Longmont fracking ban won’t be free

The following appeared in the October 23, 2012 Times-Call.  It was written by four Longmont City Councilmembers speaking for themselves as private citizens.  They raise some good questions, questions I’d like OHOFOL and Food & Water Watch to answer, publicly.   -CRod

The problem with ballot issues is all too often they are narrowly drafted, poorly researched and leave a boatload of unintended consequences.

The problem is compounded when ballot measures are placed in the city charter, rather than in ordinance, because once the unintended consequences are realized they can only be fixed or repaired through successive elections rather than council action. City Council can amend an ordinance; only voters can change something in the charter.

Jeff Ilseman: RTD: Who Needs It?

(The following was submitted from RTD Board of Directors, District I candidate Jeff Ilseman.)

In 2004 a proponent of FasTracks rang our doorbell and talked with my wife. After listening to the cordial conversation, my right brain, which allegedly focuses on creativity and feeling, thought how great it would be to have a train that my transit-dependent son, then 22 years old, could use to access opportunities that he may not otherwise be able to access. Continue reading

Bob Greenlee: Erie smart, Longmont not

Greenlee: A Tale of Two Cities
By Bob Greenlee
9/16/2012 Daily Camera

There’s hardly an example of human activity that doesn’t impact someone. A few activities are more susceptible to posing harm than others, but we also don’t live in a riskless world. There’s no greater example of risks that occur than those related to the recovery of natural resources. Mining and other extractive processes are always potentially hazardous and it is only sensible to assume that regulating these activities is appropriate. But arriving at a consensus on what constitutes reasonable is never easy.

Consider this tale of two cities, Longmont and Erie. Longmont, long considered by many to be a somewhat sleepy rural-oriented community not prone to citizens taking radical positions on issues, took a rather aggressive approach when dealing with the contemporary oil and gas drilling technique knowing as fracking. Erie, a much smaller community, has chosen to deal with the same fracking issue in a significantly more sensible way.

Read the rest at the Daily Camera:
http://www.dailycamera.com/opinion-columnists/ci_21546034/greenlee-tale-two-cities

Practical words on fracking

They may come from different ends of the political spectrum, but retired newspaperman Percy Conarroe and former Boulder County Commissioner Paul Danish know a thing or two about the goings-on in Longmont and Boulder County.

More enlightening is the fact that both senior gentlemen, now living in Longmont, see the foolishness in the current anti-fracking hysteria.

Longmont Politics is glad to re-post Percy Conarroe’s excellent letter printed in the Times-Call on Sept. 4.  Secondly, we are running a series of links to Paul Danish’s astute views on fracking from his Danish Plan column in the Boulder Weekly.

Percy Conarroe: Longmont City Council should have drilled for facts Continue reading

Brandon Shaffer’s Todd Akin Moment

(The following appeared in the August 29, 2012 Longmont Times-Call)

Contrary to his blind loyalists repeated fawning, I’d like to paint you a quite different picture of State Senator and U.S. Congressional candidate Brandon Shaffer. I’ll get to his horrid voting record over the last 8 years later, but there’s even something more despicable he’s engaged in that you probably aren’t even aware of.   Continue reading

You’ve always heard it here first

Now that there’s been more than 1000 posts on the Longmont Advocate/LightningRod/Politics sites, and many more previous entries on Chris Rodriguez’s Wrongmont blog, it strikes me how many times the non-politically correct, common sense point of view has proven to be true in the long run vs. the reactionary pushing of underlying agendas.

One of the numerous examples from Chris’s writings – Cooling off a solar flare-up – came in early 2010 when Mayor Bryan Baum was besieged by the local left due to his efforts to halt a program providing solar system rebates to Longmont residential and commercial customers at a cost to the city of $150,000. Continue reading

Brandon Shaffer’s Electoral College deception

The following was pulled from the old Wrongmont site and appears to be written around 2007.  Unfortunately, most if not all of the hyperlinks are broken as those sites either don’t exist anymore, or the articles were just removed.  But the information is still relevant and helps give full context and perspective on one of the more disturbing activities of State Senator Brandon Shaffer (Dem-Longmont).  Now he wants to be the U.S. Congressman for Longmont. Continue reading

Jeff Ilseman: An Inconvenient Train

(The following is a guest submission by RTD District I candidate Jeff Ilseman)

I love a good train ride, especially if it is also fast and cheap. I grew up near the end of the BNSF line coming out of Chicago’s Union Station. It was built in the 1860s, during the Civil War, when Lincoln was president, and decades before automobiles were invented. How ironic it is that I retired near the end of a “planned” BNSF line coming out of Denver’s Union Station, to be completed in the 2040s. Continue reading

Denver Post: O & G regs are state’s job

Interesting that the notoriously left-wing Denver Post in an Aug. 1 editorial has sided with the state on oil & gas drilling …

Editorial: In Colorado, oil and gas regulations are the state’s job

The city of Longmont has been looking for a way to legally regulate oil and gas drilling near residential areas for most of this year.

Soon, we’ll find out if they’ve succeeded. Continue reading

Anti-fracking ballot issue worse than doing nothing

(A version of this article ran in the July 5th, 2012 Longmont Times-Call)
The anti-fracking petition currently being circulated, and the ballot issue it proposes, is a big waste of time and eventually will be a waste of city and taxpayer money.

According to “Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont” (OHOFOL – or as I like to pronounce it “AWFUL”), their petition is to ban fracking within the city limits of Longmont. If you are in favor of such a concept, it sounds innocent enough on its face. But, as always, there’s more to the story. Continue reading