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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 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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Voices in the Street: “Do you think the stepped up police presence in peoples park was a good move?”

Recently, the Bloomington Police Department increased their presence in peoples park. The move came in response to complaints about aggressive panhandling and criminal activity. Voices in the street has asked your friends and neighbors whether you think that increased police presence downtown is a good thing?

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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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