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Big announcements made during event

Friday, November 13, 2009

Clay County Democratic Committe Chairman Joe Broyles (left) speaks with United States Congressman Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) Friday evening before the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at Traditions. Ellsworth, who spoke earlier than scheduled, left before dinner due to a prior committment. Ivy Jacobs Photo.
While the guest of honor could not stay for the entire event, Friday's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner did not go without intrigue.

Citing a prior commitment, guest speaker and United States Congressman Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) made his speech and left before dinner started, but made his presence felt in the meantime.

"There should be no party politics because we all need to work together for the benefit of everyone," Ellsworth told The Brazil Times.

Ellsworth added his prior experience as Vanderburgh County Sheriff has been a benefit in Washington, as it has allowed him to use those skills as a way to get to real truths.

After Ellsworth made his leave, local politicians helped fill the gap.

Upon making their respective ways to the podium, Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh, along with Clay County Council members Rita Rothrock, Dolores Johnson and Steve Withers announced their intentions to run for re-election in 2010.

A bit of a surprise occurred during the event as Attorney Charles Hear revealed to those in attendance he would be running for the position of Clay County Prosecutor.

"I'm not looking to be something, I want to do something," Hear said during his announcement.

Citing a slogan he received from his clients, Hear added, "I am looking forward to fighting for the citizens of Clay County."

Addressing economical concerns, District 44 Indiana State Representative Nancy Michael, made a call out to her fellow politicians.

"Now is the time to be wise in our spending," she said. "It is important to prioritize what is needed at the state level."

Clay County Council President Mike McCullough reiterated Ellsworth's comments about not drawing party affiliation lines.

"We have the best people working on behalf of the citizens of Clay County," he said to the crowd. "They leave politics in the parking lot."

McCullough also commended District 43 Indiana State Representative Clyde Kersey -- who also spoke during the event -- for his hard work and always attending political events in Clay County.

Ellsworth will be the guest speaker during a town hall meeting conducted by the Clay County Chamber of Commerce Monday, Nov. 23, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., in the St. Vincent Clay Medical Office Building Community Room.

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Strange. Brad gives a speech and speeds out of town? Hmmm. He acts like someone who might have voted for the Obama/Pelosi trillion dollar socialized health care package that none of us wanted. The Brazil Times might want to ask a few simple questions like, how this affects medicare, access to doctors, choice of meds etc. (I'll be shocked if he shows up for the town hall on Monday).

-- Posted by tenspeed1984 on Sat, Nov 14, 2009, at 8:28 AM

Brad Ellsworth was due in Sullivan that evening and could not stay for dinner. I am sad that the Brazil times staff didn't mention that fact. He did however stay from 5 to 7:30pm for anyone who had any questions. Perhaps the citizens of Brazil that complain - might have taken the time to ask their Congressman any question they wish as Ellsworth said he will answer any question or concern, he is always available.

Everyone is so afraid of this healthcare bill initiative. The reform WILL NOT affect seniors in fact it will help seniors. I was told by Brad that some citizens that are disabled are scared to death that democrats are going to put their disabled child on a death panel, he said " NO, more so than likely our party will not only help your child receive better care, he or she will get the best care."

I watch the ads on tv that are blasting away every minute and trying to strike fear into the poplace. Ignorance breeds fear. They would like you the tax payer to be ignorant. Go to PBS or Frontline, and watch Healthcare around the world.

"Good healthcare is a human right" say those in Switzerland. Every single person is entitled to the best care their country can afford. It took them ten years to perfect it. However everyone is happy with it. All countries, Japan,Germany,Switzerland,Canada and Uk, as well as Thailand have very good healthcare plans for their people. WE have been kept in the dark. WE have been strangled financially with so many insurance programs that we are big fools. America we need to wisen up, and make sure that we have the best too. IF you do not wish to have a cheaper insurance than don't use it. I do feel that healthier populations are productive populations.

Tenspeed...go to the white house.gov and you will see in fine print that medicare IS not affected.

The people of brazil should go to any meetings held and ask your Reps and Congressman any question you have about these healthcare issues.

Open your minds and turn off the tv. Propaganda.

-- Posted by Pearl2083 on Sat, Nov 14, 2009, at 2:08 PM

So Pearl, you must be a lot better off now than you were a year ago.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Nov 14, 2009, at 3:48 PM

Why would a person accept a speaking engagement at a dinner and not have time to stay for dinner? If you're that busy, politely refuse and let the organizers find another speaker.

I've been to Democrat dinners before where Ellsworth accepted and never showed.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Sat, Nov 14, 2009, at 4:09 PM

Of course he voted for us to have the health care, since he himself and family will never have to use it, look at the gov. plan for H1N1, on tv everyday giving us the death toll and telling us how bad it can be, no matter no vaccine was available to even high risk groups at the time, so if you were'nt already stressed about it I guess they were trying to deplete our immune systems even more so we could hear about it everyday and be unable to do anything about it. Just imagine how long the wait will be for cancer testing and any necessary treatments, thats one way to save money.......

