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 →
Another election, and plenty of opportunities lost. First, with the Presidential race I got 44 out of 50 states right, which is my worst call yet. But, I was far from alone on that one and people far smarter and more prominent than I got it even worse. At the time of this writing, Florida still hasn’t been officially called, but I assume Obama will get it and a final tally of 332-206, although the popular vote was much closer than that Electoral College number looks. Continue reading →
You don’t have to be a Republican to know that politics in Boulder County are more or less dictated by a powerful Democratic Party — indeed, by a relatively small inner circle — that faces absolutely no challenge at the ballot box.
Boulder County commissioners to decide on management of public croplands
LONGMONT — A boisterous crowd of hundreds — at one point punching through the Longmont Conference Center’s fire occupancy limit and forcing an attached room to be opened — had their say about genetically modified crops Thursday night and Friday morning during a 9 1/2-hour public hearing on Boulder County’s proposed Cropland Policy.
It’s all in the family—the Democratic Party, that is, which enjoys a stranglehold on Boulder County government. First, let it be said that if the three Boulder County commissioners were Republicans engaging in the same sort of behavior, I would criticize them as well. What’s going on here may be perfectly legal, but to some of us it’s objectionable.
Peggy Jackson, a retired Boulder County government human resources manager, has dropped her bid for a county commissioner’s seat and is now running for the Longmont-based House District 11 seat in the Colorado Legislature.
The Boulder County Zero Waste Action Plan will again be discussed at Longmont City Council tonight, although no decision is required for Longmont’s participation until late this year or more likely in 2012.
Fortunately, the four common sense (i.e., non-liberal) members of council have already expressed concern over the prohibitive cost and possible involuntary nature of the more heavy-handed aspects of BoCo’s plan.
For starters, the term “zero waste” is absurd in itself. Everybody knows that human society produces some degree of waste. Even the enviros admit that zero waste is an impossibility, so why even use the term? It’s the typical extreme mentality that we see so often from the green community, especially Boulder County. Continue reading →
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