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Voices in the Street: “The Two Bloomingtons: Weighing the pros and cons of the student exodus.”

Two weeks have passed since the end of the session. All around town the streets have become quiet, parking spaces plentiful and buffet lines at local eateries have shrunk. Of course, students also impart much of their youthful energy onto our town. Voices in the street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors which do they prefer: Bloomington …

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

Now that the students have left and only longtime residents remain one wonders what it is that Bloomington’s permanent residents like best about their town. Voices has gone out into the streets and asked the question: what do you like best about Bloomington?

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Voices in the Street: “Speaking from Experience: Words of post graduation advice”

This time of year, high school and college graduates alike celebrate having reached one of life’s milestones. At the eve of commencement we have asked local Bloomington residents for advice and words of wisdom for our local graduating seniors.

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Voices in the Street: “Should job applicants have to answer questions about their criminal background?”

Gov. Eric Holcomb issued an executive order barring the state’s executive office from including on job applications questions concerning an applicant’s criminal background. Voices in the street has asked your friends and neighbors: Is it a good idea if employers are barred from conducting a criminal background check on job applicants?

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Voices in the Street: “Threats to Free Speech?”

Events leading up to and following the election of Donald Trump as president have raised questions about freedom of speech in the U.S. During the campaign, Trump famously ejected protesters from his rallies and promised to strengthen libel laws to curtail the rights of the press. In recent months, prominent white nationalists have made campus speaking tours, with supporters declaring …

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Voices in the Street: “How big of a problem is sexual harassment in the workplace?”

Two days ago, embattled Fox News host Bill O’Reilly announced he would take a two-week vacation, an unusually long absence for him. Recently, The New York Times reported that O’Reilly and Fox News had settled five lawsuits against O’Reilly dating back to 2002. The amount paid to the women filing the complaints was estimated at $13 million. After the five …

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Should the “red line in the sand” as drawn during the previous administration finally be enforced?

In August 2012, towards the end of his first term in office, president Obama drew a ‘red line in the sand’ indicating that, if Assad used chemical weapons, it would warrant U.S. military action. In August 2013, a year later, Syrian military attacked rebel-controlled areas of the Damascus suburbs with chemical weapons. When asked for authorization by then-president Obama, Congress …

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Voices in the Street: “Do you think the government should fund the arts and humanities?”

Last week the Trump administration released a preliminary budget proposal for 2018. The proposal covers discretionary spending and thus spending on the arts and humanities. The proposed budget calls for eliminating future federal support for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Voices in the Street has posed the …

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Voices in the Street – Speeding Up Deportations

Federal immigration officials notoriously deported more immigrants during president Obama’s two terms then under any president in American history, earning Obama the nickname “Deporter-in-Chief”. And now, President Trump has aspirations to deport even more people. Documents released by the Department of Homeland Security this week revealed Trump’s plans to enlist local police officers as immigration enforcers, erect new detention facilities, …

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Voices in the Street: “Do you believe in climate change and do you think that it is caused by us?”

It is February and unusually warm for our area. In fact, some think there has hardly been any winter at all in Southern Indiana. As strange weather seems to occur more and more often one has to wonder whether it is all due to climate change. We have asked your friends and neighbors whether they believe in climate change and …

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