"I don't say we ought to misbehave, but we should look as if we could."
"There are few things more fulfilling and fun than learning something new. Great happiness and satisfaction come from this. An education is not limited to formal study. Lifelong learning can increase our ability to appreciate and relish the workings and beauty of the world around us. This kind of learning goes well beyond books and a selective use of new technology. It includes artistic endeavors, experiences with people and places. We should expand ourselves and enjoy the journey. The ultimate goal of an education is to make us better people, better spouses, better parents."
"What happened to journalism? The quantity and quality of journalism have diminished. Journalism—that indispensable, reliable, edited form of information that provides a record of events for community, nation and world.
"Consultants now tell newspapers and broadcasters how to run their businesses. Advice is often based on studies of what sells (murder, fire, accidents.) Profit becomes more important than news. National obsession with celebrities and sports distorts the definition of journalism, and stories about celebrities and athletic events appear on front pages. Newspapers print more sports trivia than local news. On television, celebrity news and reality shows replace documentaries and in depth journalism. Resources are channeled to sports and weather.
"Journalism is in trouble when entertainers such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly call their products news and no one complains. Only uninformed listeners consider the rantings of Hannity or the comedy of Jon Stewart news.
"Going to the Internet for news is like going to the fast-food outlet for nutrition. Fast food is satisfying but it isn't a balanced diet. Relying on the Internet for news leads to mental obesity and clogged thought arteries. One vital role of journalism is to present not only information that interests consumers, but also information good citizens need to make informed decisions. The Internet is a powerful tool for business and a great resource for curious minds. But it is not journalism."Excerpts of editorial by Don GaleDeseret Morning News, May 2, 2009
"I encourage anyone who feels at all compelled to write to do so. I just try to warn people who hope to get published that publication is not all that it is cracked up to be. But writing is. Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. That thing you had to force yourself to do—the actual act of writing—turns out to be the best part. It's like discovering that while you thought you needed the tea ceremony for the caffeine, what you really needed was the tea ceremony. The act of writing turns out to be its own reward."