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 the first week’s 100-word responses here. For those without access, here are my responses.
What was the biggest story of the week?
The debate in advance of Florida’s first bear hunt in over 20 years raised many questions. The results of the event, which ended after only two of the seven planned days, raises even more. Quotas were exceeded. Both lactating females and cubs were killed. Fines and warnings are small comfort to motherless cubs in the woods today. The debate must continue. Florida is richly endowed with natural beauty. Shall our legacy be the slaughter of innocent animals or rather a commitment to ensuring that our growing human population lives in harmony with the natural world?
What will be the biggest story in the coming week?
The national conversation about race has come back to Florida. The fatal shooting of Corey Jones, a black man, by a white plain clothes police officer in Palm Beach Gardens is one more death that raises questions. While it may be difficult to know the details of any one situation, we cannot deny the trends that have caused many to ask whether Black Lives Matter. Officials have promised transparency and a full investigation in this case. Moving forward, let us hope the hard questions, including “What is justice?” are asked.
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