Ahhh, the beginning of a New Year.
It always brings such hope and optimism. Just because the date on the calendar changes, somehow we feel we can immediately stop all of our bad habits, accomplish some lifetime goal, become marathon runners, get down to our college weight, be more organized and/or be more mindful (which seems to be the hottest new resolution of 2020!).
I am a sucker for a fresh start, too. And I generally resolve to overhaul everything in my life and totally rule the world by the end of each shiny, brand spanking new year we enter. So naturally, I usually fall into the 80 percent of people who give up on their resolutions by February. I am trying to take baby steps this year and just “do better” instead of complete and total transformations. We’ll see how that goes.
We all have our own personal goals but what should our city, state and country resolve to “do better” in 2020?
I have a few ideas ….
Mobile, the 318-year-old hot babe of a city she is, is old and set in some of her ways, but she can also get with the times. I mean, it’s not like she’s asking her great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter to show her how “the Twitter” works or anything like that. Mo can be savvy and hip, while retaining her historical charm. Just take a trip down St. Louis Street to see how she has managed to accomplish this impressive duality.
But she’s not perfect either. In fact, she has some issues she could work on.
Obviously, she needs a new airline to come in down at Brookley since Frontier Airlines announced this week it would suspend flights from there in April 2020, leaving us with one of our two airports with no airlines servicing it. Feels reminiscent of the time we had a cruise terminal with no cruise ship. And that is not a good thing. She’s hoping her people fix this sooner than later.
She’s also hoping the folks from Cordish, the company chosen to renovate the Civic Center, let us know if they are going to be able to deliver on what her citizens want in such a facility, which is not exactly what the Baltimore-based outfit originally proposed. But Mobilians want (and need) a place that can accommodate Mardi Gras, arts, sporting and other events with an updated, smaller arena that has the infrastructure to accommodate and attract modern touring acts.
She also hopes her City Council can look past racial and party divisions and find a way to grow the city, rather than shutting it down. She really doesn’t want a bunch of bratty burgs incorporating and taking her people and revenue, while also limiting the possibility for any future growth.
With the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) promising a billion dollars to the state if they are allowed to exclusively operate Class III gaming in our “sweet home,” it will be interesting to see how this plays out. While it does make Alabama a bit nervous to consider basically guaranteeing a monopoly to any type of business within her borders, she also doesn’t want to just sit around, do nothing and lose the revenue entirely either.
So either open it up to the free market or make the deal with PCI, but let’s not just lose this money to Mississippi. We need it.
And she also hopes it’s finally time to get her own lottery. I mean, even Mississippi has one now, and when ’Sippi starts beating us at stuff, it’s time to get real. She told me she is totally embarrassed by this. Can you blame her?
And she is also praying her legislature spends time passing bills that actually help her citizens this year, rather than focusing on things that grab headlines (looking at you, 2019 legislative session!) but not much else. Whether it’s improving infrastructure or healthcare or governmental transparency, there are many things they could tackle that could actually improve the lives of Alabamians. She hopes they resolve to do it!
The United States of America
Our country ’tis of thee, our sweet land of liberty is just hoping we can survive this election year without millions of human volcanoes of hate erupting, spewing highly toxic, red and blue lava out from sea to shining sea, leaving us in ashes on Nov. 4.
She’s tired of it. She just wants her people to love each other and to just be kind to one another. And forget about politics and parties. She says we can all take a cue from “Frozen” Elsa and just let some of this go!
Mostly she hopes and prays we aren’t about to get into a war. The thought of losing any more American lives is incomprehensible to her. She has always felt this way since the very first moment the ink dried on the Declaration of Independence, but she hasn’t been this concerned in a long time. What will she be hoping for this time next year? She is scared to even answer that question.
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