Each week, the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this week’s 100-word responses when there are published online, usually late Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday print edition. (The first entry below appears on page A19 on the 8/12/18 print edition).
What was the biggest story of the week?
As mail-in ballots arrive and early polling stations open, Central Floridians watch election results nationwide. While possibly a referendum on the direction of the nation, our votes also show who we will be as a state, a county, and a city. Forces beyond our control suggest our individual votes make little difference. Yet, particularly in the last two years, Orlando has strived, repeatedly, to make decisions that celebrate the diversity of our community and honor the health and well-being of the whole. Our votes at this time will show if we continue to swim against the national and global tide.
What will be the biggest story in the coming week?
What must we do today to ensure a peaceful, just, and sustainable future for Central Florida? Just the issue of sustainability raises many questions about our social systems, our economic systems, and about our ecosystem. The next mayor of Orange County will play a key role in ensuring that we are on course to the tomorrow we want. What a great thing, then, that key stakeholders in these areas have convened a Sustainability Forum for the candidates for that position. And, thank you to the candidates for accepting the invitation. (August 15, 6:00 PM, CREDO Conduit, 1001 N Orange Ave.)
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