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Sat, Nov 14, 2009, at 7:37 PM


I have several friends in the UK and in Germany, while they do provide care for everyone there are severe restrictions on some treatments. Take for example cancer treatments. They are limited on options and many cancer patients come to the US to be treated. They are told what procedures they can have (barring life threatening) and when. and what follow on treatment they are limited too. I don't see this as better. When all the politicians in Washington agree to use the healthcare plan they are trying to cram down our throats, maybe I'll look into it. If it's not good enough for them, it's not good enough for my family.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Sat, Nov 14, 2009, at 9:27 PM

The ONLY Medicare program that may be affected by health insurance reform is the MEDICARE ADVANTAGE program, which is run by insurance companies as HMO"s. These programs were a part of Bush's plan to privatize Medicare. They were supposed to save the government money, but have instead cost billions more than original Medicare does, due to fraudulent claims and hidden fees. So when you see those ads claiming millions cut from Medicare, look to see who is paying for them. It is the INSURANCE COMPANIES and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is companies that do not want to offer health benefits to the workers, just the suits who can afford it but has it given to them.

I know several people who won't go to the doctor or hospital because they have no way of paying for it. Uninsured people are charged more than anyone else because they have no bargaining power. It is a sad thing to have a loved one die from cancer because they didn't want to strap their children with medical bills.

We need this legislation now-we needed it 15 years ago when President Clinton introduced it, but the Republicans did not like the fact that Hillary was the one leading the plan. It is the same tact they tried to use against Nancy Pelosi.I guess they don't like strong,intelligent women. They need to get over it and start looking out for the citizens of this country, instead of the insurance companies.

-- Posted by virginiagrace on Sat, Nov 14, 2009, at 9:35 PM

It has NOTHING to do with "strong, intelligent women, its a bad idea, Government interference into personal matters will undermine the health care of all, what's next, these politicians are elected by the people, for the people, this health care is a potential disaster lurking and if it passes its probably just the beginning of the end of many freedoms, if they can ramrod such an unpopular thing down our throats, it will empower them in a really disturbing way.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Sun, Nov 15, 2009, at 9:44 AM

The only thing I would ask of the congressmen is to formulate healthcare plan that is acceptable for them to switch to as well. Then even if not perfect, their constituents would know that it was the best that they could come up with for every one. When our congress makes changes in the way other people have to act, get care, or pay their taxes, it should be that they as members of that same congress who make those changes are effected as well.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sun, Nov 15, 2009, at 2:31 PM

Healthcare coverage for all is like feeding the poor of the world. We need to decide whether our personal wealth is more important than bringing every body else up out of poverty. While there is nothing wrong with taking care of our own and capitalism as it has been shown to be make people most productive as individuals, the flip side of the coin is how our faith tells us to take care of each other. It's a delicate balance. How do we weed out those who think that they are entitled and don't try to pull their own weight from those in the world who sincerely are trying but circumstances of poverty are just too overwhelming? It's not just those in the US either. Our "neighbors" are not just those within our country's borders.

Does the politician do what his constituents want so he can be re elected and then allowed to continue as a mediocre representative or does he do what he thinks is really right for the majority of all the people the best way he can and not worry about getting re elected? On election day we "judge" his performance by our imperfect human standards or our own selfish wants. Even though our country has separation of church and state that prevents one from imposing one religion or another on its fellow citizens,it's by our actions in office AND in the voting booth that make our country truly one nation under God...or not. Not saying that Elsworth's actions have been right or wrong. Just not easy for anyone at this time to really make the "right" decision. we all need to think about what drives ours.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Nov 17, 2009, at 7:43 AM

Just socialism at its best, lowering standards for those of us who work hard to have decent healthcare for our families and Moore thinks we owe it to everyone to bring them up to our standard, even though they sat on their duffs and haven't tried to improve things for themselves, call me crazy, I don't agree, same with schools, instead of advancing those who are ready lets lower them down to the level of those who don't put forth the extra effort to study and advance, didn't like that idea now did you, read about that subject at nauseum when it was reflected on your child, notice how your thought plan is always about others who you couldn't possibly be able to know whats best for them ? Hope your insurance will pay for your mammograms now the government has decided women don't really need that baseline afterall,many years of saving lives have been proven with the guidelines of previous years, I'm sure you have a different way of looking at it, right

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Tue, Nov 17, 2009, at 8:21 AM

I believe the Old Testement tells us that we will eat by the sweat of our brow. I suppose that goes for health care too. The problem with Ellsworth and his liberal friends in Washington is he wants to give health care to everyone...even those who did not sweat.

-- Posted by Lafin on Tue, Nov 17, 2009, at 6:24 PM


"Moore" does not think we owe it to everyone. "Moore" thinks it's something that we all need to think about in our own minds as a hard decision to make no matter to what degree we decide we help others and what we think we can live without in order to do so. I have the same questions that you do about how to help those who really need it and not give things to those who don't try to help themselves. I was just stating that it's a hard individual decision for each of us. You might go read it again. I was asking questions. Not telling anyone what the answers were. Every one needs to answer it on their own and decide for themselves and not be led by one group or another.

Lafin: The Bible is a collection of books written by different people. Many times they contradict each other. Some times statements are contradicted within the same book. You can quote one part of it as you did and another in Luke about the Good Samaritan who gave up time and money to care for someone he didn't even know but was in need. Don't know about you but I have benefited from the kindness of a stranger. What would have happened if they were following the part of the Bible you quoted instead of that passage in Luke?

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, Nov 18, 2009, at 3:30 PM

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