America the Beautiful

Last Sunday as we sang America the Beautiful at church my heart was pierced by the lyrics and tears began to roll down my cheeks. The words “God shed His grace on thee” led me to think of all the times in history that His hand rested upon our nation from its founding until today. Below are a couple of examples. The destruction of the French Fleet in 1746 recounted by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his ballad entitled “A Ballad of the French Fleet” was one such event. Washington’s victory…

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.