Quotes by: Major Owens

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Major Owens
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 11th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Shirley Chisholm
Succeeded by Yvette Clarke
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 12th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Edolphus Towns
Succeeded by Nydia Velazquez
Member of the New York Senate
from the 17th district
In office
January 1, 1975 – December 31, 1982
Preceded by Chester J. Straub
Succeeded by Howard E. Babbush
Personal details
Born (1936-06-28)June 28, 1936
Collierville, Tennessee
Died October 21, 2013(2013-10-21) (aged 77)
New York City, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Maria Cuprill
Alma mater Morehouse College
Clark Atlanta University
Occupation Librarian
Religion Baptist

I have a great deal of respect and admiration for people who put themselves on the line.
Major Owens
Therefore, you are not training young people for the world of today and the world of tomorrow unless you are doing proven technology training. That is one of the reasons I'm so concerned.
Major Owens
We can close the gap and improve what happens in the classroom by using educational technology that is the same high quality everywhere.
Major Owens
There's a whole set of values, spawned by the vocal and highly visible Republicans, that appeal to the worst in people. Our society is moving in that direction.
Major Owens
In preparation for it, we need to have folks who are trained, we need facilities, equipment and supplies, that are going to be built into our society, and we are going to spend a lot of money on it.
Major Owens
It was the best route to get folks to understand segregation fast. Civil rights and women's rights had a clear history. Making the transition to rights for people with disabilities became easier because we had the history of the other two.
Major Owens
Competition is such a virtue, and everybody's so busy competing, they have no time for compassion.
Major Owens
The kind of society which we still have is maybe, in some cases, getting worse. Competition is becoming a virtue. Intense competition drives people to go more and more into self-interest. Even to see other folks as competition.
Major Owens
I would like to spend my next two years showing how the aim of making technology available to every young person can be built into the effort to make our nation more secure. That is my latest concern and what I will be pushing over the next two years.
Major Owens
Even if gas prices fall, consumers will continue to be gouged at the pump the only thing that we can be sure rises faster that the price of gasoline is the skyrocketing profits of oil companies.
Major Owens
People didn't always see a person with a disability who had to use a ramp or elevator as people who have been given unnecessary privileges. But I run into that often now. People are saying, 'Why do we have to go to great expense for these people?'
Major Owens
It's a sad day when the leaders of the free world engage in such deception and trickery. I voted against this unnecessary war and will continue to argue that the best way to support our troops is to bring them home.
Major Owens
The whole community of people with disabilities was alive, politically alive. I give Justin Dart credit for that. He traveled to every state in the country. He really made people with disabilities understand that they had some political power.
Major Owens
The ownership of computers in the home is far less than the statistics show, because usually when the computer breaks down once, that is the end of it for a long, long time. They do not have the money or incentive to get the computer repaired.
Major Owens
Children are already accustomed to a world that moves faster and is more exciting than anything a teacher in front of a classroom can do.
Major Owens
Excitement in education and student productivity, the ability to get a result that you want from students, go together and cannot be separated.
Major Owens
I will continue my activities related to education in one way or another. I certainly would have at the top my agenda, with respect to education, the need to do much better with modern educational technology.
Major Owens
We need to get ready for a world where terrorism will not ever fully go away.
Major Owens
There's a kind of sick security some people get out of keeping away from people with disabilities. They are running away from any situation that's not totally pure and all-American and that requires them to do any thinking.
Major Owens
He testified that when you looked at it through the eyes of 'let's do it', the costs were very small. They were less than they'd had to spend to host a convention of transportation executives. The cost was not that great.
Major Owens
Those involved in the program are interested in how to use photography, videos, the Internet, film, and anything related to communications and transmission of information in the most up-to-date modern ways.
Major Owens
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