During the September 26, 2009 Coffee with Council, Council member Sean McCoy couldn’t hold back his disdain for previous administrations. An attendee asked a question about the airport issue in regards to the prairie dogs “Which is more important to Longmont? People, safety, or short tailed furry rats?” Of course Mr. McCoy couldn’t have any of that as he answered “let me straighten that out there“ as he went into yet another incoherent rant.
Immediately he went into blaming Leona and Bernie Stoecker, she being a former mayor of Longmont (1993-2001) and he being a hangar owner out at the airport. Mr. McCoy blamed them for not being aware of the prairie dog and raptor problem, actually called them shortsighted. I guess I gave Mr. McCoy too much credit in airport issues considering he’s on the Airport Advisory Board, as this comment shows a few levels of…well, I’ll be nice and say “incorrectness“.
Anyone with an ounce of common sense, and a little knowledge of the history of the airport, and the Airport Advisory Board itself, would know that Mr. and Mrs. Stoecker often had to recuse themselves from voting on airport issues. On one hand Mr. McCoy acknowledges their business interest at the airport, but can’t put 2 and 2 together (remember, this is an educator) that by that very interest they couldn’t possibly be in on those decisions, or maybe he didn’t read votes on council or the AAB during that time.
Whenever you hear Mr. McCoy or his loyal lapdogs complain about past councils, and the “old guard“, you should never forget who was on council during that time. You’d think Mr. McCoy might remember – his dad Tom McCoy. He was mayor between….nevermind. I don’t personally have anything against Mr. McCoy the elder, but since Sean McCoy brought it up, I got a tip that somewhere around 1996-1997 Tom McCoy was instrumental in some vote (possibly the Wildlife Management Plan, but I’m still digging) that was exactly the cause of this prairie dog problem not just near the airport, but citywide.
I always talk to oldtimers out at the airport, and like any normal pilots, they don’t want those prairie dogs or the birds that hunt them anywhere near the airport. I know, common sense and all, but it’s lost of some people. They also tell me these prairie dogs weren’t an issue until the late ’90’s. And now, for Sean McCoy who endlessly brings up his dads long council career and his own years of service to the city, to have no clue about the history of this situation – and taking zero responsibility for it – is just ridiculous.
What is it with these radical leftists who must place all blame to those that came before and sit around and complain and procrastinate? I see Mr. McCoy is taking a cue from his hero Barack Obama, but is this an innate feature, or the product of some kind of indoctrination? No matter who you have to pick up the pieces from (not that the city was in shambles by any stretch of the imagination, example All America City), it gets really old when all you can do is blame your predecessors and offer nothing to resolve the issues facing the city.
Mr. McCoy also said citizens don’t want knee-jerk responses from their elected representatives. Like that idiotic prairie dog fence the city just wasted money on? That kind of knee-jerk response? The FAA saw through that and is using it against the city to withhold grant money, real smooth move. About $14,000 down the drain.
In a quite shocking comment, to me anyway, Council member Brian Hansen acknowledged the importance of the airport, even mentioned expansion! This will not make some of his supporters happy, they are quite often on the front lines of anything anti-airport. He pointed out what many of us have been saying for years: when it comes to this often discussed “economic development” the airport is a vital piece to our economic potential. But don’t tell that to the flat-Earth no-growthers, they won’t like Mr. Hansen saying it’s a “valuable asset“, which of course it is.
Considering everything, maybe Mr. Hansen should take over Mr. McCoy’s spot on the Airport Advisory Board – at least he can finish a sentence and be understood.