The last couple of days have been emotional in the state of Alabama for many residents as they salvage what they can from their demolished homes. Thousands of people have lost their homes and hundreds have died from the tornadoes that swept through the state on April 27th. Neighborhoods were wiped out, businesses were destroyed, and trees and power poles were toppled. It was a devastating day that we will never forget.
There have been over 200 fatalities in Alabama, according to state and local officials. As we have all seen, some of the most damaged areas have been Tuscaloosa, Cullman, Pratt City, and Pleasant Grove. The state Emergency Management Agency reported Thursday night there were 37 deaths in Tuscaloosa County, 18 deaths in Jefferson County, and 2 deaths in Cullman County. The areas around Tuscaloosa and Birmingham will receive plenty of help and funding over the next weeks, as they should. These areas have been heavily reported in the media, but please don’t forget about the many other smaller towns and counties that have been affected as well. Many towns such as Rainesville and Hackleburg were hit just as hard by the tornado, but they will not receive the funding as quick as other towns will.
The EMA reported fatalities in19 different counties throughout the state. The death toll in Dekalb County reached 32, while 27 deaths were confirmed in Franklin County. Walker and Lawrence Counties each had 14 deaths, and St. Clair County reported 13 fatalities. So many people from all over the state were affected by the tornadoes that hit our state. Most of the aide and help I have seen from people are going to Tuscaloosa. Tuscaloosa needs all of the help that they can get right now, but please remember all of the other towns affected as well.
I encourage you all to lend a helping hand to fellow Alabamians that are struggling. If you are not able to help, you can also make a donation to your local Red Cross by visiting www.redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross. Also, you can click here to see a list of places to make donations. It is amazing to see how the people of Alabama join together and help each other in times of need; it truly makes you proud to live in Alabama. Please keep the victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers as we enter a rebuilding stage. We are Alabama, and we will recover.
Congress recently voted to appeal the policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell”, which allows homosexuals to serve in the military as long as they do not discuss their sexual orientation. Many homosexuals have been affected by this military policy.
This policy has resulted in the discharge of around 16,000 patriotic soldiers since it policy was put in to effect 17 years ago. Approximately 4,000 other service members have voluntary left the service because of this policy. Military services are experiencing shortfalls, and allowing gays to serve openly could be expected to increase recruitment.
This policy seems to be based off nothing but fear and has nothing to do with performance. In a 1993 study by the Government Accountability Office, it was shown that allowing gays in the military was not a problem and that there were no issues in the functioning of military units. This policy was not based on sound research, we know of no research to prove that an openly gay service hurts the military.
This is not a matter of whether or not you support gay lifestyles or gay marriages. These are the people that fight for our freedoms. We should find it disrespectful to tell the men and women who are fighting to protect this nation that they cannot be open about things like their sexual orientation.
The late Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., is a respected conservative and was the 1964 GOP presidential nominee. He also served in the United States Air Force and was a veteran of World War II. Goldwater got it right with one sentence, “You don’t have to be straight in the military, you just have to be able to shoot straight.”
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