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September 30, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Sept. 30, 2012

Bucshon open, honest and informed on district issues

Congressman Larry Bucshon has publicly been accused of lying about the Affordable Healthcare Act. The fact is that Dr. Bucshon (a very experienced and successful heart surgeon) is clearly one of the most educated persons on that issue in the Indiana 8th Congressional District, perhaps in the entire nation.

He has not only read and studied the entire law, he has enriched his objectivity by holding several public panel hearings on the topic throughout the district (including Vigo County). Those panels routinely included hospital administrators, professional economists, attorneys, union representatives, insurance professionals, Chamber of Commerce leaders and other practicing physicians. No panelist was invited with any criteria of political status. The media reported their reactions in each instance, hopefully with expected objectivity and judgment.

In addition, he has publicly advertised and conducted many open meetings throughout the district. At each of those “town hall meetings” there were in the audience people announcing different political preferences who had opportunity to pose questions on any governmental issue. Congressman Bucshon attempted to openly respond to each question (including those regarding the healthcare law) during the meeting.

Those in attendance witnessed that he also scheduled personal conferences with those requesting added details than the meeting time allowed. While some attendees expressed disagreement with the congressman’s explanations, no one ever suggested that he had lied or even “spinned” in his rationales or documentation.

Unfortunately, some of those meetings were poorly attended, but in those cases there were additional opportunities for individual discussions that he welcomed. Dr. Bucshon did not reject any question at any meeting. The media reported their reactions in each instance, hopefully with expected objectivity and judgment.

When any person accuses Congressman Bucshon of lying they are clearly ignorant of the facts. Incidentally, ignorance is referring to being unaware of facts, not the same as stupidity that refers to inability to logically comprehend facts. Everyone has had multiple opportunities to become educated on the facts of this law, had the unusually frequent opportunities to personally discuss government issues with Dr. Bucshon, and could always refer to the law itself if they are seeking public facts about the law.

Those who availed themselves of their chances to personally witness that Dr. Bucshon is consistently informed, open and honest in his public or personal performances, and unusually accessible to his constituents do not insult his personal character nor his statesmanship. To accuse him of lying is simply evidence of blatant ignorance of the facts, particularly in regards to his performance concerning the healthcare law.

Bucshon has a Vigo County office with a part-time area staff agent or secretary at 901 Wabash in Terre Haute (and elsewhere in the 8th District) for any governmental issue. He consistently endeavors to personally respond to every written request. Congressional rules prohibit handling of campaign matters at government offices. There is a Bucshon for Congress 2012 Campaign office at 1472 Wabash Ave. (open evenings when volunteers can be there with campaign materials or concerns). Check the Bucshon for Congress web page for details. His government office is allowed to inform hours and location of the volunteer campaign office.

On a personal note, I want to urge citizens to be informed and responsible about claims of government officials’ behaviors because it is getting steadily more difficult to entice qualified patriots to consider being a candidate when slander or libel has become a serious disadvantage to them and/or their families.

American officials (at all levels and parties) should not have to condition themselves, their spouses or children about unfounded public accusations. Intelligent and responsible citizens should help discourage such ignorance. If a problem is a fact, prove the fact objectively and responsibly (both publicly and privately).

— Loran Braught

West Terre Haute

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