Ross Mackenzie

Republican Senator (and Air Force Reserve colonel) Lindsey Graham of South Carolina: "The last thing America needs is another military conflict. But the last thing the world needs is a nuclear-armed Iran. And if you use military force, if sanctions are not going to work and a year from now it's pretty clear they're not going to work, what do our friends in Israel do? So I would like the president to make it abundantly clear that all options are on the table. And we all know what that means."

John Kennedy, in a Sept. 25, 1961 address to the United Nations: "Terror is not a new weapon. Throughout history it has been used by those who could not prevail either by persuasion or example. But inevitably, they fail either because men are not afraid to die for a life worth living, or because the terrorists themselves came to realize that free men cannot be frightened by threats and that aggression would meet its own response. And it is in the light of that history that every nation today should know, be he friend or foe, that the United States has both the will and the weapons to join free men in standing up to their responsibilities.

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James Watson -- Nobel scientist, discoverer of the double helix, and pioneer in the field of modern genetics -- on cancer: "My desire is to cure cancer. That's my only desire....(But it may not happen soon because the Food and Drug Administration) has so many regulations. They don't want you to try a new thing if there's an old thing that might work....So you take the old thing, but we know cancer changes over time and we would really like to get it whacked early, and not late. But the regulations are saying you can't do these things until we give you a lot of s-- drugs. Shouldn't this be the patient's choice to say I would (prefer to) beat the odds with a total cure rather than just to know that I am going to have all my hair fall out and then after a year I'm dead? Why should (the FDA) hold things up?"

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Education writer and commentator Chester Finn, a former assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Education: "Sixty-three years after Sputnik caused an earthquake in American education by giving us reason to believe that the Soviet Union had surpassed us, China has delivered another shock. On math, reading, and science tests given to 15-year-olds in 65 countries last year, Shanghai's teenagers topped every other jurisdiction in all three subjects. Hong Kong also ranked in the top four on all three assessments....China is bent on surpassing us, and everyone else, in education. Will this news be the wake-up call that America needs to get serious about educational achievement? Will it get us beyond excuse-making, bickering over who should do what, and prioritizing adults over children?"


Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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