Picture this; you live in a small southern town, you’re not rich, but you’re getting by, and life is good overall. But then, Mother Nature goes on a rampage, and everything you own is gone in seconds, leaving you with a pile of rubble where your home once stood.

Now picture this; the Red Cross rushes to the aid of your community in the wake of the disaster, providing food, water and clothing. The federal government responds, bringing in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) trailers to shelter you and your family until you can start rebuilding your lives.

Okay, now, picture this; a small town politician with an ego bigger than the Grand Canyon, and the IQ of a snail, refuses to allow you to have that FEMA trailer to live in, because the community has a law prohibiting single wide trailers, and by God, he intends to enforce it!

That may sound like the plot of a bad episode of the Dukes of Hazzard, where the Duke boys see the injustice and make it all better, and Boss Hogg gets his in the end. Unfortunately, it’s real life in Cordova, Alabama.

An EF-3 tornado, with winds of at least 140 mph, tore the small town, located about 35 miles from Birmingham, apart on the afternoon of April 27. Hours later, an even stronger twister, with winds of 170 mile per hour, hit the town again, killing four people and destroying everything in its path.

Dozens of homes and businesses were leveled, as well as most city buildings. The police department, city hall, a bank, and a pharmacy moved into FEMA trailers in the wake of the storms. But when it came to the citizens, Cordova Mayor Jack Scott reared up oh his hind legs and said “No way!”

It seems that the community has a restriction on single wide trailers, and Mayor Scott intends to enforce it, even if his constituents have to sleep on the bare ground. Scott has stubbornly refused to budge on the issue, despite complaints from Cordova citizens, and bad publicity nationwide. He doesn’t want run down trailers in his town, and that’s that! Yes, the town government is using the same trailers he has barred, but that’s “for the good of the community” he explained. Apparently, having a roof over your head isn’t “good for the community.”

I dealt with a lot of stupid, stubborn, narrow minded politicians in my years as a small town newspaper publisher, but this pinhead takes the cake! Not only is he brain dead, he’s heartless.

Want to bet Mayor Scott’s home wasn’t one of those destroyed in the tornados? And as long as he’s okay, to hell with all that trailer trash. Who cares about the little people?

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16 Comments on Trailer Trash

  1. Karen says:

    I think the citizens of Cordova need to run him out of town on a rail. That is just the stupidest thing I have ever heard of. I wouldn;t be surprised to find that his house wasn’t touched by the storm. I just don’t understand the mentality of people like that. Yes, you have a code, but those people lost their homes–this isn’t a forever thing. If he doesn’t relent, I am sure he’ll be impeached.

  2. Bill says:

    Get the rope, Howie!

  3. Francis Callahan says:

    I would put the trailor on my land and let them try to take it off the guy is an jerk. Amazing how nervouus peoply get when they se a guy stand in his front yard with a pump shot gun the jerk is violating the guys civil rights

  4. Butch Williams says:

    Given the case that “Residents assumed they would be living in hundreds of the skinny FEMA mobile homes like people in neighboring towns hit by tornadoes. In fact, the Cordova Police Department, a pharmacy, a bank and city hall all have moved into similar trailers since the storm, the paper noted.”, his enforcement of the law seems quite discretionary and discriminatory.

    Personally, I would be quickly looking into the process for removing him from office. At this point it shouldn’t be hard to find support for it.


  5. Pat and Jim says:

    Someone must be agreeing with him, and it must be for a reason that benefits certain indiviuals within the community.

  6. George says:

    The common man/woman doesn’t win any or certainly not many battles these days. Unless you have the big, big money America seems to have forgotten about you or you are more of a nuisance.

  7. Dave B. says:

    I too suspect there is some one with money concerns behind this. The people may be able to take more time to pick the right contractors for repairs if they have a temporary place to stay. We can’t have that. We need to make some quick money and lots of it. It’s all about the money.

  8. Jim Mossman says:

    I am amazed at technology. We are in Woodstock, IL. There is an ad for Bull Valley Ford which is in Woodstock on your blog. My wife was searching for a sofa table for our daugher in law, and there is an ad for sofa tables on the blog. Actually it is kind of scary. What else are they tracking about us?
    Are these ads tailored for each person reading the blog?
    Read your regular blog and bad Nick all the time….great stuff

  9. Ed Hackenbruch says:

    All of the people without houses need to set up camp on the Mayor’s lawn……bet he would change his tune real quick. :>)

  10. We can’t quibble with a word you wrote, Nick, nor with anything your readers have written so far (although Francis takes it to an extreme, he is still right on this issue!). When we first read about that, we were astounded, and we still are. I hope someone doesn’t take out the Mayor permanently because of this!

  11. Dale says:

    My one thought: What race is the mayor and what race(s) are the folks who are homeless?

    Although different circumstances, the same kind of thing is being done in Michigan in the Benton Harbor area.

    When will people every learn?

  12. Doug says:

    I agree with what you said basically but wonder what else might be behind the mayor’s decision. Could it be the once you get people in these trailers it is darn hard to ever get them out again. They will stay there for years and years based upon the experiences in New Orleans.

  13. Linda says:

    Denying your citizens shelter in the face of disaster, good grief!! Well, alrighty then!! If I lived there and everything I’d worked for my whole life had been destroyed anyway it would be time to leave. Abandon the property covered with splintered trash, make no more payments, pay no more taxes and let the idiot mayor deal with it. On the other hand, everybody should just set up their FEMA trailers, move in and the hell with the idiot mayor. What’s he going to do??….throw everybody in jail because they tell him to shove it? Get a backbone people.

  14. Linda Sand says:

    So, how many of the displaced people are now living in the mayor’s guest room? How many are camped on his lawn? Is the mayor hoping the poor will be transplanted to another town for housing so he won’t have future responsibility for helping them? Is the mayor in the construction business? Does he own the local motel? What funds and other resources are the town supplying to house the displaced? So many questions; so few answers.

    If the mayor has alternate housing to offer that does not include price gouging then, and only then, may he be right to set this limit. For it is true that inertia often sets in after trauma so that people may stay in the FEMA trailers longer than they should for the town’s sake. But, if he has nothing else to offer now then he is wrong to forbid any emergency housing.

  15. Elaine & Mike says:

    I agree the mayor is a nasty person. Let the folks move into the FEMA trailers. they are not trashy looking, for god sakes these poor folks have been thru enough. if he does not relent on his threat, get rid of him. He is only a small town mayor who thinks he is god. Hold a special election and get rid of him. He only thinks about himself.

  16. Cat Lady says:

    Assuming the citizens did bring in the trailers, the mayor would not let the utilities be hooked up to the trailers. Good idea to camp out at the mayor’s house. ‘Course, he’ll just have the police remove his unwanted house guest from his property. Yep. Time for him to be escorted out-of-town.

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