About Chris Rodriguez

Chris is the editor/publisher of LightningRod Blog - as well as founder/editor of Wrongmont, Longmont Advocate, Vote!Longmont, Longmont Politics, the LightningRod Radio Network, as well as being the original Longmont Examiner. Chris is a writer and talker - whether it be blogs, podcasts, music, or public speaking. When he's not heard on Air Traffic radio, he can be heard on his podcasts or seen in the local paper causing trouble.

Coombs’ agenda not in Longmont’s best interests

Mayor Coombs, who proclaims himself the “Mayor for everybody” on his website, apparently doesn’t think too highly of a fairly substantial segment of Longmont residents.

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Moving target

I always get a chuckle when one of the lefty screwballs in the area point out that I used to run this or that website, as if I’m ashamed of it.  (Hint: I’m not).  I even point out over there in the upper right-hand corner all of the former sites I’ve run throughout the years.  I’m glad to see the entries from those sites still get traffic.

Some may assume I had to change site names for one reason or another, that I had to dupe readers into thinking they were reading some new site from some new guy.  Of course the flaw in that logic is I sign my real name to all of the entries on those sites.  I changed site names over the years partly out of boredom, short attention span, strategy, whatever. Continue reading

Where’s Waldo?

Ya know, was going to avoid the political ramifications of the Longmont Flood of 2013, but here goes anyway:

This is probably a once in a lifetime event for most, and a historic, while tragic, event for Longmont to be sure. Many people are suffering, many more are unsure of what’s going on and how bad things are – or aren’t. We are a city of nearly 90,000 people and are in the news all over the world because of the little creek that could (St. Vrain River), and did. 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

Denver Post editorial bad news for rabid fractivists

Now that the enviro-nutjobs have thrown Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper under their short bus (until he’s up for reelection, of course) when it comes to fracking, they’ll now have to add the never right-leaning Denver Post to their enemies list.

In a July 21st editorial entitled “Reassuring news on fracking front“, they used sentences like: “But the idea that widespread fracking is poisoning drinking water supplies is — so far at least — an unsubstantiated charge by opponents, and it should be reassuring to the public that another study has confirmed this.”  This obviously is bad news for those that use emotion rather than science and fact to make their arguments. Continue reading

Percy Allen Conarroe, March 3, 1927 – June 15, 2013

percyIt was an honor and privilege to call Percy Conarroe a friend and confidant.  If you’ve read this website or its earlier versions you saw that he was a contributor of great value.  He passed away recently at the age of 86.  In true Percy fashion, he didn’t want flowers but instead requested that you write a letter to the editor about something you care about.  I’ve tired of the local paper turning down my opinion pieces while they let far worse through, so being the editor of this website I’ll write here about something I care about – or in this case someone I cared about, Percy Conarroe. Continue reading

Longmont Airport’s future more secure with recent developments

With the unanimous approval by Longmont City Council of the new FBO (Fixed Based Operator) at Vance Brand Airport, the future of the airport becomes that much more secure, probably to the chagrin of those that have endlessly tried to undermine the airport for the last 20 years.   Continue reading

Musings from the wilderness

Life is good, especially when you flush out those that never should have been part of your daily existence.  This includes former friends, political enemies, and even some that may be political allies.  The offers and requests for getting back into, or remaining in, the political game haven’t slowed, but my response has been the same: no thanks.  Like I said, life is good. Continue reading

Longmont Airport complaints go “Hitlerian”

This is just too good not to share:

Before anyone asks, no, I didn’t create this video – although I think it’s brilliant.  I like the fact it’s personalized for Longmont, even with a phone call to “Tim”, our airport manager.  Now, if they would have put Hitler in overalls or made him a female…