April 13, 2010 — Every eighth grader in California knows the First Amendment to the Constitution reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Later this week, Lassen County’s Tea Party Patriots will exercise their constitutional right to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances. They will line up and march on Main Street to protest many of the policies of the Obama administration and the Democrat - controlled Congress, and I say, “Way to go."
March 30 ,2010 — Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and the other Founding Fathers created the census in 1790 when they wrote the U.S. Constitution and empowered Congress to count every person living in the United States of America and to use that count to determine representation in the Congress.
The census has been taken faithfully every 10 years since then, the use of the data collected has increased and watch out now — this year is a census year.
March 23, 2010 — It’s no secret, and it shouldn’t come as a big surprise to anyone living in Lassen County — the state of California faces a fiscal crisis of frightening and historic proportions that’s not likely to be resolved any time soon. While legislators, politicians and pundits try to place the blame and offer possible stopgap solutions, most of them ignore the simple, down - to - earth reality faced by every household in the state trying to balance its checkbook and keep food on the table and every business leader from San Ysidro to Fort Dick struggling to stay in business and make payroll every week. You can’t spend money you don’t have.
March 9, 2010 — I am one of the biggest advocates for the First Amendment. I absolutely love the debate of the letters to the editor section, especially when the debate is over something I wrote. Civilized dialogue is one of the backbones of this nation. We need to take pride in the fact that we can state our opinions without worry of government retribution, even when people misconstrue what someone is trying to say. Dialogue may take several attempts back and forth to reach a compromise.
There have been a few letters to the editor since I wrote about my observation and opinion on the board meeting when Susanna Blackwood, music teacher at Janesville School, received her pink slip. One Susanville teacher claims that I can’t have things two ways. I can’t be against a strong union and then complain a union is not strong enough.
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