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Voices in the Street

Public opinion polls in the streets of Bloomington
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Voices in the Street: “Do you have health insurance?”

Flu season approaches and health insurance is on the mind of many. Open enrollment for plans under the affordable care act aka Obamacare started on November 1 and continues through December 15. The shorter enrollment period represents only one of the administration’s steps towards repeal and replace. Consequently, we have asked the question whether you have health insurance and how …

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Voices in the Street: “Is investing in offshore accounts acceptable for IU?”

University endowment earnings are usually tax-exempt. However, depending on the type of investment, even Universities can be required to pay federal taxes. Investing through so-called blocker corporations, which are established in no-tax or low-tax jurisdictions like the Cayman Islands literally blocks the University from having to pay taxes. IU and many other Universities utilize blocker corporations to maximize the return …

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Voices in the Street: “Do you have anything special planned for Halloween?”

Halloween is just around the corner and this begs the question whether you have anything extra scary or fun coming up and whether you intend to disguise yourself wearing your favorite spooky costume. Is the candy ready to go and has the Jack-o-Lantern been carved? What are your plans for Halloween?

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Voices in the Street: “Needle Exchanges, pros and cons”

The opioid crisis is raging and solutions are elusive. We have asked what your thoughts are regarding needle exchanges. Do they help or do they enable?

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Voices in the Street: Catalonian Independence

This week’s edition asks Bloomington residents their opinion about the Catalonian Referendum on Independence from the Kingdom of Spain.

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Voices in the Street: “Construction downtown: Is it a curse or a blessing?”

If one walks or drives around downtown Bloomington one cannot help but notice that new buildings are sprouting like mushrooms after a rain. And one also starts to wonder whether this is a good or a bad thing. We have asked your friends and neighbors about their thoughts regarding downtown construction.

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Voices in the Street: “Taking a knee during the national anthem, is it an appropriate form of protest?”

Since Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in the 2016 pre-season, the gesture has become a common sight prior to NFL games. Last weekend, President Trump weighed in suggesting that NFL owners should fire NFL players who protest by taking a knee. We have gone out into the streets and asked: How do you feel about football players …

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Voices in the Street: “What do you like most about Bloomington?

As a new crop of students settles in and local residents get once again used to the buzz around town that accompanies it we have gone out into the streets and asked your friends and neighbors what they like best about Blomington.

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Voices in the Street: “what do you think about President Trump rescinding deferred action for childhood arrivals?” (aka DACA)

Last week the Trump administration announced that DACA will be phased out by March 2018. DACA is a presidential memorandum issued by president Obama in 2012 which defers deportation for two years for undocumented, law abiding immigrants who were brought here as children before the age of 16. DACA status is renewable and offers the ability to remain temporarily in …

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Voices in the Street: “Living in Bloomington: is it still affordable or does one have to win the lottery to live here?”

With another four new condominium complexes to be built downtown, one starts to wonder whether Bloomington is becoming too expensive a town to live in. The University keeps growing and our town grows along with it. But, is it growing for everyone or is Bloomington’s affordability actually shrinking? We have gone out into the street and asked your friends and …

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