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Constitution Day a good time to revisit First Amendment


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.



We hear a lot about the Constitution these days. For example, we hear many Tea Party folks say they want a strict interpretation of the Constitution. We've also heard much discussion of the proposed mosque near Ground Zero and, in that context, about freedom of religion. Friday, Sept. 17, is Constitution Day, a good opportunity to revisit the First Amendment, reproduced in its entirety above.

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Financial literacy is no laughing matter

Feather Publishing
9/8/2010

Labor Day has come and gone - and still we have no state budget.

But, hey, the Legislature had time to pass a bill that would help educate Californians about "financial literacy."

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Hospital stay is preferable to more slogans

Joshua Sebold
Staff Writer
9/1/2010

This month instead of an opinion piece per se, I’m providing more of a public service announcement: Enough about Measure B! Please try to forget this whole chapter in our town’s history as quickly and completely as possible and I will try to do the same.

Yesterday, we got the results from the Measure B election, which I obviously haven’t seen yet as I write this opinion piece right now, by which I mean last week.

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At least we're not Modoc County!

Feather Publishing
8/25/2010

After nearly a year of uproar, countless contentious meetings, dozens of yard signs and more letters to the editor than any other topic we can recall, it’s almost over.

We are, of course, referring to Measure B, which would cap the property assessments for a new Plumas District Hospital at $50 per $100,000 of assessed value. Ballots for the special all-mail election are due next Tuesday, Aug. 31. Results will be posted that night at plumasnews.com.

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The privilege and responsibility of public service: What is a city manager?

Bill Garrett
Executive Director
California City Management Foundation

Recent media scrutiny of city managers - or more specifically their compensation - has reached a fever pitch in California and across the country.

The city management and governmental compensation abuses uncovered last month in the small Los Angeles suburb of Bell are deplorable and warrant a full investigation. Such trespasses are rare in a profession known for transparency and populated by talented and dedicated individuals.

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