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 here. For those without access, here are my responses. (The first appeared in the print edition this week.)
What was the biggest story of the week?
Last week’s investigative report on the use of force by the Orlando Police Department (“Focus on Force,” 11/6/15) was a timely and important contribution to the national and local conversation on policing. While it certainly highlights areas for improvement within the force, it can also be a catalyst for broader conversations about the kind of community in which we wish to live. At every level of community life we should be clear about our expectations of those who we call on to serve and protect. More importantly, we should be clear about our own commitments to creating community we desire.
What will be the biggest story in the coming week?
In the weeks to come, watch for the varied responses to the Obama administration’s rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline. In coming down on the side of those who say that we need to keep fossil fuels “in the ground,” the administration is putting its own stake in the ground. Environmental concerns and climate disruption will be major issues for future administrations and for states like Florida with growing ecological challenges and fossil fuel pressures. Will we reject and deny reality, or will we mobilize to make the move toward a Clean Energy Economy while we still have time?
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