The Longmont Years: 2000-2006 Coming to Longmont, and Wrongmont

It’s not with a heavy heart, but actually a quite light and airy one, that we bid adieu to the city we’ve called home for the last 13+ years; Longmont, Colorado.  But fear not, I still have to work there for a few more years, live close enough to be affected by it, and may once in a while throw some tax dollars its way.  Happily I’ll be throwing less toward Boulder County. Continue reading

2013 Longmont Election Post Mortem – Final Edition

As loyal readers know, after nearly every election I write about what went down, occasionally with some behind-the-scenes info.  Since I’ve now moved out of Longmont, alas, this will be the last.  To the knuckleheads who think this or previous elections had anything to do with us moving, well, you’re a moron to think so.  But I’ll get to that in another post. Continue reading

Christensen, aka “Polly Progressive”, off to worst start ever for Longmont councilmember

You don’t have to take my word for it, but newly elected Polly Christensen – who’s now earned the moniker “Polly Progressive” (hat tip The Coyote) – easily has had the worst start of any Longmont city councilmember.  And that’s saying something considering Sean McCoy once sat on that council.  Here’s a recap of what’s gone on, with links and tweets galore.  But first, this awesome YouTube video: Continue reading

Home Rule does not equal Mob Rule

The loud cry of the progressive left on the international scale right down to Longmont is democracy…democracy…democracy!

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This may sound admirable, but there is one important caveat: Democracy only works under the Rule of Law. Otherwise, mob rule results (see Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt). The Founders knew this well in crafting the U.S. Constitution. 

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Want it quick? Follow on Twitter

Sometimes life moves too fast for blogs or blogging.  Want to find out what’s going on quicker?  Follow @clightningrod on Twitter.  Facebook’s okay, and we have a page there, but Twitter is quick and to the point.  If you can’t get your point across in 160 characters, or at least the relevant highlights, well, go read a book or the newspaper.  Here’s a typical tweet:

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Coombs invisible when it counts

Great leaders as mayors are highly visible in times of crisis. The classic example was that of Rudy Giuliani with the 9/11 attacks. He served to calm and reassure New York City as well as the entire nation.

By comparison, Longmont mayor Dennis Coombs was not at all visible to the public for 2 1/2 days after the September flood. When he did appear via media, it was a hastily produced web video of little value.

I have no doubt that Dennis Coombs is a terrific restaurant owner, but he is a fish out of water serving in public office as mayor. Challenger Bryan Baum has always carried the presence and wisdom of a mayoral leader and is best suited to lead Longmont both in good times and in times of crisis.

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

The unsurprising failure of Denver’s ‘affordable housing’ ordinance

Randal O’Toole of the Independence Institute confirms what we’ve known all along–that forced affordable housing programs don’t work and amount to government engineering of local real estate markets.

Fortunately, Longmont City Council under Mayor Bryan Baum repealed its Inclusionary Zoning ordinance in 2011.  But in true far-left fashion, the city of Boulder continues its affordable housing program at an outlandish 20% mandate to builders.

The unsurprising failure of Denver’s ‘affordable housing’ ordinance

The unsurprising failure of Denver’s ‘affordable housing’ ordinance

By Randal O’Toole

Denver’s urban-growth boundary has made housing expensive. More than a decade ago, the city blamed “failure by the private market to produce enough affordable housing” (see p. 5). To fix this “failure,” the city required developers to build “affordable housing.” Now, the city admits that this ordinance is a failure. Continue reading