I was driving home Tuesday night and happened to catch the beginning of the governor’s State of the State address.

My first thought was why couldn’t I have that type of southern accent? I feel that if I did I would be a much better storyteller, like Kathryn Tucker Windham.  It’s just a pleasant accent to listen to in my opinion. I guess I should have been born further south for that. I’m stuck with this North Alabama accent though. I hope maybe it will get more like molasses as I grow older.

My second thought was, nothing much ever changes I guess. When I was in college I liked watching soap operas. And it didn’t matter if you missed watching them for two or three months, because whenever you picked up watching they were still going to be trying to figure out if the Salem stalker is Andre or Marlena. That’s what the government reminds me of.

They’re still talking about the lottery, education and the prison system. I guess it’s good for me, because if I ever go back to being a reporter I won’t be that out of the loop. Of course, Ivey did say, “The more things change the more they stay the same.”

She also said she was happy to report that the state of Alabama is strong and growing. I’m really not sure I believe her on that one, but, being a Democrat myself, I liked when she said that no one party has a monopoly on good ideas and that’s why she has regular meetings with bipartisan leadership of the House and Senate.

I’m happy that educators are getting a pay raise and that Pre-K is getting more money. I’ve always said that improving education in Alabama is the only way for us to ever break the cyclical problems, like poverty, that hinder statewide progress.

She mentioned rural healthcare, but I guess we’re still not expanding Medicaid. It’s a shame, at least it seems so to me, that our lawmakers refused and continue to refuse something that would help more than 300,000 citizens.

And if it were legal, I’d bet money that we won’t be getting a lottery anytime soon since we have to wait around for a group to research the benefits of it. While we’re waiting I guess I’ll just keep on driving over to Tennessee occasionally to get my scratch-offs.

While I’m there I might buy gas and might go buy a few things at the Kimball Walmart and Dollar Tree. I will definitely spend quite a bit at Goodwill and Mama will have to get her a plate of Chinese food at the buffet there. I’m not going to lie, I mostly go there for the Goodwill store, but our state, as well as municipalities and county governments, is losing out on a lot more than just money that would be made from selling lottery tickets.

I did not, in case you were wondering, watch the State of the Union address.

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