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Memorial Day, We Remember, Beyond Burgers, Brats, and Buns

May 27th, 2019 Comments off


It was after services this Memorial Day weekend, and our family was recognizing the contributions of various military members that we know.


For example, publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach was telling a retired special forces operator ‘I know it’s Memorial Day weekend, and not Veterans Day weekend, but I just wanted to thank you for your service to the country.’ That vet, still a reasonably young man, said ‘Your welcome, and thank you for knowing the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.’

Memorial Day is when Americans recognize the memory of those who have died in the service of our country – thus ‘Memorial’ day. Flags, for example, may be planted on the grave sites or tombstones of veterans.

That said, part of how one remembers the stories of the fallen is from those who survived to tell those tales.

In that context, the video below is a poignant reminder of veterans from wars, past or current.



Freedom isn’t free. It never has been. It never will be. Look at history and you often see in the details of an epoch the struggle of one group(s) or nation(s) trying to dominate or ‘conquer’ other groups or people.

There is liberty that is:

  • Economic,
  • Social,
  • Political,
  • Religious,
  • Intellectual,
  • Health and safety,
  • Speech,
  • and so on through the various types of freedom.



Cartoon caricature of L.A. ‘Tony’ Kovach at the bottom right, who earned these history awards in statewide scholastic competitions, plus other awards in history that didn’t come with a medal. Living with Tony at times is like living with a history instructor.

Freedom must not be confused with license, that’s a principle that dates back centuries,” said award-winning history buff and manufactured home industry veteran, Tony Kovach. “Part of what challenges our industry faces also has parallel challenges in other modern or prior professions here in the U.S.  We [in manufactured housing] are not alone, even if our circumstances in manufactured housing may be more exacerbated than many other sectors of the economy.  Memorial Day reminds us that freedom isn’t free. It always has, and always will require a keen eye to what the internal and external threats are, and how those threats must be met with a morally appropriate response.”

Therefore, we pause to give thanks to those who’ve fallen, without whom, America and much if not all of the world may not be free at all today.  Numbers of those veterans live in a manufactured home, as the video interview below reminds us.




Lessons of the Past Can Guide our Present to a Better Future

It is also worth noting that while the U.S. essentially took pragmatic sides in World War II, and has in other conflicts before and since, a close look at the Second World War reveals that two great socialist-minded, dictatorial systems were contesting for European, and then potentially global domination. The National Socialists – a.k.a., the Nazis of Hitler’s Germany – were a different form of socialism then the former U.S.S.R. espoused.  The old Soviet Union, the USSR, was short for “Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.”

In Venezuela, in Cuba, in North Korea, in former Nazi Germany, or the now-former Soviet Union, in China, Vietnam, Cambodia and elsewhere, socialism proved deadly and dictatorial to tens of millions. A few elites lived or live well at the top.  Meanwhile, the masses struggled, or even starved.  In essentially every case, socialism was ‘sold’ to the masses through promises that sounded great, but were never kept.


“Death by Government,” Fascism, Communism, Socialism, ‘Big Brother,’ per Williams, Rummel and Owens


Those who fell in battle during WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or in other conflicts against socialistic or communistic powers kept other nations and our own freer. America isn’t perfect, it never has been, nor will it ever be because the U.S.A. is made up of imperfect people.  But America has been greater than so many nations precisely because it has done so much for so many, so selflessly. Fallen warriors can be thanked for that truth.

As a closing historical note, to make that last point, Mexico is a free neighboring nation.  But in the Mexican American War, which took place from April 25, 1846 – February 3, 1848 (1 year, 9 months, 1 week and 1 day), the U.S. after winning the war, gave Mexico back the bulk of its territory. Try to find other nations in world history that did something like that, and did it so often?



Americans today have been cut off from much of what is noble about our land’s history.  Yes, there were dark episodes, but that is true for any nation in the march from slavery or serf-like status toward human freedom. Our history as a nation, should inspire our industry’s professionals to resist the drift toward socialism, or to the threat from monopoly.  Both are to be opposed vigorously.  Because each one are a threat to all of our freedoms as Americans.

This writer is happy to have come to the USA lawfully, and is happy about both my ancestral homeland while also taking pride in being an American.

We can thank U.S. service personnel over the centuries who made the ultimate sacrifice by dying for their country.  That has made it possible that you and we are free to pursue our part of the American Dream today. Salute!

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Memorial Day – 60 Second Video, Honoring the Fallen Who Preserved Freedom

May 28th, 2018 Comments off

Collage is produced from stirring images from the video posted below.

Economic, personal, religious, and political freedom are never free. Each one always comes at a cost.


We stand, and live free in the shadow of those who have safeguarded our freedoms.

Memorial Day honors those who gave their lives for others. 

Unlike many nations, Americans have fought, bled, and died not only for our own freedom, but also in many cases for the freedom of others.

·        France and many nations in Europe,

·        Morocco and nations in Africa,

·        South Korea and nations in Asia

are among those who are free today because Americans bled and died to liberate or keep them free. 

So, those who spin American history to be one of pure oppression are either ignorant of – or worse, ignore – the good that soldiers, sailors, airmen, or others who serve in intelligence, and support services have done.  Many of them paid the ultimate price of giving their lives for others.

We should look at history with clear eyes and historic perspectives. We should not project our advantages back onto those who did not have the same insights.  We can’t condemn those who had no internet at their fingertips for lacking that technology which some of them created, and which we enjoy today.

World history is largely a long series of stories that are often about slavery, domination, and oppression.

