The Week in Quotes (July 3 – 9)

Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.

The Houston Chronicle’s editorial board, on Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick showing more interest “in pursuing a quixotic ideological crusade than in responding to the needs” of all Texans.

Engaging the real issues, though, the issues that affect the vast majority of Texans, requires hard work, good-faith negotiation and a willingness to compromise — qualities that may be beyond the reach of the true believer who occupies the lieutenant governor’s office.

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Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University, on a letter signed by 31 major scientific groups that urges Congress to stop denying climate change.

It is clear to most of us, including many of the leaders of those scientific societies, that traditional modes of communication no longer achieve their purpose in a world where ideologically-driven opinions supersede facts any day. At the same time, however, it makes sense for the societies not to abandon their traditional approach of making statements.

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Chuck Smith, CEO of Equality Texas, condemning Ken Paxton’s request for an injunction against the Obama administration’s guidance on transgender students in public schools.

Now, the attorney general has determined to waste millions more in an obviously futile attempt to prevent our transgender citizens, and in particular transgender kids, from being afforded the most basic dignity to use the bathroom, despite the fact that the Fourth Circuit and various government agencies have made the law clear.

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President Barack Obama, on the attack on police officers in Dallas.

I believe I speak for every single American when I say we are horrified over these events, and we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas.

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