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. (Please note that the paper is now printing selected responses in the Sunday edition rather than the Wednesday edition.)
What was the biggest story of the week?
Flying in the face of faculty members, university and college presidents, and campus law enforcement, the Florida House this week passed as campus carry bill. The willingness to work an agenda in spite of the input of those impacted by that agenda is appalling. Fortunately, it is unlikely that the Senate will jump on the bandwagon and so this will die where it is, the results being the House members who voted to allow guns on campus have simply exposed themselves and their willingness to work against the common good.
What will be the biggest story in the coming week?
With the Zika virus having appeared in four Florida counties, it is reasonable to assume it will appear in Central Florida soon. Given the possible connection to birth defects, it is more important than ever that prospective mothers and all women of childbearing years have access to reproductive options so that they can make the best decisions for themselves and their families. It is time for our public health officials to ensure not only choice but access to this care.
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