"We used to have three income levels: poverty or lower income, middle class and high income. The middle class is gone." — Vicky Vasconi Hale, a California Democrat responding to a Dec. 8 Bloomberg poll about tax cuts. The poll, conducted before, during and after President Barack Obama's compromise to extend tax breaks for the wealthy, found only one-third of respondents supported extension of the cuts.
"CORRECTION: I am sorry to disappoint all the readers who wished to apply for the position, but New Orleans does not employ a 'sex assessor.' That was a misprint in Wednesday's column. It should have read 'tax assessor.' Slips don't come much more Freudian than that." — The Times-Picayune's James Gill, in an online addendum to a February column. That clarification was cited as one of the best of the year by Regret the Error, a journalism website that tracks outrageous newspaper errors and corrections.