airport made $50,000 in landing fees due to air rage, but only one plane has made such a stop since the terrorist attacks.

We've worked hard to earn that distinction.

Chuck Karparis, mayor of Montpelier, Vt., on Odor Eaters' designation of the city as "the rotten sneaker capital of the world." Each year the city hosts a rotten sneakers contest in which contestants from across the country send smelly shoes to a panel of sniffers in Montpelier.

I pray it doesn't start again.

Peruvian Regina Fetzer, on the possible resurgence of the violent Peruvian Maoist group Shining Path. Officials in Peru suspect that Shining Path is behind a car bomb explosion in front of the U.S. embassy in Lima last week that killed at least nine. The attack came three days before President Bush's scheduled visit.

I've never seen such a dramatic change disappear so quickly.

Pollster Andrew Kohut, on the spike and then falloff in the influence of religion in America after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Mr. Kohut found that three-fourths of Americans thought the influence of religion was increasing at the end of last year, but now 52 percent think religion's influence is decreasing.