Street Talk

Should government fund public broadcasting?

Sarah Burns
student | Washington Square West
“Yes. I watch a lot of PBS online. I’d be very sad and disappointed if they lost their funding. True, there’s a liberal bias, but it’s not as extreme as Fox News. For the most part, public broadcasting has balanced programs.”
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What are you looking forward to about spring?

Bill Bell
fitness coach | Bella Vista
“The flowers — especially Gerbera daisies. They’re beautiful. I come back to life in the spring. The sunshine and warmth bring me back to life. The flowers just make everything more beautiful.”
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Do you agree with the Supreme Court's decision on funeral protests?

Rebecca Hobson
student | Washington Square West
“Yes. The Supreme Court’s job is to uphold the Constitution, and that’s what they’ve done in this case. I just wish saner heads would prevail. It would be great if — somehow — the protesters could be persuaded to back off.”
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Is it significant that the White House social secretary is gay?

Caitlin Hoffman
disease-intervention specialist | Society Hill
“Yes, it’s a plus for the gay community. But I don’t think Michelle Obama hired him because he’s gay. He was chosen for his qualifications. I hope the gentleman will use his position to bring about pro-LGBT legislation.”
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How long will it take for national marriage equality?

Christopher Boland
general contractor | South Philadelphia
“Fifteen years. First, people have to learn how to get along. They have to learn how to work together. Then they can address the gay-marriage issue. Right now, there’s too much else to deal with — earthquakes, war, the economy.”
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What LGBT icon should be on a postage stamp?

Colin Higgins
poet | Mayfair
“Freddie Mercury. He had a powerful stage presence. I admired his courage to be flamboyant at a time when it wasn’t as accepted [as today]. His voice was strong, and his music was beautiful. I’ve always been drawn to his music.”
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Is Philadelphia ready for an openly LGBT City Council person?

Ryan Dieringer
musician | South Philadelphia
“Definitely within the next eight years, we’ll have an open lesbian or gay on City Council. But it might take longer to have an open transgender. My impres-sion of the prevailing sentiment of the city is that it’s moving in the right direction — I’m surprised we haven’t had one already.”
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