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Rockefeller the Owl and other wise quotes of the week

Dolly Parton on COVID-19, Chief Hall on homicides, Gary Kelly on the 737 Max, and much more

“He treated everybody the same. It didn’t matter what income, how you looked, what you did, even if you had a mental health issue. … We don’t refuse service because you don’t have a mask on.” — Dallas police Officer Tracy Starks on her late colleague, Sgt. Bronc “Bronco” McCoy, the first Dallas police officer to die of COVID-19. (Wednesday, Dallas Morning News)

“I’m just happy that anything I do can help somebody else, and when I donated the money to the COVID fund, I just wanted it to do good. Evidently, it is.” — Musician Dolly Parton, whose $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University’s COVID research led to the development of the Moderna vaccine. (Tuesday, Today)

“I would consider school an essential service. Those other things are not essential services. The smarter we are about being very responsive to trends in transmission — to closing indoor restaurants sooner — the longer you’re likely to be able to keep schools open.” — Dr. Céline Gounder, an infectious disease specialist at Bellevue Hospital Center and adviser to President-elect Joe Biden. (Monday, New York Times)

I am going to be flying on the Max before we return the aircraft to service — and the same is true for many other Southwest leaders.” — Southwest Airlines chief executive Gary Kelly, on plans for the Boeing 737 Max. The FAA has rescinded its order to ground the planes after Boeing made updates following two plane crashes. (Wednesday, Dallas Morning News)

We are in a horrific and tragic state. … And these individuals are empowered by the weapons that they carry and so we are being proactive.” — Dallas Police Chief Reneé Hall, on the large number of homicides this month. (Monday, Dallas Morning News)

“History is what it is, and we shouldn’t tear it down or cover it up. But I will say a school is not a statue. It is not a monument. It is not history. By definition, a school is something that is living and organic and evolves with time.” — Garland ISD Trustee Wes Johnson, on a vote to drop South Garland High School’s mascot, the colonel, as a remnant of Confederate symbolism. (Tuesday, Dallas Morning News)

“We went everywhere in that thing. It was a freedom, but not a traditional 1950s nostalgia freedom. It was freedom from public transportation and dependency on rides from people.” — Dallas artist Giovanni Valderas, whose life-sized piñata of a beat-up 1986 Nissan Sentra is on display at the Nasher Sculpture Center. He said the art is a tribute to his mother and her car. (Tuesday, Dallas Morning News)

“I’ll tell y’all right now why I think Twitter won’t give us an edit feature. Because they’re no fools, that’s why. The biggest draw to Twitter is the unedited mouth of fools, sages, hotheads, sycophants, the all-around too-fed-up-to-shut-up & those who tweet after taking Ambien.” — Author Beth Moore (Wednesday, Twitter)

He looked up at me and I was relieved to see that he was looking in relatively good shape. The fact that he traveled for a three-day trip, or whatever it took, and he came in not terrible shape, is impressive.” — Ellen Kalish, founder and director of the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, N.Y., after answering a call to rescue a tiny owl hiding in the 75-foot-tall Norway spruce that traveled from Oneonta, N.Y., to Rockefeller Center. The owl, who arrived in Manhattan in better shape than the tree, has been named Rockefeller. (Thursday, Washington Post)

Elizabeth Souder. Elizabeth edits opinion commentary for the daily Viewpoints page and the Sunday Points section. She started with the Dallas Morning News in 2005 as the energy reporter. After seven years, left for the marketing world, before returning in 2015 to the editorial board. Prior to returning home to Dallas, she worked for Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal in New York covering airlines and in Frankfurt covering German bonds and banks. She holds Plan II liberal arts and journalism degrees from the University of Texas.

esouder@dallasnews.com /esouderphilyaw @esouder
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