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Mayor interviewed by Brasil television network

Friday, October 8, 2010

TV Globo International reporter Mila Burns interviewed Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw for the station's television show, "Planeta Brasil," Friday. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw went global Friday.

Bradshaw hosted a television crew for the show, "Planeta Brasil," off the network TV Globo International, a satellite channel. The network is the fourth largest in the world and the major television network of Brasil, South America. The network is viewed in 106 countries.

"It's nice," Bradshaw said. "Here we are in Brazil, Ind., a small town."

The film crew has been touring the United States since January, visiting approximately 20 states, including stops in North Carolina, California, Tennessee, Louisiana and more.

"It's amazing," reporter Mila Burns said. "I probably know more about America than I know about Brasil now. And I'll probably know more about this Brazil."

Burns said the show focuses on natives of Brasil, South America, living in the United States and the unique places they call home.

Upon researching the country, they discovered Brazil, Ind., and wanted to meet with Bradshaw to discuss the city's past, present and future.

The travels will continue through December. Burns and her cinematographer Francisco Pires travel via RV.

"We will visit Chicago Sunday," Burns said.

Producers with the network contacted Bradshaw's office via e-mail in order to set up the interview.

Burns said the segment would be approximately 10 minutes in length. Although TV Globo International is a Pay-Per-View network in the United States, she added the clip featuring Brazil, Ind., may find its way onto YouTube in the future.

Bradshaw said she planned on taking the crew to the Chafariz Dos Contos Fountain in front of Forest Park. The fountain was dedicated to the City of Brazil in 1956 by Brasil, South America.

In addition, she hoped to show them the Charles B. Hall monument in front of City Hall.

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That's really an awesome experience for Brazil, Indiana's mayor!!! Hopefully we will all get to see the interview sometime.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Sat, Oct 9, 2010, at 9:34 AM

Mayor, what a great opportunity to show Brasil our used street sweeper, our numerous non-working fire hydrants, the chuck hole filled streets and that same jacket you wear in every photo.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Oct 9, 2010, at 3:58 PM

Don't worry. Brasil has their share of pot holes and run down areas as well.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sat, Oct 9, 2010, at 5:03 PM


So...The fact that Brasil is reaching out and taking back examples of US culture doesn't lead you to maybe think that at least the country is open enough to share with their citizens how others do things? Maybe because it is in southern hemisphere and due to global trading their growing/harvest season is opposite ours so keeps the world grain prices more stable through out the year and therefore more realistic, preventing such extreme futures trading?

So...our government doesn't have ANY pitfalls [like politicians working harder to get re-elected than on the job they currently have for one] so we can cast stones at others who also have faults EVEN THOUGH they are an ally.

Take off your blinders. We are part of a larger world, imperfect as it is. We need to stop being in denial and prepare to engage on global level.

It's only when we are only prepared to compete with others living close by can we be successful.

Brasil is engaging with the US and taking back with them information about us. Instead of dissing them, why not learn from what THEY are doing and do it ourselves?? Many are already. It's only those who are not willing to engage and invest in learning how to be part of a global economy who remain left behind and spew sour grapes attitude and cry poor me.

While I don't agree with some of Brasil's government..I don't agree with all of the US system either. Neither is to be completely dammed just because it isn't perfect. Instead get to know a few individual Brasilians and you will find that for the most part they are plain human beings just like you and me.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sun, Oct 10, 2010, at 9:42 AM

Thanks for reminding me of the street sweeper. The roads have been sparkling ever since.

-- Posted by bartpeterson24 on Sun, Oct 10, 2010, at 10:52 AM

I, for one, am very happy to see this article. I think it is great to see our little town be able to have some interaction with a nation like Brasil.

To the haters that always seem to be complaining. Go live in some of the other countries and experience their roads and housing. Live in the poverty that they have to endure, and then come back here and complain about how badly you have it here. At least you are not driving on mud and dirt roads. At least your town has running water and sewer.

It amazes me how spoiled people in this country are. How we all take things for granted, and then complain about how bad we have it. Go complain to some of the people in other countries about your poor little town that has a street sweeper. If they don't escort you out of their country, they may just laugh you out.

Keep up the great work, Mayor!

-- Posted by Oldtown on Mon, Oct 11, 2010, at 12:41 AM

Oldtown, ppl like you are the problem, not the solution. I'm happy to hear that you are satisfied with the condition of the streets, numerous fire hydrants out of order, and the list goes on. Good for you. And your response, "if you don't like it move", is typical and childish.

