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Voices in the Street: “Do you think that it’s time to legalize Marijuana in Indiana?”

Recently, the attorney general of the State of Indiana wrote an op-ed piece in the Herald-Times to the effect that we should never be tempted to legalize marijuana. Voices has gone out into the streets to inquire what your thoughts are on the subject. Here is what fellow Bloomingtonians had to say about the legalization of Marijuana.

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Voices in the Street: “Do you think that the media are focusing too much on a possible Trump-Russia connection?”

After the firing of FBI director James Comey and the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller the media continue to report front and center about the possibility of a connection between president Trump and Russia. Voices in the street has asked your friends and neighbors whether they think that the media are focusing too much on this issue.

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Voices in the Street: “What do you think should be done about homelessness in Bloomington?”

As the winter shelters have closed and the weather remains wet and chilly, Bloomington’s homeless don’t easily find a place to spend the night. Voices in the street has asked your friends and neighbors about suggestions what could be done about homelessness in Bloomington.

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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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