CF100: 2016 07 31 – Who We Love & Voting on Sunshine

Each week the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read normally 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. My solar piece was included in print this week.

What was the biggest story of the week?

What a joy to watch Commissioner Patty Sheehan beautifully describe our community’s strengths and challenges to Secretary Clinton. Her work in the weeks since Pulse has been outstanding. During the conversation, she sat next to Imam Muhammad Musri who has tirelessly shared moderate Muslims condemnation of violence and commitment to peace. Sheehan was rightly proud saying, “Hating another group of people is not the answer. Hating a Muslim is the same as hating a gay person, and hating a Hispanic person, or hating any person because of their background…. We’ve got to start being defined by who we love.”

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

Here in the Sunshine State we have not one but two chances to vote on sunshine in the upcoming elections. Sadly, the ballot question process once again conspires to confuse voters. As someone with solar panels on my roof this frustrates me. The question on our August ballot deserves our support. It encourages homeowners to install solar panels. The question that will appear on our November ballot is an energy industry ploy to limit our use of this abundant, clean and renewal energy source. Having trouble keeping it straight? Match the letters. Aye in August. Nay in November. Shine on!

The series focuses on state and local news.

Read the Sentinel’s introduction to the series

Read my first post on the series.

My posts related to this can be found using the categories in the right sidebar. Click either Central Florida or Current Events.

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