Times-Call endorses Jeff Ilseman for RTD District I

Today (October 29, 2012) the Longmont Times-Call endorsed Jeff Ilseman for RTD District I.

Of a field of what appears to be four capable candidates for the District I director’s position, our recommendation to voters is Jeff Ilseman of Longmont, who has served on the Longmont Transportation Advisory Board, the Public Policy Committee of the Longmont Area Chamber of Commence and the Judicial Performance Commission of the 20th Judicial District.

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Jeff Ilseman: RTD: Who Needs It?

(The following was submitted from RTD Board of Directors, District I candidate Jeff Ilseman.)

In 2004 a proponent of FasTracks rang our doorbell and talked with my wife. After listening to the cordial conversation, my right brain, which allegedly focuses on creativity and feeling, thought how great it would be to have a train that my transit-dependent son, then 22 years old, could use to access opportunities that he may not otherwise be able to access. Continue reading…

Jeff Ilseman: An Inconvenient Train

(The following is a guest submission by RTD District I candidate Jeff Ilseman)

I love a good train ride, especially if it is also fast and cheap. I grew up near the end of the BNSF line coming out of Chicago’s Union Station. It was built in the 1860s, during the Civil War, when Lincoln was president, and decades before automobiles were invented. How ironic it is that I retired near the end of a “planned” BNSF line coming out of Denver’s Union Station, to be completed in the 2040s. Continue reading…

Taxes are the first resort for Deb Gardner, Matt Jones

(The following appeared in the October 17, 2010 Longmont Times-Call under the title “Two state House candidates clear on tax-and-spend priorities)
I’m sure the “tax and spend” label put on Democrats is one they are tired of hearing, so I’ll amend it slightly:  “spend, a lot, then in the name of a fiscal emergency tax, a lot”.  Not that Republicans get off scot-free here, they spent too much as well and they were dealt with accordingly.  In other words, they were acting just like Democrats, and the voters showed their displeasure.   Continue reading…