Street Talk

What's your opinion of the presidency of George H.W. Bush?

Patrick Cummings
graphic designer | Germantown
“He was just a one-term president. His presidency didn’t have much of an impact. How much can you accomplish in four years? He promised not to raise taxes but he reneged on that promise. I don’t hold that against him, because that’s what politicians do. But it obviously didn’t help him get reelected.”
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Should tampons or sanitary pads be provided in all public restrooms?

Roman Broberg
dog walker | Northern Liberties
“Of course. Toilet paper is readily available. Why shouldn’t tampons be? If women had more power in society, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. If men menstruated, tampons would have been in restrooms 50 years ago. True, they’ll be an added expense for a business owner. But everything costs money.”
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What are your plans for Thanksgiving?

Yashmi Mahat
student | Gayborhood
“I’m Canadian. Our Thanksgiving was in October. I celebrated it quietly with friends. I’ll be in this country for [America’s] Thanksgiving. I’ll hang out with friends. We’ll have a festive holiday meal with turkey and stuffing. I love the holiday season. I’m very thankful for the blessings in my life.”
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What are your thoughts about the election results?

Arthur Bacon
music composer | Gayborhood
“It’s phenomenal that so many women and LGBT people were elected to public office. And it’s fantastic that Democrats took back the House. But I’m disappointed that we didn’t have an overwhelming blue wave. I do believe we’re getting closer to unseating Trump. Ultimately, my strong desire is for Trump to leave office.”
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What are your plans for your old age?

Jason Javie
attorney | Point Breeze
“I’m investing my money wisely. I have people who help me with that. I wouldn’t want to be a burden on my family or friends. I would go to an assisted-living facility before burdening my family. Preferably, I’ll be able to live independently until the day I die. I was raised to take care of myself. And I’ve always been a hard worker.”
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Would you pay for journalism?

Franz Koenig
operations officer | Queen Village
“No. I prefer overseas media outlets, which are free. They don’t cost any money online. And they cover real news, not the local nonsense. I don’t need to read 100 local articles about the soda tax or some zoning dispute. I’ll just read the free articles on philly.com until I reach my quota.”
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Are you voting in the mid-term elections?

Rachel Ambrose
baker | Antique Row
“Absolutely. As a trans person, I feel our very lives depend on getting more Democrats in office. The Trump administration is stripping away our rights, left and right. It’s an intolerable situation. The policies coming out of the White House threaten our very existence.”
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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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