Terroristic noise

“And the rocket’s red glare. The bombs bursting in air…” —from “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key. I am to the point that I dread living in Utah during the month of July. I am not fond of living in Utah generally. But, when you add the fact that the Beehive State allows for its residents to shoot off what is referred to as fireworks legally for two entire weeks during this month, I feel like I am under siege from terroristic noise. Utah law is a strange thing.…

The EPA vs. the Fourth of July

Yesterday, ten senators, including Utah senators Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch, signed a letter sent to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to renounce the EPA’s proposed rule to expand the agency’s jurisdiction over water.  The letter cites several cases where environmental lawsuits threatened to end Fourth of July fireworks displays in San Diego, Lake Tahoe, and Lake Murray.  If the EPA’s power is expanded as anticipated under their proposed rule, then their expanded scope of jurisdiction could threaten an even broader range of fireworks displays.