Friday, October 19, 2012
The Montgomery County Commissioner mourned the late Senator as someone who strove to make government work in spite of political differences of opinion.
Friday, October 19, 2012
In his closing comments at Thursday morning's Montgomery County Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Bruce L. Castor, Jr. spoke at some length about the recent death of Senator Arlen Specter, praising him as a great Pennsylvania statesman who did not allow political differences with his colleagues to make "practical" decisions that allowed the government to function properly on behalf of the people. A full transcript of Castor's remarks follows. Montgomery County, in my judgement, lost a great friend this week in Senator Arlen Specter. There is no question that from a political standpoint, Senator Specter marched to his own drum, but there's an entire body of work that the public might not know about when you're dealing with a …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Vice President Joe Biden was among those to speak about the 82-year-old former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania who died Sunday.
Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) was remembered by loved ones Tuesday as a man of independence, virtue and influence, with well over 1,000 people, including Vice President Joe Biden, filling a suburban Philadelphia synagogue for his funeral. Har Zion Temple in Lower Merion Township's Penn Valley held the 90-minute ceremony before Specter, who died Sunday at 82 in his Philadelphia home, was to be buried in Huntington Valley. Pallbearers wheeled his American flag-draped casket out of the temple as Frank Sinatra's "My Way" played. Before the funeral, the Specter family greeted a steady stream of mourners that began pouring in more than two hours early. Many of those who waited were heard talking politics, as might be expected at the …
Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter was buried in a late afternoon service at Shalom Memorial Park in Huntingdon Valley.
Hundreds of people came out as former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter was laid to rest Tuesday afternoon in Huntingdon Valley. A swift-moving funeral procession, lead by the elite Philadelphia Police Department's Highway Patrol unit, moved up Byberry Road and into Shalom Memorial Park. Shortly after the procession arrived, the burial service began. As the service progressed, several military members played "Taps" as Specter was laid to rest in a shaded area of the tree-filled cemetery. Several attendees were seen wiping tears from their eyes. Members of the media and several bystanders gathered in a clearing along Byberry Road to try to catch a view of the ceremony. Specter was remembered by friends, family and colleagues at a service earlier in …
Vice President Joe Biden plans to attend the service. Specter, the former U.S. senator, died Sunday at 82.
A funeral for former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) will be held at noon Tuesday at Har Zion Temple in Lower Merion, Montgomery County. The service is open to the public; cameras and recording devices are prohibited. Specter will then be buried in Huntingdon Valley, Montgomery County. Among those expected to attend the funeral is Vice President Joe Biden, USA Today reported. Har Zion's address is 1500 Hagys Ford Road, Narberth, PA 19072; it is less than a mile from the Gladwyne exit (Exit 337) of Interstate 76. The temple's phone number is 610-667-5000, and general email inquiries are accepted at email@example.com. Specter, 82, died Sunday at his home in Philadelphia's East Falls neighborhood. Gov. Tom Corbett has ordered all flags in …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Nick Mattiacci is the Republican candidate for State Rep. in the 153rd Legislative District.
Monday, October 15, 2012
To the editor: Like so many, I was saddened to hear of the passing of United States Senator Arlen Specter. I humbly write this to honor him because in this day of partisan divide, a politician who stands for ideals over ideology should be celebrated. Senator Specter will be categorized by some as a political opportunist however, I always envisioned him as a leader who had the moral courage to take a stand for his beliefs. I always enjoyed watching Senator Specter campaign because whether he speaking to senior citizens or high school seniors, Senator Specter had the uncanny ability to connect with each individual. What I respected most about Senator Specter was that he boldly held the belief that being on the right and being right were …
Sunday, October 14, 2012
The former U.S. Senator fought a long battle with cancer.
Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter died Sunday, according to CNN, at age 82 in his Philadelphia home. Specter represented Pennsylvania in the Senate for 30 years. Specter started as a Democrat but switched to the Republican party before being elected to the U.S. Senate. The senator made headlines in 2009 when he switched to the Democratic Party. Specter announced his diagnosis of Hodgkin's disease in 2005. He underwent multiple treatments of chemotherapy and finally succumbed to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma Sunday. Sen. Pat Toomey released the following statement, “A man of sharp intelligence and dogged determination, Sen. Specter dedicated his life to public service and the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. His impact on our state and public policy …