Dennis Coombs’ denouncements fall on deaf ears

In the October 26, 2011 Times-Call mayoral candidate Dennis Coombs tried to distance himself from the smear and hateful campaign his supporters are carrying out on behalf and to the benefit of his mayoral run.  He also said he’d run a “clean and positive” campaign, which is a little hard to believe considering the repeated shots he’s taken at his opponent, current Mayor Bryan Baum. Continue reading…

Longmont Mayor: Bryan Baum

(The following was submitted by Longmont Mayor Bryan Baum and appeared in the 10/22/11 Times-Call)

Promises fulfilled as mayor

As the end of my first term as mayor draws near, I look back on the changes that our city has gone through. When I took office, I was excited about embarking on a new journey. While I had been extremely involved with many local nonprofits, often as board president, I had never held a public elective office. I quickly learned how very different the public and private sectors operate — at different speeds with different motivations. Continue reading…

Yellow Scene makes some surprise endorsements

I occasionally check out the Yellow Scene magazine.  They’ve been somewhat fair to me over the years, and even gave me one of the first write-ups of my first blog, Wrongmont, and it was positive.  I think it’s pretty universally accepted to say they lean to the left politically, so to say some of its recent endorsements for Longmont City Council was a surprise is putting it lightly. Continue reading…

Community comes before party in local elections

(As printed in the 10/13/11 Times Call Opinion Section)

Re-elect Mayor Baum; challenger not ready to lead

I usually don’t pay attention to local political party affiliation. Until Election Eve 2009, when a former Longmont Area Democrat president created a blog titled Common Ground. In it, he wrote that regardless of his own partisan bias that “community comes before party affiliation.” Continue reading…

Baum Council ahead of green extremism

Admin noteAs we watch the fantasies of green activists being increasingly exposed, many Longmonters are noting the foresight of the present City Council in stopping these distorted programs before they were to wreak further economic damage on our city. We’ve already covered solar rebates in this blog; today, a guest contributor reminds us of the failed DaVinci Quest…   Continue reading…

Council got it right on halting solar rebates

There was an interesting bit of national news this week regarding a failure in prodigious government support for solar companies and green energy programs. Quoting from a Washington Times editorial

“President Obama made a high-profile visit in May 2010 to Solyndra Inc., a solar-panel manufacturing plant in Fremont, Calif. The company received $535 million in loans from the Energy Department and was a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s economic stimulus effort. “Companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future,” Mr. Obama chirped. On Wednesday (8-31-11), Solyndra closed its corporate headquarters, announced that it’s filing for bankruptcy and laying off 1,100 workers.”

Relating the issue to Longmont, it reveals a smart decision in early 2010 by Mayor Baum and the newly elected conservative majority on City Council to put the brakes on city solar subsidies to homeowners at taxpayers expense. Continue reading…

Mayoral candidate Coombs encourages breaking local papers rules

When you have a campaign manager for two of the biggest electoral flops in recent Longmont history behind you (Karen Benker and Richard Juday), it’s no surprise that you’ll come across mistakes like this.
Whoever is running Longmont mayoral candidate Dennis Coombs Facebook page – and we’ll just have to assume it’s Mr. Coombs himself or that he’s approving everything on it – has recently made the suggestion that supporters should call the Times-Call‘s T-C Line and show support for Mr. Coombs.  Here it is: Continue reading…

Lie manufacturing, and confused councilmembers

I have to believe that the Screwball Left here in Longmont must scratch their collective heads and wonder why council members that they go after don’t address their nonsense?  They throw one charge after another, none seem to stick, and they’re basically ignored by the grown-ups in the city.  Example:  Longmont City Council member Gabe Santos and his connections with former Majority Leader Tom DeLay.  The end result: two convincing victories – by Gabe Santos. Continue reading…