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Voices in the Street – “What issues have you with Bloomington?”

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Nick’s English Hut made community news recently with a letter wherein they described illicit activity taking place outside their institution as “Bum Commerce.” And while the owners contend that the issue at hand is the illegal activity posing a danger to both customers, employees, and the community alike—regardless of the socioeconomic status of the individual—others found the use of the word targeted people experiencing homelessness specifically and took issue with what they felt was an unfair and blanketing generalization. Regardless of where you find yourself on the issue, we all have things we wish could be improved. Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors what issues they have with downtown Bloomington.

Voices In The Street – The Two Bloomingtons: Weighing the Pros and Cons of the Student Exodus

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Enough time has passed that it truly feels as though the IU student body population has dissipated significantly.  IU students bring a great deal of economic stimulus to Bloomington, but no one can dispute the relative calm that befalls our beloved city when summer gets into full swing.  Voices in the street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors which do they prefer:  Bloomington in the summer, or Bloomington in the school year.

Voices In The Street – Craft beer is a cause for good cheer: On location at the 5th Annual Bloomington Craft Beer Festival

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The Brewers of Indiana Guild was organized in 2000 to provide a unifying voice for the craft breweries and brewpubs of Indiana—which are closing in on 100 in Indiana alone. For five years in a row, Bloomington has hosted its craft beer festival and voices in the street hit the festival to ask folks why they love going.

Voices in the Street – A Safe and Civil City? How We View Bloomington After The Death of Hannah Wilson

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On the morning of April 24th, the body of Hannah Wilson was found in Brown County near Lake Lemon.  Also found near her body was the cell phone of Daniel Messel, who had been previously arrested several times for violence against women.  Blood and hair was found in his car and he will go on trial for the murder of Hannah.   In the brutal aftermath of this murder, Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors if they feel safe within the confines of Bloomington, Indiana.

 

Voices in the Street – Speaking from Experience: Advice Post Pomp and Circumstance

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This time of year, our community’s youth find themselves on the cusp of big change. In the midst of graduations at IU, Ivy Tech, as well as local high schools, we asked YOU for advice and words of wisdom for our local graduating seniors.

Voices in the Street – Earth Day today and into the future: How Green is your Routine?

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Yesterday was Earth Day and was recognized by over 190 countries worldwide.  While earthfriendliness is encouraged globally on this one day, some people celebrate the Earth everyday.  In today’s edition of Voices in the Street, we asked your friends and neighbors what they did to celebrate earth day and also what they think Earth Day might look like over the next fifty years.

Voices in the Street – Taxation and Representation: Paying Uncle Sam’s Bills

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Tax time is nigh, a good time to question what we’re paying for. We hit the streets of Bloomington to ask local residents what they think about our tax system. Imagine YOU were the tax man …Or tax woman. Is our system fair? We hit the streets to find out what YOU think of how US citizens are taxed.

Voices in the Street – Support Your Voice, Voice Your Support!

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This week is our spring fund drive here at WFHB, your chance to support our award-winning news department. We’re asking you to call 812-323-1200 or go online to wfhb.org and pledge your support to South Central Indiana’s only volunteer-powered, listener-supported community radio station. This year we’re highlighting the Bloomington community so Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors what it is about Bloomington that makes it such a unique community.

Voices In The Street – Religious Freedom and Restoration? Or Legally-Sanctioned Discrimination?

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence has vowed to sign into law SB 101 or the Religious Freedom & Restoration Act. Governor Pence has said the law “…is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact” but others see the law setting a bad precedent for businesses and others like police and doctors to legally discriminate against the LGBTQI community, in particular. With the calls by thousands of Hoosiers and high-powered business interests (including Gen Con, the annual gaming convention) for Pence to veto the legislation, Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors how they feel about SB 101 being signed into law.

Voices In the Street – “If we took a holiday ooh yeah ooh yeah, it would be so nice!”

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This week on the Voices in the Street:  “If we took a holiday ooh yeah ooh yeah, it would be so nice!”

Indiana University and the Monroe County Community School Corporation are closing down for Spring Break next week so Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask the obvious question:  What are your spring break plans and what are some of your favorite spring break memories?

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