TRIBUTE TO DOROTHY ROTH -- (House of Representatives - July 11, 2006)

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   (Mr. DENT asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.)

   Mr. DENT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to a constituent of mine who passed away recently.

   Born in South Africa, Dorothy Roth was an extraordinary woman whom I first met while canvassing her neighborhood in the city of Allentown 17 years ago. She immediately invited me into her home to discuss public policy and politics. Accepting that invitation would be among the best decisions I made in my public service life.

   But that was by no means the last visit to Dorothy Roth's home by me. After I was in office, occasionally Dorothy would invite me over for a discussion over tea and hors d'oeuvres. Dorothy praised me when she thought I was doing right, and she never hesitated to admonish me when she thought I was wrong or wasn't helping enough to advance worthy ideas or issues. When Dorothy found a cause, there truly was no better champion.

   Dorothy gushed with pride about her children and her grandchildren. She loved her country and her community. She expected a lot of us in public service, but she expected even more from herself.

   Dorothy had a generous spirit and epitomized what a good citizen should be. More importantly, she was a great person.