“Every day, there are gunshots. Nobody does anything. By the time (police) respond, it’s hours later and then who’s around?”
Neasha Lott-Newell, after two of her neighbors were shot and killed in their Ellisdale townhouse complex in Canton.
“I’m not walking anything back. I was expressing moral outrage, and I make no apologies.”
President Joe Biden, after being criticized for saying that Russia President Vladimir Putin needs to leave office.
“I’ve seen a lot of things (overseas). This is still the best country on earth.”
Vietnam veteran Ulysses Kendall, speaking at a “welcome home” program for Vietnam veterans last week in Massillon.
“Canton lost one of its biggest cheerleaders. He was always a generous man. He loved our kids and he loved our district.”
Canton City Board of Education member JR Rinaldi, lauding the late Rod Meadows, an architect and civic advocate.
“When people struggle in baseball, it’s just baseball. You go 0-for-4 and it’s a game. I’m not sleeping in my car. If I got through that, I can get through this.”
Philadelphia Phillies prospect Donny Sands, who was once homeless.
“This little artifact helps us understand better the history, story, and impact of the Bible — all within one square inch.”
Museum of the Bible CEO Harry Hargrave, on the discovery of a one-inch artifact in Israel which bears the earliest known example of the word “Yahweh” which is Hebrew for “God.”
“If they can stop fighting for a week or 10 days, maybe they can stop fighting for two weeks. If they stop for two weeks, maybe they can stop for a month. If they stop for a month, maybe they can stop for good You’ve got to start somewhere.”
Rev. Franklin Graham calling for a cease-fire in Ukraine during Holy Week.
“They’ve never had a crowd this big in this big area of big crowds.”
Former President Donald Trump disputing reports that his recent rally in Georgia drew a sparse crowd.
“I’ve known them a good many years. We’ve been through joys and sorrow together. I hope they get a new location.”
Jean Brown, a longtime customer of Lindsey’s Restaurant in Canton, who is seeking a new location.
“Will Smith just smacked the **** out of me.”
Comedian Chris Rock, after being attacked by the actor during the Academy Awards, when Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada.
“If I see a Black person on TV, it’s usually about a crime that they have committed. They were actually making me scared of my own people. There was a fear being instilled in me very young when watching the news.”
Sajda Blackwell of Philadelphia, on how local TV news skewed its coverage the Black community.
“I reached out to Joe Biden several times — crickets, nothing. He still hasn’t replied. So it just shows how much of a man he is to not sit down and talk.”
Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted last year of all charges in connection with a shooting that killed two people and injured a third during a protest in Wisconsin.
“God just came and said, ‘I called you to this and you didn’t engage full-throttle.’ He gave me the passion and the training to step into it. I said, ‘Go send me, Father. I will follow you anywhere.’ I followed him to Massillon, Ohio.”
The Rev. Sarah Koons, the new pastor of First Christian Church in Massillon
“You can’t invite people from Philly or Baltimore nowhere.”
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith, following a controversy involving her husband, Will, at last week’s Academy Awards.
“I don’t eat sandwiches. I can’t.”
St. Peter’s University basketball star Doug Edert, who describes himself as an extremely picky eater who has never eaten a sandwich.
Charita M. Goshay is a Canton Repository staff writer and a member of the editorial board. Reach her from ella at 330-580-8313 or email@example.com. On Twitter: @cgoshayREP