A Workout for your Lungs

I hate getting winded. I hate when I feel like I could run faster if only I could get enough air. Back in high school, I played trumpet. As you might imagine, the best trumpet players also have the best lungs. My instructor once taught me a breathing exercise attributed to trumpet greats like Bobby…

As you strive to better yourself, remember sometimes those things we think of as our weaknesses turn out to be our strengths or make us strong in other ways. So when you can’t understand why God won’t fix you no matter how hard you pray, please consider the possibility that you’re not broken.

Should Police be able to Search an Arrestee’s Cell Phone?

The Fourth Amendment guarantees the right to be secure in our persons and possessions by protecting citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. As even a casual moviegoer knows, when you are arrested you have certain rights. However, these constitutional rights must now be balanced against legitimate law enforcement interests of protecting officers and seizing destructible…

Prepaid Cards and Overdraft

In the last few years, store gift certificates have matured into a diverse set of financial products including “open loop” prepaid cards capable of providing services traditionally reserved to banks. At the same time, tighter regulations on banks have raised the cost of bank accounts and driven many out of the banking market. Prepaid card…

I’m Glad I’m a Coca Cola Shareholder

I recently bought back shares of Coca Cola (KO) after the market took a bit of a dip over the last couple weeks. Back when I bought in the first time, the 2.95% dividend was enough to make it a solid investment, not to mention the symbol is also an abbreviation for “knockout.” But after…

5 Things You Can Do TODAY to Help Fight Inversion Smog

We get upset with companies that produce air pollutants, and with good reason. During the inversion seasons in the winter, our air quality often ranks below Los Angeles. But when it comes to sheer volume of particulate matter in the air, we might be ignoring the biggest contributors–ourselves. Mobile, on road, sources like cars, busses,…

2014 Air Quality Legislation (Part I)

A new Utah Foundation study notes that “The average adult breathes over 3,000 gallons of air each day. Studies show that ozone and short-term, high-level, inversion type particulate in this air can shorten life expectancy, exacerbate cardiovascular and respiratory issues, and increase infant mortality rates. There are also recent links to the incidence of autism in both PM2.5 and ozone.” Many…