Street Talk

What's your main source of news?

Juliana Fitzgerald
barrista | West Philadelphia
“I rely on Instagram. I’m usually on it, checking out photos and videos. So it’s a convenient way for me to also get the news. Instagram streamlines my news consumption. My schedule is hectic. But I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything when I use Instagram.”
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How much vacation time do you get at work?

Shainna Davis
eye-practice manager | Holmesburg
"I'm in year one at my job. So I get eight paid vacation days. In year two, I'll get 18 paid vacation days. That will remain in effect until year five, when I'll get 23 paid vacation days. I think it's a very fair benefits package. I'm lucky that my employer is so good to the workers."
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What was the highlight of your summer?

Laurie Heineman
food-service worker | New York City
"I went to Brevard Zoo in Florida and interacted with the lemurs. They live on a separate island at the zoo. For an additional fee, people can visit them. They were so playful. One of them touched me with his tail. They look like small monkeys. It was the best 20 minutes of my summer. I highly recommend it to anybody."
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How do you plan to spend Labor Day weekend?

Holly Gibson
physical-therapy student | Lindenwold, N.J.
“I’m going to Connecticut with my husband to visit his family. It’s great to get away from the craziness of the city. It doesn’t get any quieter than up there.They have a farm with lots of fresh vegetables. We’ll have a picnic with potato salad and roasted vegetables.”
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Is Pennsylvania ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Denise Payne
rehab specialist | Germantown
“No, we have too many other pressing issues that need to be addressed first. We don’t have enough knowledge about marijuana and its possible harmful effects. I think marijuana has its downside. Until I’m shown otherwise, I oppose legalization.”
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Have you been the victim of a crime?

James Burton
student | South Philadelphia
"One time somebody tried to steal my bike. I had it locked up outside my job. The person wasn't able to steal the bike. But they damaged the chain used to lock it. I didn't file any charges.”
 
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Should Center City's rainbow crosswalk be repainted to include brown and black stripes?

Stanley Breeland
healthcare consultant | North Philadelphia
"I'd like to see a community event to repaint the stripes, but leave the colors the same. As a black American, I'm not offended by the [current] colors. There are bigger battles to fight, considering the challenges we face."
 
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Are Trump-is-gay-for-Putin jokes funny?

Rebekah Horowitz
strategy consultant | South Philadelphia
“No. I think it’s cheap and stupid. As a society, we should be past that. There’s nothing inherently funny or insulting about men being in a same-sex relationship. And there certainly are other ways to mock Trump and Putin.”
 
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