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Voices in the Street – The Debt Limit: Will your Party Raise the Roof

With the forthcoming deadline to raise the ceiling on the nation’s debt approaching fast, US lawmakers as well as the president of the United States must decide whether or not increase our self-imposed credit limit. Some regard raising the limit as routine government business for a super power with a high credit rating. Others decry the move to raise the …

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Voices in the Street – Clearing the Air: Smoking in Public Places

Because of a growing number of complaints, Bloomington officials are reminding businesses about the city’s smoking ordinance.  Citizens have been reminded that smoking is not permitted inside businesses, or even on outdoor patios.  With the rise in complaints correlating sharply with the return of students, Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors how they feel about smoking in …

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Voices in the Street – Public Safety and The Right to Bear Arms

On October 1st, a mass shooting took place at Umpqua Community College, near Roseburg, Oregon. And on Monday a five year-old boy shot his two year-old sister in Kentucky. If his weren’t enough, just yesterday a 47 year-old woman with a concealed carry permit opened fire at suspected shoplifters in a home depot parking lot in Auburn Hills, Michigan. In …

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Voices in the Street – The Fight Against Women’s Rights Continues: Republicans Push Through a Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

On Wednesday, along mostly partisan lines, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to strip Women’s health provider Planned Parenthood of its funding in a stopgap funding bill aimed at keeping federal agencies operating in the fiscal year. Although the bill is expected to fail in the Senate, voices in the street wanted to know what your friends and neighbors think …

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Voices in the Street – Appealing to the Global, Governmental Conscience. Pope Francis Urges Action on Climate Change

On his recent visit to the United States, Pope Francis urged governments across the globe to act on the reality of climate change stating the problem could “no longer be left to a future generation.” President Obama echoed these remarks stating, “we have a sacred obligation to protect our planet.” Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask your …

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Voices in the Street – What Bloomington Thinks of the 2016 Presidential Race

With the Presidential Election still more than a year down the road, last night’s Republican Debate got Voices in the Street wondering who you’re planning on voting for. So tell us, Bloomington, who are you planning on voting for and why?

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Voices in the Street – Sacking the plastic? Bloomington considers banning single-use plastic bags

Recently, the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Monroe County Waste Management District voted, tentatively, to support Bloomington’s yet-to-be proposed single-use bag ordinance.  The draft ordinance, presented in May by Bring your Own Bag Bloomington proposes restricting plastic bag use and would eventually limit retail vendors’ free provision of plastic carry-out bags to customers.  So Bloomington, what do YOU think about …

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Voices in the Street – Bloomington’s Flag: A Thought Experiment

We’re taking a bit of a departure this week on Voices and coming at you with a brain storming session. Bloomington has the good fortune of being populated with lots of folks proud to be here—whether they’re true townies, townies by choice, or just here for school or another temporary stay. We thought it would be interesting to hear what …

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Voices in the Street – Celestial Discoveries, New Horizons: What the first images of Pluto mean for planet Earth

The New Horizons Satellite recently transmitted the first clear images of Pluto (a celestial body recently demoted to plantessimal-status due to its size and irregular orbit) back to earth. Pluto resides in the Kuiper belt and we are the first peoples ever to see high resolution images of its topography. In the wake of this mission, costing upwards of $700 …

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Voices in the Street – “Tag, you’re it!”: Graffiti in Bloomington

Some say graffiti is art; others regard it as nothing more than vandalism. There does seem to be more of it around Bloomington these days; even the WFHB firehouse has been tagged a couple times. So what do YOU think Bloomington? How do you define graffiti, and when does it transcend vandalism and become art? Is there really more of …

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