'I Speak Hendren': The Best Quotes of 2009

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 28, 2009 12:00 am  

"Right now the industry is shifting from television to the Web - that is where it is all going to. I'm from the old school."

- B.J. Sams, KTHV-TV, Channel 11, anchor who retired in July after 50 years in broadcasting


"This keeps as many people on the job as possible."

- Deputy Editor Frank Fellone, referring to the mandatory furlough policy instituted in March by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, not long after the newspaper announced it had cut 50 to 60 people throughout its statewide operations


"The global economic situation has created a shortfall in donations of around 22 percent from this time last year. We did our best to avoid layoffs but have had to make some extremely difficult decisions to ensure Heifer's sustainable community development work for years to come."

- Jo Luck, Heifer's president and CEO, announcing that 20 percent of Heifer's staff was being laid off


"I'm sick of this. I've hired an attorney and I shouldn't have had to. I wouldn't do anything like they're alleging, and it's really frustrating."

- Julie Benafield Bowman, former commissioner of the Arkansas Insurance Department, who was accused by attorneys for the Arkansas Surgical Hospital of North Little Rock of having a conflict of interest when she interpreted the state's "any willing provider" legislation in a manner favorable to insurers and costly to the state's three surgical hospitals




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