We held our 20th annual family reunion this past weekend in Thermopolis, Wyoming. The weather was hot and the sky filled with smoke from distant fires. Much of the west, including Colorado, Utah, Montana and Wyoming are blanketed this year after an unseasonably dry winter and spring.
Today is the Fourth of July and fireworks are dotting the air around the Salt Lake valley — and in our cul-de-sac. I guess we don’t have as much fire danger in the city in spite of the extremely warm weather and 38 days since the last measurable precipitation.
Last Thursday the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of most of the so-called “Obamacare” [Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act] law, which means among other things, 30 million additional Americans will be able to obtain medical coverage. The Right decries this altruism in many different ways, but mostly as “Socialism” and “government meddling”.
The divide in our country on this and many other subjects on the 236th anniversary of its founding is stark and rather scary.