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Voices in the Street – Public Safety and The Right to Bear Arms


On October 1st, a mass shooting took place at Umpqua Community College, near Roseburg, Oregon. And on Monday a five year-old boy shot his two year-old sister in Kentucky. If his weren’t enough, just yesterday a 47 year-old woman with a concealed carry permit opened fire at suspected shoplifters in a home depot parking lot in Auburn Hills, Michigan. In light of these incidents, Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors about what can be done to end the scourge of gun violence in America.

Voices in the Street – The Fight Against Women’s Rights Continues: Republicans Push Through a Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood


On Wednesday, along mostly partisan lines, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to strip Women’s health provider Planned Parenthood of its funding in a stopgap funding bill aimed at keeping federal agencies operating in the fiscal year. Although the bill is expected to fail in the Senate, voices in the street wanted to know what your friends and neighbors think about the latest attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.

Voices in the Street – Appealing to the Global, Governmental Conscience. Pope Francis Urges Action on Climate Change


On his recent visit to the United States, Pope Francis urged governments across the globe to act on the reality of climate change stating the problem could “no longer be left to a future generation.” President Obama echoed these remarks stating, “we have a sacred obligation to protect our planet.” Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors what they think about a call to action coming from the Vatican.

Voices in the Street – What Bloomington Thinks of the 2016 Presidential Race


With the Presidential Election still more than a year down the road, last night’s Republican Debate got Voices in the Street wondering who you’re planning on voting for. So tell us, Bloomington, who are you planning on voting for and why?

Voices in the Street – Sacking the plastic? Bloomington considers banning single-use plastic bags


Recently, the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Monroe County Waste Management District voted, tentatively, to support Bloomington’s yet-to-be proposed single-use bag ordinance.  The draft ordinance, presented in May by Bring your Own Bag Bloomington proposes restricting plastic bag use and would eventually limit retail vendors’ free provision of plastic carry-out bags to customers.  So Bloomington, what do YOU think about the idea of banning plastic bags in stores?  Voices in the Street hit the streets to find out!

Voices in the Street – Bloomington’s Flag: A Thought Experiment


We’re taking a bit of a departure this week on Voices and coming at you with a brain storming session. Bloomington has the good fortune of being populated with lots of folks proud to be here—whether they’re true townies, townies by choice, or just here for school or another temporary stay. We thought it would be interesting to hear what your friends and neighbors would say if they were charged with designing a city flag. So Bloomington, what scene scapes would you create if you were charged with this task?

Voices in the Street – Celestial Discoveries, New Horizons: What the first images of Pluto mean for planet Earth


The New Horizons Satellite recently transmitted the first clear images of Pluto (a celestial body recently demoted to plantessimal-status due to its size and irregular orbit) back to earth. Pluto resides in the Kuiper belt and we are the first peoples ever to see high resolution images of its topography. In the wake of this mission, costing upwards of $700 million dollars over 15 years, Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors what they think of the importance of space exploration and whether or not they think we’ll ever find life on other planets.

Voices in the Street – “Tag, you’re it!”: Graffiti in Bloomington


Some say graffiti is art; others regard it as nothing more than vandalism. There does seem to be more of it around Bloomington these days; even the WFHB firehouse has been tagged a couple times. So what do YOU think Bloomington? How do you define graffiti, and when does it transcend vandalism and become art? Is there really more of it around now than in past years, and how has it changed?

Voices in the Street – For Love of Country: How you do celebrate the fourth of July?


Saturday is the Fourth of July, Independence Day – a time to honor the birth of our nation and reflect on our common values and our shared destiny. It’s also a time to reflect on what being patriotic means to you. So Bloomington, how do you celebrate our country’s independence, and why? We hit the streets to find out.

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


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.

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