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.

Progressive policy failures have made Longmont less affordable

It’s a good time to be selling your home in Longmont.  It’s not such a good time to be a buyer unless money is not an issue.  Thanks to progressive policies in the past, homes are less affordable for those that need affordable housing.  Even though this entry is titled “Progressive policy failures…”, it’s actually working as intended. Continue reading…

Denver Post editorial bad news for rabid fractivists

Now that the enviro-nutjobs have thrown Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper under their short bus (until he’s up for reelection, of course) when it comes to fracking, they’ll now have to add the never right-leaning Denver Post to their enemies list.

In a July 21st editorial entitled “Reassuring news on fracking front“, they used sentences like: “But the idea that widespread fracking is poisoning drinking water supplies is — so far at least — an unsubstantiated charge by opponents, and it should be reassuring to the public that another study has confirmed this.”  This obviously is bad news for those that use emotion rather than science and fact to make their arguments. Continue reading…

Percy Allen Conarroe, March 3, 1927 – June 15, 2013

percyIt was an honor and privilege to call Percy Conarroe a friend and confidant.  If you’ve read this website or its earlier versions you saw that he was a contributor of great value.  He passed away recently at the age of 86.  In true Percy fashion, he didn’t want flowers but instead requested that you write a letter to the editor about something you care about.  I’ve tired of the local paper turning down my opinion pieces while they let far worse through, so being the editor of this website I’ll write here about something I care about – or in this case someone I cared about, Percy Conarroe. Continue reading…

Longmont Airport’s future more secure with recent developments

With the unanimous approval by Longmont City Council of the new FBO (Fixed Based Operator) at Vance Brand Airport, the future of the airport becomes that much more secure, probably to the chagrin of those that have endlessly tried to undermine the airport for the last 20 years.   Continue reading…

Musings from the wilderness

Life is good, especially when you flush out those that never should have been part of your daily existence.  This includes former friends, political enemies, and even some that may be political allies.  The offers and requests for getting back into, or remaining in, the political game haven’t slowed, but my response has been the same: no thanks.  Like I said, life is good. Continue reading…

Longmont Airport complaints go “Hitlerian”

This is just too good not to share:

Before anyone asks, no, I didn’t create this video – although I think it’s brilliant.  I like the fact it’s personalized for Longmont, even with a phone call to “Tim”, our airport manager.  Now, if they would have put Hitler in overalls or made him a female…

So Long, Longmont

The title of this post is actually a title of a book by the recently deceased Longmont resident D. Ernie Greenly.  Back when I got started (with Wrongmont) we had some interesting back-and-forth conversations, but we never got together for that beer he wanted to buy me.  When I use that term, I’m not leaving Longmont, yet, but Longmont is leaving many of us. Continue reading…

2012 Election Post-Mortem

Another election, and plenty of opportunities lost.  First, with the Presidential race I got 44 out of 50 states right, which is my worst call yet.  But, I was far from alone on that one and people far smarter and more prominent than I got it even worse.  At the time of this writing, Florida still hasn’t been officially called, but I assume Obama will get it and a final tally of 332-206, although the popular vote was much closer than that Electoral College number looks. Continue reading…

LP027: Times-Call refuses to run an editorial, 2 papers say vote NO to fracking ban, and election predictions

On Episode 27 of Longmont Politics, Chris talked about the Times Call refusing to run his “Longmont’s Liberal/Progressive Thugocracy” editorial, and made some comments in general about the newspaper/media industry.  Then it was onto Ballot Question 300 (the ban on fracking) and how it’s main speaker is now saying that if the ban (and cost of lawsuits or private property concerns) gets too expensive, we can just repeal it in a special election!  Chris read the editorial by four councilmembers asking voters to vote NO on 300, and then played audio of Longmont City Council Mayor Pro Tem Gabe Santos speaking to council – as a private citizen – also imploring voters to vote NO on 300, citing the excellent Denver Post editorial requesting the same.

Chris then passed along rumors on the campaign trail relating to 300, and thoughts on the St. Vrain Valley School District mill levy 3A and how they are illegally placing yard signs all over the city.  It was then on to observations around the city, including the shortage of Obama yard signs, and the possible outcome of the various races, including State House, Congressional, and Presidential races. And yes, some predictions were made.

Music played in this show was “How The World Ends” by Modern Science – courtesy of Music Alley.

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