Clueing in the easily puzzled

It’s a rare treat for your loyal editor and publisher to respond to the occasional sniping from the pointless peanut gallery.  If I did it all the time, I’d have nothing else to do, and it’s boring to argue with the ignorant.

But someone (you’ve never heard of) has gone out of her way to mention me a couple of times in reference to a recent board appointment, so let me answer.  Her name is Paula Burr (just by typing that, her name exposure just went up 100 fold), an Obamabot from Organizing For America (which probably explains why she doesn’t care for me or my appointment) and has repeatedly said she’s “puzzled“.  I’ll try to unpuzzle.

After attending Airport Advisory Board meetings for several years, and often asked why I didn’t apply for it, I finally did recently.  The reason I never did, not that it’s anyone’s business, was due to work schedule conflicts, which has been resolved.  Unfortunately, the timing of the interview process couldn’t have been worse: they asked me when I could be available on a particular day, to which I answered, and they assigned me a time right in the middle of when I said I could not attend.  I don’t have bankers hours, can’t take phone calls on the job, nor am easily pulled away while at work – simple as that.

But, I sent an extensive letter to all council members apologizing and explaining why it was impossible for me to attend this interview and went through my rather lengthy background in aviation.  For all of my critics in town, rest assured, whatever you may think of my political writings and positions, my aviation background, all 25+ years of it, is substantial and I’m more than qualified to serve on this board.

But I heard some stories about this so-called interview process, where one applicant said all the council members (I believe it was Sarah Levison and Sean McCoy) were interested in was what the applicant thought of Tom Zweck and the St. Vrain Greenway!   Yes, those should be good indicators of aviation and airport knowledge, if that’s what they were looking for.  My application had all the information any serious council member would need to make a decision, but it’s obvious from comments and actions before and after the vote that these two council members, along with Brian Hansen, weren’t and aren’t serious.

One went around spreading bald faced lies about me, one acted like he wasn’t sure I was the same Chris Rodriguez that was suing the city (duhh), and another is busily causing discord within the current board and will likely make a third attempt in 3 weeks to undo my appointment.  And that’s not even half the story, but I’ll leave it there for now.

But the puzzlement really has nothing to do with experience and suitability for the position, it’s all about politics.  If people want to play dumb and pretend it’s anything else (or are really just dumb), try doing a better job.  Ironically, these same people say my appointment was purely because of politics.  See what I mean?  Now you see why I don’t usually argue with the clueless, confused, and ignorant?

About Chris Rodriguez

Chris is the editor/publisher of LightningRod Blog - as well as founder/editor of Wrongmont, Longmont Advocate, Vote!Longmont, Longmont Politics, the LightningRod Radio Network, as well as being the original Longmont Examiner. Chris is a writer and talker - whether it be blogs, podcasts, music, or public speaking. When he's not heard on Air Traffic radio, he can be heard on his podcasts or seen in the local paper causing trouble.
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