News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 7, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Nov. 8, 2013

The Tribune-Star

---- — Supporter: Bucshon wrongly accused

In an Oct. 18, 2013, editorial (“Ignore spin, embrace the facts”), the Terre Haute Tribune-Star wrongly accused Congressman Dr. Larry Bucshon of twisting and shading the facts regarding his vote against the temporary measure to end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Ironically, when you “embrace all of the facts,” the Tribune-Star, not Dr. Bucshon, is the one employing the age-old “spin” trick.

In the same press statement quoted by the Tribune-Star, Dr. Bucshon explained that “the United States should not default on its payments” and that he had “worked to avoid the prospect of default.” Citing the lack of any deficit reduction, cuts in spending or substantial changes to ObamaCare, Congressman Bucshon went on to explain that he could not support the temporary measure because it “does not offer any real solutions to address the challenges we face as a nation.”

In the days and weeks leading up to the government shutdown, Dr. Bucshon supported four separate measures including compromises that would have resulted in reductions in government spending and avoided the shutdown. Unfortunately, President Obama and Senate Democrats refused to negotiate and refused to accept anything short of continuing operation of the government “at current funding levels.” In so doing, the proverbial “can” of unsustainable spending was once again kicked down the road, passing the responsibility for this massive debt onto future generations of Americans.  

The temporary measure Dr. Bucshon did not support only serves to delay serious discussions on spending cuts for a short time while our government continues to spend far more money than it takes in. All that the temporary measure  accomplished was to set up another “super committee” showdown for Dec. 13.  With the makeup of this committee likely to be very similar to the “super committee” of 2011, I fear that we will be experiencing yet another “Groundhog Day” moment just as American families are preparing to celebrate the holidays.  

We elect our congressmen and senators to offer solutions to the problems we face as a nation, not to repeatedly postpone those important decisions indefinitely or to a time that is politically convenient or advantageous. In voting against the temporary measure, Dr. Bucshon showed his willingness to face the important issues of our nation head on and stand up for the values and beliefs of fellow Hoosiers. I am proud to have Dr. Bucshon representing us in Washington, D.C.  

— Rick Martin

Chairman, Indiana 8th District

Republican Congressional Committee

Study could help prevent cancer

Little Red Door Cancer Agency has been making the most of life and the least of cancer for central Indiana residents for nearly 70 years. While the agency continues to provide valuable services to those already diagnosed with cancer, we are also committed to cancer prevention whenever possible.  

What if we could make it so just one family never has to hear the words “you have cancer”?

What if you could personally participate in research that might help determine factors that cause or prevent cancer — research that could ultimately lead to the elimination of cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations?

Residents of central Indiana have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in cancer prevention research this year. Enrollment in the American Cancer Society’s third Cancer Prevention Study will be taking place in Central Indiana this November and December. Little Red Door Cancer Agency is proud to serve as an enrollment site for this important study on Dec. 6.  

Individuals between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer and are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study are encouraged to sign up. Study participants will fill out a comprehensive survey about their health history, provide a small blood sample (to be collected by trained phlebotomists) and provide a waist measure. Participants will periodically be sent a follow-up questionnaire for the next 20 to 30 years.

Individuals interested in participating in the study can see all enrollment locations and times and sign up by visiting If you are not eligible to participate, you can still make a difference by telling everyone you know about Cancer Prevention Study-3. Together we will make a difference in the fight against cancer!

— Fred Duncan

Director and CEO

Little Red Door Cancer Agency

Cut government pay

I agree that the letter in today’s (Oct. 17, 2013) Readers’ Forum was good and down to the point from Charles.

He forgot a couple of things. The amount Medicare is going up isn’t going to help. My prescription D plan has gone up from $79.20 to $123.90 a month starting January. That’s more than what raise we will get.

Also do congressmen and presidents ever get their pay cut or give up their raises? Maybe that would help the debt we’re in a little bit. Also the ex-presidents and ex-congressmen get their pay cut. Maybe they’re making too much money, not even thinking about us, the taxpayers.

— Kaye Perrill

Marshall, Ill.