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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