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

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.

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

Progressive policy failures have made Longmont less affordable

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

So Long, Longmont

The title of this post is actually a title of a book by the recently deceased Longmont resident D. Ernie Greenly.  Back when I got started (with Wrongmont) we had some interesting back-and-forth conversations, but we never got together for that beer he wanted to buy me.  When I use that term, I’m not leaving Longmont, yet, but Longmont is leaving many of us. Continue reading

Mayor Coombs: “Tax the hell out of us now”

As if we didn’t know it already,  Longmont Mayor Dennis Coombs has once again shown he’s a mere sock puppet for local hard left progressive ideologues.

The latest proof came with Coombs’ absurd suggestion regarding the passage of a sales tax increase to fund RTD FasTracks.  It’s a plan that at best can promise Northwest Rail to Longmont in an unfathomable 2028-2034 timeframe. Continue reading

St. Vrain Valley Voices: Mayor exceeded his authority

(A version of the following was printed in the 2/11/12 Times-Call)

It’s disappointing to see the self-proclaimed “Mayor for Everyone” Dennis Coombs so easily steered and persuaded by the more radical elements in the area. Just when you thought jobs and the economy should be the most pressing matters, along comes Mayor Coombs’ handlers to remind you that social issues like “marriage equality” are more important. I recall Republicans nationally making this same mistake and paying dearly for it. Continue reading

Open Letter to Council: Mayors aren’t dictators

(Open letter to Longmont City Council)

While the Times-Call comment section is burning up more than I’ve ever seen before, I hope all of council is paying attention to what’s being said there.  I waited until over 100 comments were made to weigh in, mainly because I’m trying to stick to what I said at council about not repeating others (not that I’ve really had that problem anyway), but there are some excellent points being made.

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