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?
Bomb threats called into two area Jewish centers last Wednesday are a disturbing sign of our times. While the calls turned out to be empty threats, the impact on the centers’ children, parents, and staff cannot be dismissed. These acts are intended to cause disruption both physical and emotional. They have no place in our community or in any community. While this kind of emotional harassment is not new, there was a dramatic uptick in biased based incidents following the November election, primarily anti-immigrant, anti-black, anti-Muslim, and anti-LGBT (per The Southern Poverty Law Center). Violence breeds violence. We must de-escalate.
What will be the biggest story in the coming week?
Orlando kicks off its series of celebrations of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this evening (Sunday, January 8) with its annual MLK Candlelight Vigil and Interfaith Service. Open to all, the event begins at Orlando City Hall at 6:00 pm. After opening remarks, those gathered will join civic and religious leaders in processing to First Presbyterian Church for the city’s annual MLK Interfaith and Multicultural Service. The theme of the evening draws on King’s reminder that “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” A beautiful event for all ages!
The series focuses on state and local news.
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