Conscience of a Conservative – (R) Sen. Jeff Flake. A must read for Trump supporters.

Senator Jeff Flake, Republican Senator from Arizona, Faced the Nation today with his new book the “Conscience of a Conservative.” America has been asking the question what happen to the grand ole party of Lincoln. How did it come to be that the conservative movement let itself be hijacked by a reality show con artist, who had long been a democrat. Jeff answers these questions masterfully.

“The Conscience of a Conservative” – A rejection of destructive politics and a return to principle.

5 powerful sayings from the book:

“I regret having to write this book. I regret it because it’s necessity is a sign that the American conservative movement, which has been a force for great good to our country and to the world, is lost.”

“That conservatism has become compromised by other powerful forces-nationalism, populism, xenophobia, extreme partisanship, even celebrity – explains part of how we lost our way”

“In the election campaign of 2016, it was as if we no longer have the courage of our convictions and so chose to simply abandon conviction all together, taking up instead an unfamiliar banner and a new set of values that had never been our own. ”

“Politicians can be herdlike creatures, too often prone to taking the path of least resistance. I understand the impulse and have often sought that well – trodden path myself.”

“Conservatives can hold no one else responsible for this. It is a crisis of our own making.”

Excerpt from “conscience of a conservative” by Jeff Flake copyright 2017 by Jeff Blake – Random house

Renewable Energy Projects, Still Rolling in Michigan

Ellington Haywood Ellis, Huffington Post Contributor

Renewable energy storage and repurposed lithium batteries are at it again; this time in Holland, Michigan. Late last year, after launching the nation’s first ever solar energy storage powered theatre luxury seating in a Port Huron, Michigan movie complex, Global Battery Solutions, the Holland based battery repurposing developers, will again participate in reducing carbon emissions while at the same time escalating energy efficiencies in Michigan.

The proposed movie theatre for downtown Holland will be the second “Sperry’s Moviehouse” in the state. Chuck Reid, the renewable energy conscious developer, will again bring energy efficiency to a Michigan project. Global Battery Solutions will utilize the zero gravity First Class Seating theatre recliners by installing solar panels on the roof that will generate electricity. The energy generated will be stored in Global Battery Solutions remanufactured and repurposed Toyota Prius batteries.

Read the full article by Sydney Smith below:

A recently proposed movie theatre for downtown Holland will be the second “Sperry’s Moviehouse” in the state.

On July 5, Geenen DeKock Properties alongside Charter House Innovations announced plans for another new development on West Eighth Street, this one including a boutique movie theatre. The first Sperry’s Moviehouse opened in December 2016 in Port Huron.

The $8 million, two-story, 40,000 square foot space falls in line with GDK and the city’s vision to connect downtown Holland with the farmers market, Civic Center and waterfront. It will be built between River and Pine avenues.

Chelsea Hemmes, marketing coordinator for CityFlatsHotel, which has the same owner as Charter House, said the main reason downtown Holland was picked was the busy location.

“It’s right where everything is happening and the fact that the city is moving west to the water puts us in a very prime spot,” she said in an email.

According to Charter House, the theatre will occupy the entire second floor of the building and the remaining square footage will be used for other retail and dining space. Two screens will be at street level, with eight more on the second floor.

The second level of the theatre will feature a lounge/bar area and restaurant. Food and drinks are permitted in the theatre.

The Holland location will also utilize 100 percent solar energy in its theatre recliners by recapturing solar energy in repurposed automotive battery cells.

In Port Huron, the $10 million first Sperry’s Moviehouse has taken market lead in the east Michigan city, according to Charter House. The project took about two years to complete.

The name “Sperry” is rooted in Port Huron history; J.B. Sperry purchased a former hardware store in the city in 1893, then later moved into what is currently the first moviehouse. The 1939 building formerly housed a department store.

Hemmes said the building in Holland will have the same name as a continuation of the Sperry’s Moviehouse brand.

The announcement of the moviehouse comes just after GDK was approved to construct a 380-space, multi-level parking deck on Ninth Street. Construction will begin in January, concluding in June 2018.

If approved by the city, GDK is hoping to begin on the theatre later this year or early 2018, opening some time in spring 2019.

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