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 when there are published online, usually Saturday. 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.
What was the biggest story of the week?
Monday’s #SitInForThe49 drew attention to much needed gun reform and the need to keep our communities safe and free from discrimination of all kinds. A diverse coalition occupied the atrium of the building housing Senator Marco Rubio’s Orlando office, maintaining a presence of 70-80 from 10:00am-7:00pm. The group presented the senator’s office with a list of demands and invited a representative from the office meet with the group in the atrium, which they eventually did. Upon eviction, 10 brave members of the coalition chose to be arrested, demonstrating their commitment to ending the epidemic of violence plaguing our country.
What will be the biggest story in the coming week?
Campaign signs of all types will continue to appear as political conversations take place, VP choices are announced, and local primaries enter the pre-election month. Let’s hope that signs don’t also disappear. Too often, people think that removing (i.e. stealing) the signs of opposing candidates is a wise tactic. It is not. Not only is it mean-spirited and petty, it is illegal. Let’s support our chosen candidates by lifting them up… not by tearing others down.
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