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 late Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday print edition.
What was the biggest story of the week?
We are all connected… by our aquifer if nothing else. A new sink hole caused hundreds of millions of gallons of contaminated water to leak from a fertilizer plant in Newberry into the Floridan Aquifer. The company, Mosaic, was quick to report to the Florida EPA, yet significantly delayed in reporting to the public. Now, while recovery efforts continue, Mosaic is paying for water tests for concerned neighbors. Meanwhile, it is up to all of us to be vigilant to protect the long-term future of our precious aquifer from this and other threats including pipelines, fracking, and overuse.
What will be the biggest story in the coming week?
The first presidential debate will illuminate the stark differences between the two major party candidates. Our watch parties in Central Florida interest the nation because of the swing potential of the state. I’ll be looking for a candidate who truly understands our on-going challenges regarding inequality and intolerance around race, gender, religion, class, sexual orientation, and gender identity. I will be looking for an inclusive heart, an even temperament, and a sharp mind. I’ll be looking for that person who can articulate the better future we know is possible even while inspiring us to face the challenges of today.
The series focuses on state and local news.
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