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Friday, February 1, 2013
Ed Koch--"A Liberal with sanity"-- dead at 88
Former New York City Mayor,Ed Koch
"You punch me, I punch back," Koch once memorably observed. "I do not
believe it's good for one's self-respect to be a punching bag."
"Under his watch from 1978-89, the city climbed out of near-financial
ruin thanks to Koch's tough fiscal policies and razor-sharp budget cuts,
and subway service improved enormously."
His tombstone is inscribed
"He was fiercely proud of his Jewish faith. He fiercely defended the
City of New York, and he fiercely loved its people. Above all, he loved
his country, the United States of America, in whose armed forces he
served in World War II."