LOOK­ING AHEAD THIS WEEK

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Bor­der-wall de­bate

Earl Crit­ten­den Jr.,

Can the pres­i­dent de­clare a national emer­gency as a way to build his bor­der wall? Pub­lished ex­pert le­gal opin­ions are sur­pris­ingly all over the map and from un­ex­pected sources. For ex­am­ple, The New York Times has said yes, he can. And Fox News has said no, he can’t. But lit­tle has been fo­cused on the re­al­ity that well over a third of the land needed is pri­vately owned and the em­i­nent-do­main power would be nec­es­sary, and surely un­pop­u­lar, to in­voke. (Texas landown­ers have already made that clear.) For what it’s worth, note that it took 15 years for the army to seize land by em­i­nent do­main for the Tru­man Dam.

DeSan­tis and en­vi­ron­ment

John L. Evans Jr.,

Catch­ers are pug­na­cious, as all base­ball and soft­ball play­ers know. Our new gov­er­nor played the po­si­tion, and as demon­strated this past week in the in­au­gu­ral buzz, Ron DeSan­tis will be in­de­fati­ga­ble in ex­e­cut­ing con­ser­va­tive policy. Said dif­fer­ently, this is no Char­lie Crist. One in­ter­est­ing and wel­come sub­plot for many con­ser­va­tives: Will he re­ally be a Teddy Roo­sevelt pro-en­vi­ron­ment Repub­li­can? Red tide must be reck­oned with. Sci­en­tists sug­gest this is a deep, pro­tracted prob­lem ... Time will tell if the right guy is be­hind the plate.

March for Life

Francisco Gon­za­lez,

If you’re read­ing this, you’re a sur­vivor. You made it out of your mother’s womb alive. In 2017, there were 68,935 fe­tuses in Florida (and nearly 1 mil­lion na­tion­wide) who were not so lucky. To bring light to this great in­jus­tice, hun­dreds of thou­sands of Amer­i­cans will con­gre­gate this week in Washington, D.C., for the 45th an­nual March for Life. While there are many lives to mourn, the good news is these an­nual num­bers are in de­cline, mostly thanks to tech­nol­ogy pro­vid­ing fur­ther aware­ness, through sono­grams, that life be­gins far be­fore we de­tach from that um­bil­i­cal cord.

Help­ing on MLK Day

Anna McPher­son,

As Martin Luther King Day ap­proaches on Jan. 21, now’s the time to con­sider par­tic­i­pat­ing in the “Great Day of Ser­vice.” Since the as­sas­si­na­tion of Dr. King, as a so­ci­ety we have made great strides to­ward the dream where “peo­ple are not judged by the color of their skin, but by the con­tent of their char­ac­ter,” but we still have much more work to do. In our po­lit­i­cally charged en­vi­ron­ment, Martin Luther King Day gives us a mo­ment to stop, re­flect and serve our com­mu­ni­ties to­gether. Con­sider mark­ing the day by par­tic­i­pat­ing in an act of ser­vice. Check out www.Or­lando.gov/ini­tia­tives/ mlk for more in­for­ma­tion.

Tal­ent is pri­or­ity, con­cern

Pamela Nabors,

Jan­uary brings out the economists, as we look ahead to a year full of eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties … and chal­lenges. UCF and the Florida Cham­ber Foun­da­tion are hosting events this month that will be all about — guess what — tal­ent! The Cham­ber’s 2019 Eco­nomic Out­look Sum­mit takes place Mon­day in Lake Nona Med­i­cal City. Florida’s 2.5 mil­lion small busi­nesses com­prise 99.8 per­cent of busi­nesses in the state, and em­ploy 3.3 mil­lion work­ers. That makes tal­ent — and tal­ent ac­qui­si­tion — a top pri­or­ity … and con­cern. This statewide sum­mit gives Cen­tral Florida an op­por­tu­nity to chime in on emerg­ing re­gional is­sues and con­trib­ute solutions to pop­u­late the tal­ent pool.

‘Hamil­ton’ on the way

Bren­dan O’Con­nor,

“Hamil­ton” is com­ing to Dr. Phillips, as you know if you have an­noy­ing friends like I do who hap­pened to get tick­ets. Not ev­ery­one got tick­ets, Deb­o­rah, I’m happy for you, but keep it to your­self. Stay off Face­book next week if you don’t want to hear about it. Huge win for Dr. Phillips Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, though, who have been on a roll with their block­buster pro­gram­ming.

Col­lab­o­ra­tion key to in­no­va­tion

Ed Schons,

Those who have mas­tered the art of work­ing smarter un­der­stand the im­por­tance of find­ing some­one who has already solved a prob­lem be­fore tack­ling the chal­lenge alone. This rings true among lead­ers in our tech­nol­ogy in­dus­try who know bet­ter than most that col­lab­o­ra­tion is key to un­lock­ing in­no­va­tion. In­deed, two events, Otron­i­con and the Florida In­ter­ac­tive Entertainment Academy’s Press Play, will foster the shar­ing of knowl­edge among Or­lando’s top com­pa­nies and in­sti­tu­tions to spark in­no­va­tion and in­spire fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Surely, by the end, a seed will have been planted for the next big idea to emerge from our re­gion.

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