The streets in this town are in worse condition today than they were 50 years ago, we are supposed to progress, not regress. No, I'm not going to move, I pay taxes, a lot of taxes & I have a right to complain if I feel my money is not being spent wisely.

I also vote.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Mon, Oct 11, 2010, at 10:02 AM

Where in my comment did I say "If you don't like it, move?" I said, go and see what other people have to live with, and maybe you won't think what you have is so bad.

I don't think our streets are great, by any means. But, I do think that people like you only whine and moan, but never help.

Brazil streets are not even close to the poor shape of 50 years ago. I am not even 50 years old, and I remember mostly rutted and broken brick streets in town. That is a far cry from good.

My wife and I started out homeless. We are now retired, and we did it all ourselves. So, having come from what we did, and made it as far as we have, I am grateful for every little thing. It is just sickening to see people like you do nothing but complain about how dirty the silver spoon is in their mouth, yet don't have the ambition to get up and wash it themselves.

I also vote, so keep up the good work Mayor.

-- Posted by Oldtown on Mon, Oct 11, 2010, at 11:05 AM


If you don't care about people in other countries you have your head in the sand. Read yesterday's Terre Haute paper [Sorry Times, you don't have a Sunday paper -lol]Section B page one. Indiana isn't keeping up with the demand for Middle skill level jobs and by 2016 those who only have a high school education will have even less of a chance of being gainfully employed as they are now....So peple form other parts of the country AND world can legally then move to Indiana to fill those jobs while those who chose not to go to college will remain jobless.

There are students from Brasil, China, Mexico, Germany, and other places coming to Indiana NOW to go to college. They are welcomed by the colleges as it fills seats that US students aren't filling and keeps universities solvent.

While I agree that the illegals shouldn't come and take jobs away from our citizens, if we do't get on the stick and make sure our citizens are qualified to fill the open positions, then companies can legally import qualified workers.

Then think about what happens if the current rate of unemployment continues and the high skill workers are settling for the middle skill level jobs as well in some cases. Then there will be NOTHING left for those without any post high school education as the mid level workers will be chosen over the non skilled applicants.

How does this have anything to do with pot holes in Brazil??? The more unemployed we have, the less income taxes we collect to be able to run local and state governments. More services needed [yes our country has some of the aspects of socialism as well as it attempts to take care of those in need even though not all may deserve those services] with less revenue to pay for it so budgets get stretched, academic programs continue to be cut..so following generations are even LESS prepared to compete than before...It's a spiraling cycle that we need to stop now before it's too late.

Stop worrying about a pot hole and get to the crux of the problem. we have too many under educated and underemployed citizens and that makes it hard for our government to support the infrastructure of our society.

Every time we cut a teacher, a class section. Every time we make a book unaccessable to a child with our city only library. Every time an aide is there for a student instead of a teacher, an opportunity for education is missed.

If we invested all of our community's assets into education this next generation, the return would be more via sales, property, and income tax tomorrow. Instead we settle for too many students to just do the minimum it takes to graduate [and I'm not even talking about those who drop out]and not expect them to go on to further their education so they can be successfully employed during their adulthood.

Education is the key and undereducation is the problem. If we address that adequately and stand behind it 100% we will eliminate the other problems. Too date however the local community has made it quite obvious that they do not stand behind literacy and education in this community and are willing to live in a community that will not be able to thrive with yesterday's standards.

Not having a county library impacts the entire infrastructure of the county, not only those children who do not have personal access to a library, especially in preschool years.

Wake up people. Clay county is going down the tubes as people do not want to invest in it. Do not want to pay property taxes high enough to support the community. Do not want to pay so young children can go to storytime so they will be addicted to reading by the time they go to Kindergarten. Do not want to pay more for water so pipes can be maintained properly. Did not want to charge a just fee for trash dumping nor slow down it's being filled so already closed their landfill for that quick dollar without investing back into the county.

Wake up people....before this county is dead.

HAve a good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Oct 11, 2010, at 2:47 PM

Oldtown, I help, I pay taxes. What do you do? Are you saying that you help patch the streets, fix the broken hydrants, etc.? I'd bet that I do just as much as you do.

I can see by your reply that you think that you are the only one that had to work for a living. Well, you haven't a clue.

Jenny----good post as usual.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Mon, Oct 11, 2010, at 5:14 PM

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