Street Talk

What's your reaction to Brett Kavanaugh now on the Supreme Court?

Jeremy Koven
TV/film producer | Queen Village
“I was frustrated and felt it was a sad day for our country. The vote was rushed to get a result that the Republicans wanted. I have some concerns about Justice Kavanaugh’s partisan views. In the long term, his opinions are going to set this country back.”
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How long should Bill Cosby be incarcerated, if at all?

Jerome Cuffee
utility worker | North Philadelphia
"He shouldn't be doing any time in prison. At most, he could be on house arrest. He should have leniency because of his age and infirmity. There are other celebrities accused of the same thing who don't get sent to jail. I believe he was targeted because of his race and financial status."
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What's your reaction to Brett Kavanaugh's testimony?

Gina Bondarenko
gift-shop manager | Queen Village
"He was too aggressive and emotional. People who are innocent don't have to act that way. Christine Ford was level-headed and reasonable when she presented her story. If Kavanaugh were innocent, there would be no need for such histrionics. I'm not buying any of his testimony."
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Do you believe Christine Blasey Ford's accusations against Brett Kavanaugh?

William Congleton
warehouse manager | South Philadelphia
“Yes. No one would put themselves through what she’s going through unless they were telling the truth. She’s getting a lot of death threats and harassment. Why would she lie? There’s nothing she gains from lying. Her privacy has been destroyed. Her family has been dragged through the mud. Who needs it?”
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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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