Case in point: Longmont’s Twin Peaks Mall, which used to be the source of 22% of Longmont’s tax base and now due to the economic downturn, is hovering around 6%. Seems these self-proclaimed ‘progressives’ in Longmont can’t wait to see if it goes down on the newest council members watch so they can barf up a headline “The Baum Squad blew up the Mall!”
And now they’ve amped up their sickly glee against another foe in their ‘death watch’, in hoping (no make that getting giddy at the thought ) that the hometown newspaper, the Daily Times Call (which is one of Longmont’s largest employers) is next to be devoured by a shiny new face (which ironically has to piggyback onto it’s non Longmont big daddy newspaper or else be given away for free) and is going to steal Longmonters away. (Remember Councilmember ala transparent Sean McCoy’s contribution to the war on the Times Call?)
Even I, who write for competing media, wouldn’t wish that. The Daily Times Call is a great source of local news and a big contributor to the Longmont community. To laugh about the hardships being faced by local newspapers, or wish any of them to go under is detestable. I find it more in the best interest of Longmont to link to or promote them as often as I can.
Smells like team spirit? Depends on who’s team they are playing, and it ain’t Longmont’s.