When you anti-frackers are getting together for your coffee klatches, or door-to-door activities to annoy your neighbors, keep in mind you are in interesting company: enviro-terrorists, Saudi princes, and those that fund the most rabid anti-American forces on the planet. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
It 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 →
Anti-fracking activists protest outside the Boulder County Courthouse on June 18. (Jeremy Papasso, Daily Camera)
Boulder County this week became the latest jurisdiction in Colorado to defy state law in a bid to placate anti-fracking activists — or fractivists, as they are sometimes called — by extending a moratorium on applications for oil and gas development.
So the county’s original moratorium, now extended several times, has effectively become a drilling ban. And yet the state high court has ruled in the past that a city can’t outlaw drilling — an opinion the court is likely to stand by should it rule again. Continue reading →
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 →
Following a secret, months-long process and without any input from my office, voters or Republican legislators, Democrats rammed through legislation that fundamentally changes how we run our elections.
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 →
As Fort Collins awaits similar fracking lawsuit, Longmont racks up $69,000 in legal fees
Longmont faces two lawsuits related to its oil and gas restrictions
May 2, 2013
If you’re wondering what it might cost Fort Collins to defend itself in court if it is sued for banning fracking, the answer is a quickly moving target.
The only other city in Colorado to ban fracking and restrict energy development within city limits is Longmont, which has spent nearly $69,000 in legal fees through March 31 defending itself against two lawsuits challenging the city’s oil and gas regulations. Continue reading →
Watch closely as the legislature is in its final days of the 2013 session. This year is shaping up as a game-changer for the way Coloradans govern ourselves and seek the common good.
Over the decades, we’ve seen a Republican-led House and Senate confronting a Democratic governor, and vice versa. We’ve seen the House and Senate controlled by opposite parties. We’ve seen the GOP in complete control, as they were briefly under Gov. Bill Owens, and the Dems in complete control, as they are now under Gov. John Hickenlooper.
But never in my 40 years here have we seen so aggressive an ideological agenda rammed through by one party — and with a nasty kicker in the form of rigged election rules that could lock in the dominant party’s gains for a generation. That’s what I mean by a game-changer. Continue reading →
Welcome to LightningRod Blog. We feature posts about regional and national politics, aviation, and life in general.
If you're looking for Longmont, CO related posts, go to www.longmontpolitics.com