The Longmont Years: 2009-2011 Breaking the Bloc

In this installment, we pick up in early 2009 after apparent local political burnout – or so I thought.  The previous two years were hectic, to say the least.  Output increased in quantity and quality, both in the written and spoken word.  By the end of ’08 I had gone back to one of my first loves: aviation.  But staying away from local politics was apparently not in the cards. Continue reading…

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…

Plugging ears, closing eyes not a winning strategy

If only they’d cover their mouths

Last week it was Longmont Area Democrat President John Bigger telling his flock to turn its collective heads and not be “sucked in” to, well, basically the truth told about their candidates.  This week it’s fellow LAD member Kay (sic) Fissinger in the Times-Call – that paper she claims is of the evil Lehman spawn – basically parroting the strategy of “close your eyes” and “cover your ears”.   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…

Times-Call protecting mayoral candidate through censorship

Let’s just cut to the chase and call the Longmont Times-Call the Longmont Post, or the Longmont Daily Camera.  Anything resembling independence has steadily been ripped away since it was sold to the parent company of the Denver Post.  While I’m a regular contributor in Open Forum letters and Guest Opinion pieces, their online editing policies are bordering on ridiculous.  If saying this puts me in a bad light, so be it. Continue reading…

Best example of ignorant editorials

BEST EXAMPLE OF IGNORANT EDITORIALS
Boulder Weekly’s pick for dirty politics by Katie Witt’s supporters

In the ongoing need for Boulder to assert its unquestionable dominance over its neighbor to the northeast (for you in Boulder, that would be Longmont), the staff of the Boulder Weekly has selected as their Best example of dirty politics” Katie Witt’s supporters.  In a cute, snarky, and mostly factually challenged diatribe, it decried the fact that the person they preferred to win the Longmont City Council race, Karen Benker, got hammered by (now Longmont City Council member) Ms. Witt. Continue reading…

Failed councilmember crawls out from under hole

Ya know, I was just going to let the creative rewriting of history last week in the Times-Call Open Forum go.  But now this nonsense has spread to the Denver Post and the Longmont Ledger.  In some kind of feeble attempt to rehabilitate a destroyed public image (and for good reason), former Longmont City Councilmember Karen Benker has found time to comment on two of her monumental failures – and the main reasons why she was trounced in last Novembers election by Katie Witt.  Speaking of which, she still hasn’t conceded or congratulated the victor of that race.  An opponent she laughed at and her clueless compadre Sean McCoy called a “city council wannabe“.  Better than a “city council hasbeen” I guess. Continue reading…

Truth about contributions buying votes

Alright, this issue needs to be cleared up once and for all.

There are people in town trying to rewrite history about contributions to city council members – or just don’t know what they are talking about.  Part of the reason we are in this whole mess with the Longmont Fair Campaign Practices Act (LFCPA) and the Election Committee (EC) all comes down to a $5,000 contribution to Gabe Santos from the Longmont Association of Realtors.  But here’s what the people who keep mentioning this either have conveniently forgotten or don’t want you to know: Continue reading…

2009: What a year!

2009 was quite an eventful year for the City of Longmont, regardless of where you stand on the issues.  Obviously, it was better for some than others.  Personally, it was pretty busy but overall pretty satisfying, too.

So lets go through it, month by month: Continue reading…

Longmont never leaned left

(The following guest opinion appeared in the November 24, 2009 Longmont Times-Call)

One of my more favorite hobbies is to collect data, sift through and crunch the numbers, and then try to make some sense out of it or look at it in a slightly different way.  I’m a political junkie, especially when it comes to elections, so I’d like to put to rest this falsehood that keeps floating around town. Continue reading…