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.
What was the biggest story of the week?
This week brought us the impressive commitment of our local Planned Parenthood facilities to keep their doors open in face of the domestic terror attack in Colorado. Providing wide ranging reproductive services and important education, these facilities are critical to many who would otherwise go unserved. It is frustrating enough that staff, clients, and those supporting them must endure harassment as they enter the clinics. It is frightening (terrorizing) that hateful rhetoric inspires attacks of this kind. Words have consequences. We must note that even middle-aged white guys can create terror and a toxic environment.
What will be the biggest story in the coming week?
What happens over the next two weeks at the United Nations Climate Change Conference will have incredible impact on Florida. As a largely sea-level state with abundant coast line, sea level rise will matter here more than in many areas. We ignore the science at our peril. Addressing issues in the short term may be uncomfortable, but this discomfort will pale in comparison to the difficulties that will be faced in the long run if we do nothing. Paris has the opportunity to become a place of possibility – a vision of people of goodwill from around the world working together.
The series focuses on state and local news.
My posts related to this can be found using the categories in the right sidebar. Click either Central Florida or Current Events.