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

May 28th, 2018 Comments off
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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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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(Publisher’s note: The content following “MH Industry Perspectives On Like Issues” was added on 4.12.2017 for clarity, based upon industry reader feedback, which we hereby thank those who suggested that was useful for this article to enhance the balance of the narrative.)

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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, Trulia.com 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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