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Keeping it Civil in Congress: Sign of the Times....Forgiveness Can Go a Long Way!

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Words have meaning and I believe the leadership on both sides should push people toward the center. But that is just my opinion. Sometimes we say a little too much and we walk that back. It happens  because people are passionate and sometimes fail to role reverse. However, right now as things stand in our nation keeping the inflammatory rhetoric to a minimum is important. I kind of watch the news and see how people are acting and reacting to each other and scratch my head. We see how these beliefs play out in our hometowns all across America. Words have meaning.  I consider myself an "Old Guard" Republican that sticks closely to the central values and beliefs that made our country great (Perhaps I'm not far right enough for some people's tastes but I think the rational center is where we should be and likely where the best solutions come. So I guess I'm a light right). My believes include the sanctity to practice any religion you want (why we started this country)

Honesty, Respect and Collaboration in Politics (What?) Its the Holidays! ๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ…

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Twisted "Grinch" Tree of Wisdom When we read through the news we seem to run into the sensationalism, hyper politics and a laser focus on conflict. At times we come across what appears to be a "feel good" article that is easily discarded as news rubbish. Religion, civil behavior, and reflection are about thinking before acting and learning to treat each other in a way that leads to "togetherness". Everything else lacks time honored wisdom and leads to conflict in its subtle or overt form. Its hard do sort of get it through people's head that the best way to lead is not always to be louder and demand that either "you are with us or against us" mentality that seems to pander to the radicals on both sides of the isle. Sometimes its about leading people to new conclusions through new knowledge...and a reflection on old knowledge. Long-term solutions almost never come from galvanizing sides and hyping up distorted beliefs to get one's way. (I

The Rural Development Broadband ReConnect Program. Can it help communities in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan?

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Upper Peninsula homes and business don't always have the best connection. Beyond being isolated by geography they are also sometimes disconnected by lack of Internet. As someone who does a lot of work in the virtual world I can say that slow Internet causes problems and that includes being kicked out of Zoom meetings, slow download/upload, and lots of other issues. I have the fastest Internet service in the area and still there are times when I get kicked off! For small towns around the U.P. they may want to consider the benefits of the Rural Development Broadband Reconnect Program by  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that has a $1.15 billion loan and grant opportunities for communities just like ours.  " The Broadband ReConnect Program furnishes loans and grants to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. The application window for the third round of

Michigan Has $18.5 Billion Coming-Lets Do Something Beyond Buying Christmas Presents! (Delta County Innovation Model)

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Michigan is receiving $8.5 billion Covid Money and $10 billion or so from the Federal Infrastructure Bill. That is a whopping amount of money! What we should do with that money is highly depending on where we want to go and I'm sure there are lots of people out there that want to have a field day with that money. Putting more Christmas presents under the tree might not be the best use of the money if that spending has limited long term impact.  What kind of presents should we put under Michigan's tree? I have a couple of ideas on where I think some of that money should go and how that might help create a solid model of future prosperity (Trying to find a Christmas present that keeps on giving. Its kind of like giving a nice ham/turkey/lamb for Christmas which helps a starving family one day or giving someone tools, knowledge, and a job to help them feed their family everyday. Not that there is anything wrong with helping on immediate needs but long term plans are highly benefic

Happy Thanksgiving: Delta County Community Thanksgiving Dinner

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Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy and spend with family and friends. Let us not forget the Native Americans that helped the new comers to shore and fed them. Do something good with your time. You can read about the history of Thanks giving HERE .  Escanaba Community Thanksgiving Dinner had 300 people. They don't have an official website other then Facebook HERE .  If you want to donate do so at ..... Community Thanksgiving Dinner 912 7th Avenue South Escanaba, MI. 49829 Facebook Page Data Bus brings people. :)

Department of Defense Establishes the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (UFO Hunters)

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DOD Announces the establishes the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group. You can read the official memorandum HERE . Cool stuff! Nano Nano! Congress Electro Propulsion    Just for fun you can see our half joking UFO video in Escanaba. Its probably a drone or balloon but fun to think about. ๐Ÿ‘ฝ๐Ÿ‘พ Someone said maybe Chinese lantern. ๐Ÿค” Only one problem the wind at 9:30 pm was 4.6 mph NNW. These "UFOs" were heading easterly. However someone from our Xfile Community Team (just kidding) said that they let off some Chinese lanterns at that time so likely that is the leading theory. Its just good fun. 

The Importance of Accountability-The Danger of Radicalism in Politics and Life?

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Knowledge and learning  guides the path. Hate is powerful and sometimes part of the way we think. It can impact a great many things in the way we approach the world. Over the last few years our society seems to be stretched at the seams by people who have something to gain (politically, financially, ideologically, etc..) by hyping up the problems to further their influence. Often the people who start these problems don't care about the consequences on others because that is not part of their "agenda". As a nation we will need to start tackling some of these issues and holding people accountable when they are trying to harm or hurt others; no matter their race, creed, or position. Removing "bad apples" is important to ensure integrity in any system; that isn't unique to law enforcement. I think most reasonable people sort of agree that when people violate the law and constitution they should be held to account. Likewise, I would suspect most people would simi