Commentary: Memorable quotes from the past week

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"I am not getting this vaccine. Ever! Never going to get it. I don't care if I'm on my deathbed and they say it can save you, I’m not going to get it. I'm principally now opposed to it, and I do not understand why anyone who is healthy, able-bodied and young would ever get this vaccine if you’re not at risk of COVID."

Political pundit Candace Owens

"You always get rewarded by the basketball gods, and they do exist."

McKinley High School boys' basketball coach Andy Vlajkovich, after the Bulldogs beat the Jackson Polar Bears with a buzzer beater.

"James Madison."

Former President Mike Pence, when asked by a student who told him to certify the 2020 presidential election.

"Vaccines are not a magical means of healing, but they are the most reasonable solution for the prevention of the disease. ... Each of us has a responsibility to care for ourselves and our health. Health care is a moral obligation."

Pope Francis

"I don't care how many candlelight vigils and musical performances you have from the cast of 'Hamilton,' you're not going to convince most normal and sane people that our government last year was almost overthrown by a guy wearing a Viking hat and Speedos."

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida

"She was just real. She'd just flat-out say it. I don't think a lot scared her. She was like somebody's Italian grandmother. That's why, sometimes, she was in hot water."

Barbara Gaskell, creator of the Mother Angelica Museum in Jackson Township, on her enduring appeal.

"My family ruined my dreams."

Music star Britney Spears, who blames her family for placing her under a conservatorship when she experienced mental illness.

"I told myself, 'No, this is America. America gives an opportunity for everybody. Let me take advantage of my opportunity.'"

Francis Otu of Akron, an immigrant who recently earned an associate degree in nursing from Stark State College while working two full-time jobs.

"He's always talked about being a light-giver. He's been that for thousands and thousands of people."

Andy Logan of North Canton, describing his late brother, Jud, a four-time Olympian and track coach who recently died.

"It’s just not worth it. No matter how mad someone may make you on the roadway, the safest option is always to keep driving. Stopping to confront the other driver is simply not worth putting yourself, your family, and others at risk."

Stark County Sheriff George T. Maier, after a man was arrested and charged last week for a road rage-related shooting.

"We don't always want to be a bridesmaid. We want to be a bride now. That shouldn't be our benchmark anymore, getting to a Frozen Four. Now it's got to be to win the whole thing."

Ohio State women's hockey coach Nadine Muzzerall.

"I would quote Jim Jordan from the views that he expressed in the final Benghazi report, where he said that all of the truth must come out. 'Everybody needs to testify, and nobody's got the right to hide anything from Congress.' So, I think he had it right then."

Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, reacting to Rep. Jim Jordan's refusal to meet with the Jan. 6 Committee.

"The antidote that we have seen now, and we have tons and tons of research, is urine therapy."

Christopher Key, an anti-COVID-19-vaccine activist, who is urging people to drink their own urine instead of getting vaccinated.

Charita M. Goshay is a Canton Repository staff writer and a member of the editorial board. Reach her at 330-580-8313 or charita.goshay@cantonrep.com. On Twitter: @cgoshayREP

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