Welcome to Wrongmont

Two years ago, Travis Henry wrote me about YourHub.com and invited me to join, saying he “looked forward to me stirring up some debates”, and to “go crazy”. I don’t know about the latter, but I’ll give the former a try. Also, seeing only 2 regular bloggers here, I figured I better add to the 1 per year average. I run and contribute to many websites/blogs, but local issues has always been at the top of my list.

I can be harsh and direct at times, but it’s all mostly tongue-in-cheek, using sarcasm and humor to get across the importance of local issues.

My main goal is to stir up public interest and awareness on topics close to home, things that Joe Sixpack can actually have some say and effect on. I don’t pretend to be a wordsmith or journalist, nor do I play one on TV. I’m also not interested in making friends of those in power, it would dilute me calling BS on them when they need it, which I’ve done with candidates of both parties, including some I’ve voted for.

I hope you find some of my entries interesting, but I’m also not running for a popularity contest. We won’t always agree, nor should we.
Have the day of your choice.

CO & U.S. Constitutional attack by Longmont Representatives FAILS!

CO & U.S. CONSTITUTION ATTACK BY
LONGMONT REPRESENTATIVES FAILS! 

March 8, 2007, SB07-46, the bill to amend how Colorado handles its Electoral College votes, died in committee on a 10-1 vote, essentially killing it for this year.  You can read more about it here.  

A shout out goes to my friend Chuck who brought it to my attention as it was a topic on the Mike Rosen show on 850 KOA.  If you are still unclear what this all meant, this show can be listened to (after you sign up, which is free) at this link (Select Rosen Replay for 3/12/07 Hours 2 and 3)  It’s well worth a listen for educational purposes no matter what side you sit on this issue. Continue reading…

St. Vrain County

It’s an idea that’s surely been kicked around for a long time by people disgusted with being associated with Boulder. Lately, after the election fiasco in Boulder, people have been writing in to the paper about the possibility of breaking off from Boulder County. Now the Times-Call has weighed in with an editorial about this new county, possibly called St. Vrain County. Continue reading…

Council should avoid telling voters how to vote

Speech made to the Longmont City Council August 17, 2004 by Chris Rodriguez

There’s an item on the agenda tonight that apparently doesn’t warrant a public debate or discussion of. A resolution of the Council urging Longmont citizens to vote “No” on the ballot question regarding collective bargaining for police and fire employees. Seems either staff, council, or both, don’t want or need to hear what the voting and taxpaying public think. Since this is still a democracy and you are our representatives, I’m asking you NOT to vote in favor of this resolution. Continue reading…

Vance Brand Airport doesn’t need an air traffic control tower

Speech made to the Longmont City Council January 20, 2004 by Chris Rodriguez

Mayor Pirnack & members of Council
At a recent Airport Advisory Board meeting and in today’s Times-Call there’s talk of an airport control tower study at Vance Brand Airport. I am an air traffic controller with the FAA, but I am speaking on behalf of myself only. Continue reading…

City is wasting money and resources on anti-airport screwball

Speech made to City Council October 14, 2003 by Chris Rodriguez

Mayor Pirnack & Members of Council,

Now that October is here and fall is upon us, I hear that the weekend monitoring of airplanes out near the Zweck Farm will end. Not that airplanes actually flying over that area will end, as mandated by the procedure you the council approved, but just the monitoring of them for the satisfaction of Mr. Zweck. Hopefully before next summer we can nip this problem in the bud and stop that nonsense from being repeated. The questions are:
Who does the Airport Manager work for?
Who does his boss, and his bosses boss, the Community Development Director, work for?
Who do you, the council work for? Continue reading…

Petition against Noise Abatement Procedure

Speech made to the Airport Advisory Board October 10, 2002 by Chris Rodriguez

Tonight I’d like to present to the Board the signatures of 214 people who signed a petition that was at Airwest, Twin Peaks, and Mile Hi Skydiving. The petition reads, “I, the undersigned, am against the current Vance Brand Noise Abatement Procedures, specifically flying a wide pattern with a large noise footprint, and an unsafe distance (the railroad tracks) from the airport. I ask that the Airport Advisory Board remove this current procedure from the Airport Master Plan and come back with a procedure similar to the 1992 NA plan. I am in favor of SAFE Noise Abatement Procedures that are considerate to our neighbors, with a tight close-in pattern to reduce the noise footprint to the greater community.” Continue reading…

Table Mountain Association doesn’t speak for pilots, airport, or safety

Speech made to City Council September 24, 2002 by Chris Rodriguez

In an letter to the editor today in the Daily Times-Call about the proposed runway extension, it said the “reasons are merely to ensure the safety of the aircraft that currently use the facility.” Merely? Does this association (Table Mountain Association) and the supposed 1,000 people it speaks for, of which how many I wonder know they’re being represented this way, pretend to put my safety, my wife and children’s safety, and my aircraft’s safety lower than someone else’s? Or any of the users of the airport? Continue reading…

Noise Abatement Plan is unsafe

Speech made to the Airport Advisory Board September 12, 2002 by Chris Rodriguez

Tonight I bring to the board a petition signed by 135 pilots, users, and neighbors of the airport. It reads “I, the undersigned am against the current Vance Brand Airport Noise Abatement Procedures, specifically flying a wide pattern with a large noise footprint, at an unsafe distance (the railroad tracks) from the airport. I ask that the Airport Advisory Board remove this current procedure from the Airport Master Plan and come back with a procedure similar to the 1992 Noise Abatement plan. I am in favor of SAFE Noise Abatement Procedures that are considerate to our neighbors, with a tight close-in pattern to reduce the noise footprint to the greater community.” Continue reading…

9/11 and Wrongmont

9/11 and this website, what could they possibly have to do with each other? Plenty. That day was an attack on this country, personal freedoms, and aviation. It put many in the aviation community in a defensive mode. Defending their personal freedom to take to the sky in what has to be one of the best literal examples of freedom. For some flight is just a dream, for some it’s a hobby, for some it’s a livelihood, for many it’s a state of mind and a way of life. Now when people look overhead and see an airplane, any kind of airplane, they look at it differently than they did before that day. Continue reading…