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, my responses are below. (This week Rev. Kathy’s fracking post was chosen for inclusion in the print edition.)
What was the biggest story of the week?
Last week, by unanimous vote of the County Commissioners, Orange County became the 32nd Florida County to ban fracking. This protects our environment and water supply. It also avoids tying our local economic development to fuel sources that are destined to become a thing of the past. The struggle is not over. Special interests continue to push state legislation aimed at preventing local governments from making their own determination in such matters. Additionally, not far away, efforts to frack the Everglades are underway. Preserving our environment, our health, and our precious gifts from opportunistic greed will take eternal vigilance.
What will be the biggest story in the coming week?
Across Central Florida, families will gather. Friends will find time for long neglected get-togethers. Those celebrating Christmas will enjoy the diverse traditions to which they are accustomed. Many not celebrating will enjoy a different pace as their celebrating friends are otherwise occupied. Most people will greet one another with sincere greetings and good intentions. Most people will return the greetings they receive with good cheer and in the spirit intended. Of course, other things will happen too, but I hope we will not lose track of these blessings and our prayers for peace – in our hearts and in our world.
The series focuses on state and local news.
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