Street Talk

What’s a fair sentence for Dharun Ravi?

Paul DiPietro
student | Queen Village
“Bullying is a part of life, unfortunately. He’ll have to live with the aftermath of his actions for the rest of his life. That’s a form of punishment in itself. Sending him to jail isn’t going to solve the bullying problem. The court should order psychological counseling [for Ravi]. But he’s not a danger to society in the sense of committing physical violence.”
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Should a photo ID be required every time you vote in Pennsylvania?

Christian Bradbury
graphic artist | Fairmount
“No. That stops people from voting. And not enough people vote, as it is. Getting a photo ID in Philadelphia is a big hassle. I had to stand in line for hours to get mine at the DMV here. That’s an unnecessary obstacle for people.”
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Should the media identify : anti-LGBT hate-crime victims?

Tanisha Glenn
sales associate | Yeadon
“Only with the victim’s consent. Preferably, the victim will tell the police to keep their identity protected. The victim should take that step. And the police should respect their wishes. But if that doesn’t happen, the media should still ask for consent before publishing the victim’s name.”
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Should the R rating for the documentary “Bully” be lowered to PG-13?

Matthew Khon
student | Center City
“Yes. Forget the R rating. The documentary should be available to the widest audience possible. It sensitizes people, and save lives. I was bullied a lot growing up. I’m straight, but people thought I was gay. That makes me see the importance of the issue.”
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How would you react if your : child came out at age 7?

Sean Brennan
cook | Fishtown
“I’d try to talk to the child about it, to see whether it’s a crush or something bigger. If he or she continues to feel that way, I’d give my blessing. And I’d make a referral to a gay youth group so the child can meet others going through the same thing. My main concern would be the child’s happiness.”
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Should Rick Santorum have : Secret Service protection?

Megan Allen
student | Reading
“No. I don’t see anything wrong with throwing glitter at him. People are just making a statement. Santorum is trying to get himself sympathy when he doesn’t need sympathy. He’s a publicity seeker.”
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Should Rick Santorum have : Secret Service protection?

Megan Allen
student | Reading
“No. I don’t see anything wrong with throwing glitter at him. People are just making a statement. Santorum is trying to get himself sympathy when he doesn’t need sympathy. He’s a publicity seeker.”
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Is same-sex marriage analogous to miscegenation?

Michael Bellizzi
student | Washington Square West
“Yes. Either way, you’re born into something that you didn’t really choose. It’s still difficult for interracial couples to be accepted in society — just as it’s difficult for same-sex couples. The fight that interracial couples fought in the '50s is very similar to the legal battle for same-sex marriage today.”
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Should New Jersey hold a referendum on same-sex marriage?

Kevin Matthews
student | Queen Village
“No, that’s an issue for legislators. They’re more informed. It’s better to have experts decide such matters, because they understand the legal repercussions. With a referendum, you’d have some people voting in a biased manner. That would be unfortunate.”
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