June 1, 2006

Endings and Beginnings

The yin and yang of life has never been more evident than in the past 24 hours...

One of Allentown's most thoughtful civic voices and America's proudest citizens has fallen silent. Dorothy Roth passed away on Tuesday evening. Her cultured South African accent from the land of her birth, and her beautiful manners, will be missed almost as much as her well-written, prodigious letters to the editor that scolded, chided or complimented many of us from the Opinion Pages of The Morning Call. The saying goes that there are none so devoted as the converted. There were certainly none so devoted to the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen of an adopted country, than she.

I met Dorothy Roth in the mid 1990's, when I was hosting a live public affairs television program on Channel 39 - WLVT. I had aired a show on a subject that particularly interested her; drug addiction among teens. She wrote to me and invited me to tea. The last time I'd had such an invitation I was in Miss Primm's Saturday afternoon class for young ladies. We had a lively, lovely, discussion; in great part because I agreed with her, and we became fast friends. Dorothy, it was an honor and a pleasure to know you. I will miss you.




about this blog

Pamela Varkony is a writer and commentator living in Allentown, and a former member of city council. Her "Perspectives" have been gained through her work in the United States and internationally. She is the founder of "Power of Women", and a Commissioner for Pennsylvania Public Television.