The civil rights movement accomplishments of the past 50 years in America, and the freeing of slaves during the Civil War a century before, must be understood in a context of a world we’re slavery was commonplace. Slavery sadly still exists in the world today. Sex trafficking, and other forms of human bondage still occurs daily.  There are places in the world where humans are auctioned off to others, just as happened over 150 years ago on this continent.

We’ve made progress in certain ways, but the world still needs more work.  The fight for freedom is never over.  

America isn’t perfect, and never has been. But that imperfection isn’t a reason to lament, or reject our past. We aren’t perfect either. An candid look at reality can inspire us to do even better. Let us lift up those who have fallen in thoughts and prayers of thanksgiving, and in our memories.  

There are divisions which some will exploit, with the notion of gaining some power over others. It’s entirely wrong-headed to look back at only the bad, when the USA – more than any nation in world history – sacrificed for each other, and for so many others abroad too. Memories of the total sacrifice of the fallen should inspire us personally to do better.



For those who haven’t been to Arlington National Cemetery, it is a quietly inspiring place. It is located across the river from Washington, D.C., not far from the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam, WWII, and Korean War memorials. Still from White House video on this page, caption by MHProNews.

Today isn’t Veterans Day. Memorial Day is for those who have fallen.  

Without those who gave it all, we might be living in a Communist, Nazi, and other kind of dictatorship today.  

You are able to do good business as a free person, in concert with other free people, because of the sacrifices of others.  Today, we honor those who made our freedoms possible. ##  (Event news, analysis, and commentary.)  

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California Dreamin’ – Another Manufactured Home Community Under Siege

April 7th, 2017 Comments off

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In the Little Saigon area of Westminster, California, the Green Lantern Village & Mobile Home community has served as an affordable beacon, including veterans of the Vietnam War.

Now, its days may be numbered.

According to the LA Times, property owner Walsh Properties LLC informed residents last week about plans to apply for a new land use permit that would allow for development. About 100 residents filled the community’s clubhouse to learn more about the plans.

Then they got a surprise.

Residents say they were told that the property was already in escrow in preparation for its sale, and that they may be forced to move out by early 2018, once the owner complies with local and state regulations, including holding a public hearing and providing services to residents.

I feel frozen. I can’t think,” said resident Mai Luu. She moved into the community in 1989.

We were refugees. We will be adrift again.”

Eighty percent of the community’s residents are Vietnamese-American, and say they would be priced out of the Orange County housing market.


A home in the community. Credit: Homes.

Ross Bartlett, a member of the family that owns the community, was in attendance at the meeting, along with staff from Overland, Pacific & Cutler Inc., an Irvine-based relocation specialist. The company will interview each family to document their moving needs before submitting a report to the city.

Our family has been considering selling the property for the past decade,” said Bartlett.

My grandfather bought the property at the end of World War II. In order to continue to operate, we would have to rip up roads inside the park and lay new electrical, water and sewer lines on the property at an estimated cost of $3 million, which the family cannot afford.”


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For some residents, the idea that this had been a decade-long thought process did not sit well.

I feel betrayed,” said resident David Griffin.

They intended to sell the whole time — so why bother to have us together today? If they don’t give me fair market value for what I have, I don’t know what I will do.”

Resident Nghia Bui says that he does have a plan.

“I plan to stage a protest as the permit process winds it way though City Hall,” said Bui, who created a flyer, advising immigrant residents of what to say in protest: “We are old; we are poor. Changing the land is changing my living. Please don’t.

No one wants to leave here,” said resident Son Do. “New people moved in just months ago, others just a few years ago. What choices do they have? How does anyone find a safe and affordable place in Orange County?

As residents wait for the next steps, some say their stress levels are higher than ever.

We can’t sleep,” said resident Nhi Tran.

In my mind, I’m thinking: What about my job? What about finding a new school? But we are young — we worry for the older people. They have no place to go, no one to turn to.”

MH Industry Perspectives On Like Issues 

As this scenario continues to play out in the U.S. and Canada, the thoughts shared by ROC USA President Paul Bradley are relevant.


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Paul Bradley. photo credit: Fosters.

How can we promote homeownership and sell new homes on leased land and at the same time close communities?” Bradley questioned.

It’s like selling tickets to a zoo where ‘only 1 in a 100 are eaten by the lions!’”

One way to address this is to segment true homeownership land lease communities and differentiate it from traditional ‘parks’ where closure remains a risk, not a certainty but a risk.

Georgia Manufactured Housing Association’s Jay Hamilton sees it differently.

One of the biggest reasons that a Manufactured Home Community Owner sells his property is that over time property taxes increase four and five-fold.  But the owner can’t economically escalate the lot rent quick enough to keep up.  Or the resident could not afford to live there if they did,” said Hamilton.


Jay Hamilton, Executive Director, Georgia Manufactured Housing Association.

As communities become surrounded and engulfed by restaurants, Hilton Hotels, stadiums, big box stores, airports, residential and commercial developments – property taxes begin exceeding the total revenue from renting spaces.” ##

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Seniors Joining Millennials in Ranks or those Living with Relatives

November 24th, 2013 Comments off

While the percentage of Millennials (ages 18-31) moving back with their parents rose from 34 percent in 2009 to 36 percent in 2012, as MHProNews reported Aug. 6, 2013, reports multi-generational living is going in another direction as well: The number of seniors living with their children and other relatives is also on the rise, although it depends upon the native origins of the seniors. According to HousingWire, 25 percent of foreign-born seniors live with family members as compared to only six percent of those native-born. But it depends upon the country of birth. Seniors from India, Vietnam and Haiti rank the highest in terms of the likelihood of multi-generational households.

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