Longmont gives up HeavenFest for Lent

It was reported today in the Times-Call (through sister publication Loveland Reporter-Herald) that “county staff were quick to jump at the opportunity to work with HeavenFest organizers…”  You didn’t think that was the ever religion-unfriendly Boulder County did you?  Or their elected and non-elected religious/political hit squad here in Longmont?  Nope, that’s Larimer County and the City of Loveland. Continue reading

Longmont is a bellwether for national elections

It’s interesting to look back over the last few Longmont elections for historical purposes.  It seems that recent elections here have been one year ahead of what results are like in national elections.  It’s hard to draw this conclusion on local elections prior to 2007, which was the year blatant partisanship entered into our equation.  Before that, the leanings of city council members weren’t so obvious.   Continue reading

McCoy’s behavior an insult to all citizen advisory boards

Something occurred at the October 26, 2010 Longmont City Council meeting that should trouble citizens and members of advisory boards.  Councilmember Sean McCoy gave a public brow beating to Airport Advisory Board chair Howard Morgan.  It’s the same thing he does, repeatedly, to Longmont Area Economic Council president John Cody. Continue reading

Who McCoy, Levison, and Hansen associate with

Now time for a little satire, sarcasm, and comedy relief.
The following is a closed letter (as in I’m not going to email it to you as you’ll probably delete without reading, and since you visit my sites anyway you’ll see it sooner or later) to Longmont council members Sean McCoy, Sarah Levison, and Brian Hansen.  Although it may not appear so, I am typing very slowly so as to hopefully improve your comprehension. Continue reading

Sammoury shines in otherwise ludicrous council meeting

This is basically Part 2 of 3 of the June 8, 2010 Longmont City Council meeting.  First was “Longmont loons on parade” where I showed a group of citizens basically making themselves look like the south end of a horse.  Thankfully, now I’ll go from shameful to uplifting, as I present you the presentation that Councilmember Alex Sammoury made.  And attention nutjobs:  his name rhymes with the spanish word amore, not Toyota Camry.  This video is solid gold, the best of the group (mainly because the next one of Councilmember Sarah Levison is mostly pathetic). Continue reading

Truth about contributions buying votes

Alright, this issue needs to be cleared up once and for all.

There are people in town trying to rewrite history about contributions to city council members – or just don’t know what they are talking about.  Part of the reason we are in this whole mess with the Longmont Fair Campaign Practices Act (LFCPA) and the Election Committee (EC) all comes down to a $5,000 contribution to Gabe Santos from the Longmont Association of Realtors.  But here’s what the people who keep mentioning this either have conveniently forgotten or don’t want you to know: Continue reading

Staggering bill for Election Committee hearings

In my recent “Scrap the Longmont Fair Campaign Practices Act” I said “The financial cost to the city (special counsel and prosecutor) was in the thousands, while the fines levied were barely in the hundreds.”  Apparently I was being too conservative.  The bill (up to this point) is in a city document that may make your jaw drop, even I was surprised.  Be prepared to be appalled. Continue reading

Clueing in the easily puzzled

It’s a rare treat for your loyal editor and publisher to respond to the occasional sniping from the pointless peanut gallery.  If I did it all the time, I’d have nothing else to do, and it’s boring to argue with the ignorant.

But someone (you’ve never heard of) has gone out of her way to mention me a couple of times in reference to a recent board appointment, so let me answer.  Her name is Paula Burr (just by typing that, her name exposure just went up 100 fold), an Obamabot from Organizing For America (which probably explains why she doesn’t care for me or my appointment) and has repeatedly said she’s “puzzled“.  I’ll try to unpuzzle. Continue reading

Longmont never leaned left

(The following guest opinion appeared in the November 24, 2009 Longmont Times-Call)

One of my more favorite hobbies is to collect data, sift through and crunch the numbers, and then try to make some sense out of it or look at it in a slightly different way.  I’m a political junkie, especially when it comes to elections, so I’d like to put to rest this falsehood that keeps floating around town. Continue reading