There are simply not enough gay folks here at the Lake of the Ozarks. We also have a severe shortage of black folks, Mexicans, Asians, Eskimos, Italians and many other minorities representing diverse cultures.



There are simply not enough gay folks here at the Lake of the Ozarks. We also have a severe shortage of black folks, Mexicans, Asians, Eskimos, Italians and many other minorities representing diverse cultures.
I have concluded that this drought of diversity is the cause of many of our misguided opinions by we locals when speaking about the problems faced by everyone else in America but us.
How can the good folks here at the Lake of the Ozarks possibly understand the issue of gay folks serving openly in the armed forces and doing away with the absurdly adolescent , “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy currently in force?
It would be nearly impossible for folks living here to understand why two gay people might want the right to marry the person they love like any other couple in America?
It’s not our fault that we are totally against such ideas, we don’t see gay people, we don’t socialize with gay people and we certainly have never witnessed gay folks strolling down our streets holding hands.
 Anything which doesn’t fit our concept of normal or acceptable frightens us.
If we are never exposed to people living the gay lifestyle, if we have never had a personal friendship with a gay person, if we have never had the opportunity to care about someone who is gay, how are we supposed to understand?
The majority of us living here at the lake are not stupid, but unfortunately many of us are ignorant to what’s going on in much of the country.
We are not mean people but we are easily frightened.
There is an easy solution to our dilemma. What we must do is reason out the problem in our minds and decide based on our sense of what is right and what is wrong.
If any group of Americans are denied rights given to the vast majority of their fellow Americans, chances are it’s just not right.
If the rights being requested by a group of fellow Americans will do no harm to anyone, chances are we should grant those rights.
Finally, if our denying those rights being requested by some of our fellow Americans results in their not sharing in the ideas of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” we are probably being unfair.
Eric Reeve, Macks Creek