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Voices in the Street

Public opinion polls in the streets of Bloomington
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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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Voices in the Street: “What do you think about North Korea’s Missile launch” and, closer to home: “How would you help flooding victims in Texas?”

On August 29, Kim Yong Un launched an intermediate range missile that flew over Japan before splashing into the sea. Voices in the Street has asked how you feel about this latest demonstration of North Korean power. Closer to home, hurricane Harvey has hit Texas hard. We have asked what should be done to help the flood victims.

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Voices in the Street: “How do you feel about the students returning to town?”

With over 48,000 students getting back to town, the change that the city of Bloomington undergoes when classes meet is significant. It becomes more challenging to find parking and restaurants are more crowded. On the other hand, there is a youthful buzz and energy around town. Voices has asked your friends and neighbors how they feel about the students returning.”

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Voices in the Street: “If you could change one thing in the State of Indiana what would it be?”

Summer is here, the weather is beautiful and yet: there is always something one wishes for. This week’s Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors a simple question: “If you could change one thing in the State of Indiana what would it be?”

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Voices in the Street: “What should the minimum wage be in Bloomington and why?”

Minimum wage in Indiana is $7.25 per hour. The democratic party has introduced a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15. The cost of living index in Bloomington is 3% higher than in Indianapolis. We have asked your friends and neighbors what they would consider an appropriate minimum wage for Bloomington and why.

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Voices in the Street: “How did you spend independence day?”

Tuesday’s 4th of July holiday boasted splendid weather and the opportunity to watch Bloomington’s annual downtown parade. Voices in the Street has asked how you spent independence day and if you attended the parade what you liked most about it.

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Voices in the Street: “Have you been personally affected by the current opioid crisis?”

Last week Bloomington police investigated a rash of overdoses ten of which occurred during a 24 hour period alone. As the opioid crisis rages on and its effects are felt in Bloomington voices in the street has gone and asked whether you have been personally affected by it or whether you know someone who has.

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Voices in the Street: “What are your thoughts on the Michelle Carter case?”

Recently, Michelle Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the suicide of her 18 year old boyfriend. The verdict was handed down in Massachusetts and carries a maximum sentence of 20 years. Ms Carter urged her boyfriend by text messages to commit suicide and told him by phone to get back into his truck as it filled with deadly carbon …

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