"It used to be that a rising tide lifted all boats, that economic growth meant that everyone, even the poor, benefited by being lifted out of poverty. In this country, that is no longer as true, and in Los Angeles it is particularly not the case."
--Paul Ong, a UCLA professor who oversaw a study on Los Angeles' widening income gap.
"Frankly, it's nothing to concern ourselves with."
--Erwin Okun of the Walt Disney Co., on the ethical issues confronting U.S. companies doing business in China in the wake of that nation's crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.