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Dent continues to stand up for ‘sensible center’

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

On Sept. 10, U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, hosted what was supposed to be a “formal announcement” concerning his intentions next year. But news of his retirement leaked Sept. 7. Dent revealed his intentions to a few of his congressional colleagues, and they spilled the beans.

“They’re wonderful friends, but they have big mouths,” Dent joked Sept. 10 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Allentown.

“I just wanted to say thank you to everybody in this room,” Dent said, who apologized for interrupting one of the biggest sports weekends of the year.

PBS 39 TOWN HALL

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Toomey on Obamacare: ‘Not OK to just tear it up’

Fairly or unfairly, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., has come under heavy criticism for refusing to meet his constituents at one of those increasingly raucous town halls. One group calling itself Tuesdays with Toomey actually camps outside his legislative offices weekly. On Aug. 31, it was Thursday with Toomey, a one-hour televised town hall at the Steelstacks’ PBS-39 Studios before a small crowd of 54 people and nine reporters and photographers.

‘We will continue to dance’

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Opinion

Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, 29, killed 50 people and wounded another 53 at a gay nightclub in Orlando early Saturday in what is being called the worst mass shooting slaughter in the last 34 years.

In a call to 9-1-1 shortly before the rampage, the gunman swore allegiance to the Islamic State. But if his intention was to strike fear into the hearts of the gay community, the would be terrorist failed.