Some comments re: commentaries by Times-Call business editor

Are the oil and gas people really all that terrible?

       Having written a column only a few Sundays ago skewering the oil and gas industry, Tony Kindelspire, business editor of the Times-Call is back again on May 27 with a similar offering, long on emotionalism and short on scientific proof.   Continue reading…

Let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water

Hey, look: We don’t want the oil companies to drill here (NIMBY), nor there or anywhere. So, how many of us have abandoned our automobiles (which are significantly more dangerous to our children) and unhooked our homes and businesses from natural gas to cancel our need for fossil fuels? While I appreciate NOAA’s mission to save us from ourselves, it seems odd that one of its scientists would be out discussing a study (Erie) that scares the daylights out of people, but apparently hasn’t been vetted or even published yet for review. This is a sure recipe for panic. Continue reading…

Fracking: A new high in scaremongering

(A condensed version of the following letter appeared in the 3/4/12 Longmont Times-Call.)

President Obama’s anti-capitalistic agenda of killing our nation’s oil and gas industry is finally being felt locally as nervous politicians buy into the exaggerated fracking scare by issuing frantic moratoriums as if this practice will surely bring the World to an end tomorrow, when we should all know that this threatened destiny is simply not true. The big, bad oil companies—which sell ROAR.org members their gasoline–drill because they own or lease the mineral rights and Colorado already has pretty stiff rules regarding how and where they can drill (according to Gov. Hickenlooper, himself a former geologist) including the use of hydraulic fracturing chemicals. And of course, Obama’s act of stopping the Keystone Pipeline and its 20,000 jobs is never mentioned in any of the anti-fracking coverage or accompanying editorials. Continue reading…

To be fair, shouldn’t our mayor endorse other forms of marriage too?

(Letter submitted to opinion@times-call.com on Feb. 5, 2012.)
        About modern-day Longmont—and I’ve lived in Boulder County for 43 years–it seems that no sooner does one divisive issue such as the proposed LifeBridge annexation fade, than another controversy arises. In this case, the mayor’s action in endorsing same-sex marriages on an advocacy website. Continue reading…

Denver Post: Current fracking rules are enough

The usually left-leaning Denver Post editorializes that local governments shouldn’t be piling on excessive fracking regulations such as moratoriums, and State Senate President Brandon Shaffer (D-Longmont) agrees.  Maybe the real excess against fracking is coming from Mayor Coombs and the local progressive/enviro crowd?     

Read the editorial at Denver Post

Update (Jan. 13):  Percy Conarroe responds to the Post editorial… Continue reading…

Percy Conarroe: Time to outsource the county’s legal services

It’s all in the family—the Democratic Party, that is, which enjoys a stranglehold on Boulder County government. First, let it be said that if the three Boulder County commissioners were Republicans engaging in the same sort of behavior, I would criticize them as well. What’s going on here may be perfectly legal, but to some of us it’s objectionable.

Read the rest at DailyCamera: Letters to Editor Blog

BoCo Open Space Dept. running up huge debt

But first: Saving the environment by living where we work. . .
(To meet space limits, a redacted version of this letter appeared in the 3-8-11 edition of the Longmont Times Call.)
Do we really believe in practicing insofar as possible the concept of living in the same community where we work?
I think Longmont is fully capable of determining its own destiny, therefore its civic leaders should not be buying so readily—both financially and philosophically—into *PLAN-Boulder County’s (People’s League for Action Now) anti-growth strategy of strangling our community with open space and irrevocable easements to kill future housing projects that might become necessary to accommodate any realistic increase in economic activity (jobs) around here. Continue reading…

CML: Okay to spend our taxes electioneering?

Percy Conarroe

(To meet space requirements, a shortened version of this commentary appeared in the 7-18-10 Longmont Times-Call letters column.)

Painful budget problems seem to have faded into a bad dream as hi ho, hi ho, it was off to the mountains they went, 450 officials representing Colorado towns and cities to attend the annual summer outing of the taxpayer-funded Colorado Municipal League, June 22-25 at Breckenridge. Continue reading…

Turning campaign laws into a political weapon

Have our municipal elections in Longmont suddenly become so corrupt and rotten that we need a draconian version of the already confusing state and federal fair campaign laws to bludgeon our neighbors over the head with, in case they step out of line? I don’t think so. But that’s what the Longmont Fair Campaign Practices Act seems to be turning into – just another political weapon. Continue reading…