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.
No one feels comfortable when someone else has the power to irreparably change the world with a simple stroke of a pen.
Thanks to the American Antiquities Act of 1906, the president of the United States has the power to unleash a huge federal bureaucracy and create national monuments on his own authority without the approval of Congress or any other governmental entity or agency.
It's no secret, and it shouldn't come as a big surprise to anyone living in Plumas and Lassen counties - the state of California faces a fiscal crisis of frightening and historic proportions that's not likely to be resolved anytime 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.
I make no claims of talent. I am not a gifted singer, I dont know how to play a single instrument (not even the spoons) and I cant paint my way out of a room.
However, many of us have to acknowledge the fact we wouldnt be who we are today without the influence of artistic expression in our culture. It may have started out as a simple finger painting class when we were in kindergarten, or forced lessons in front of a stereotypically strict piano teacher after school.
Dear Mr. Moore,
The Plumas County Board of Supervisors would like to thank you for meeting with representatives of our county along with many other representatives from Northern California last December in Sacramento to discuss forest management issues.
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