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?
Every Tuesday rallies take place in Orlando to express concern over events in our nation’s capital. Two weeks ago, a rally outside Senator Rubio’s office asked him to take stands against the Muslim ban, unqualified presidential nominees, and the dismantling of our healthcare system. This last Tuesday, a rally outside Senator Nelson’s office offered encouragement for him to continue to stand strong in the face of the destruction of American values. Similar rallies are taking place across the nation thanks to the collaborative efforts of groups including the newly emerged “Indivisible,” which now boasts several chapters in Central Florida.
What will be the biggest story in the coming week?
“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” This line, uttered in the US Senate this week, makes me think of the first minister of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. The congregation, founded 105 years ago this week, was first served by Rev. Elinor Gordon. Women ministers were rare in 1912, but Rev. Gordon was also a suffragette. I, for one, am glad that she persisted in her work. This week, as First Unitarian breaks ground on a renovation of our campus, I dream that future generations will say of Orlando women today, “Nevertheless, she persisted.”
The series focuses on state and local news.
My posts related to this can be found using the categories in the right sidebar. Click either Central Florida or Current Events.