Student or Learner
Is there a rule that indicates when to introduce a quote with a colon and when to do it with a comma? If there isn't then I assume that consistency is important on deciding which alternative to use?
Also, can you use a period before a quote, for example...
After three hours of testimony, the senators spoke to the press about what they heard. "The information brought tears to my eyes," Senator Schmidt said.
Also, is this sentence correct . . .
In January '90, he wrote to the Nebraska Secretary of State Alan Beerman, "........"
Or do I need a word like "saying" after "Beerman"?