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. Selected responses appear in the Sunday edition while the on-line comments are available a day or two before. My Tubman comments were selected fro publication this week.
What was the biggest story of the week?
We want folks to report suspicious and potentially dangerous activity. We want law enforcement to take such reports seriously. The problem is exaggerated ideas about what is suspicious and potentially dangerous and responses that exacerbate rather than deescalate situations. We don’t know the catalyst that sparked an unfortunate social media alert in a UCF library this week. It may have been as simply as prayer or finals frustration. We do know it triggered a police response. While those involved reflect on their responses, we can all work to create a climate in which simple catalysts needs not generate oversized responses.
What will be the biggest story in the coming week?
The series focuses on state and local news.
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