LP027: Times-Call refuses to run an editorial, 2 papers say vote NO to fracking ban, and election predictions

On Episode 27 of Longmont Politics, Chris talked about the Times Call refusing to run his Longmont’s Liberal/Progressive Thugocracy editorial, and made some comments in general about the newspaper/media industry.  Then it was onto Ballot Question 300 (the ban on fracking) and how it’s main speaker is now saying that if the ban (and cost of lawsuits or private property concerns) gets too expensive, we can just repeal it in a special election!  Chris read the editorial by four councilmembers asking voters to vote NO on 300, and then played audio of Longmont City Council Mayor Pro Tem Gabe Santos speaking to council – as a private citizen – also imploring voters to vote NO on 300, citing the excellent Denver Post editorial requesting the same.

Chris then passed along rumors on the campaign trail relating to 300, and thoughts on the St. Vrain Valley School District mill levy 3A and how they are illegally placing yard signs all over the city.  It was then on to observations around the city, including the shortage of Obama yard signs, and the possible outcome of the various races, including State House, Congressional, and Presidential races. And yes, some predictions were made.

Music played in this show was “How The World Ends” by Modern Science – courtesy of Music Alley.

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Longmont’s Liberal/Progressive Thugocracy

The following was sent to the Times-Call for publication, they refused to run it for reasons unknown at the time of this posting. I ran the subject matter by a few random people, all were outraged and asked why they hadn’t heard about it. I wasn’t going to write about it as it’s old news to me, but apparently unknown by most. I assume the Times-Call isn’t running it because of the subject matter, but they’ve been running some pretty screwy Open Forum letters lately, so that can’t totally be it. I also assume this is something plenty of people in Longmont, while disturbed by it, would find interesting – dare I say newsworthy. Continue reading

Times-Call endorses Jeff Ilseman for RTD District I

Today (October 29, 2012) the Longmont Times-Call endorsed Jeff Ilseman for RTD District I.

Of a field of what appears to be four capable candidates for the District I director’s position, our recommendation to voters is Jeff Ilseman of Longmont, who has served on the Longmont Transportation Advisory Board, the Public Policy Committee of the Longmont Area Chamber of Commence and the Judicial Performance Commission of the 20th Judicial District.

Read more at Times-Call

Some comments re: commentaries by Times-Call business editor

 Are the oil and gas people really all that terrible?

       Having written a column only a few Sundays ago skewering the oil and gas industry, Tony Kindelspire, business editor of the Times-Call is back again on May 27 with a similar offering, long on emotionalism and short on scientific proof.  

He keeps emphasizing the danger of drilling for oil and gas, especially the use of hydraulic fracturing, but offers no scientific proof that anyone’s illness around here is, or ever has been attributed to this activity. After all, drilling for oil and gas in Boulder County, including Longmont, is not a new phenomenon. Black gold was discovered just north of Boulder in 1901 and, according to the 1945 Colorado Yearbook, two wells were still producing there. (While residing in Louisville from 1965 to 1997, I knew of two active gas wells–one was located in Superior, the other just north of Louisville.)

       Does the oil and gas industry need regulating? Yes. But I don’t think it was necessary for the columnist to broad-brush the entire oil and gas industry (which would have to include its employees and their families, some of whom no doubt reside in Longmont) into his “Who do you trust?” category. He’s apparently upset that “20 inspectors for the state’s 45,000 wells are not enough.” Is this the number of currently producing oil and gas wells or is it the grand total of all the wells ever drilled in Colorado? How many are now capped or were dry holes to start with? And there’s not a word about the economic benefits and payment of things like severance taxes.

         I, too, appreciate Councilman Bagley’s willingness to serve on the Local Government Designee panel. However, did he stick around long enough to even get some play on his ideas, using his lawyerly skills to sway the other committee members? I don’t know.

        Contrary to Kindelspire’s criticism of the several City Council members who are allegedly dragging their feet on this issue, I commend them for resisting a quick rush to judgment.

        If we’re going to pass laws here in Longmont based on how many “fors” or “againsts” that can be lined up at the City Hall microphone beforehand or, if that fails, put every issue on the ballot so that outside talent and money can be brought in to achieve the desired outcome, then there’s no need for a City Council. And yes, I’m for free speech and the right to petition, although I quit signing petitions years ago because they were often misleading. Now I see where a petition drive is already underway. Only in Longmont. This is a clever strategy because it not only keeps things stirred up, it puts a lot of pressure on each council member.

         Drilling for gas and oil, the last I heard, is a legitimate business, not a function of government. To pretend that the outside business world is paying no attention as to what’s happening here in Longmont is wishful thinking. For decades, this community has enjoyed a positive reputation as a good place to do business—an image hard to gain, easily destroyed. Who cares? 

      Okay, there you have it. Blast away.

Percy Conarroe, Longmont

Anti-photo ID is pro-fraud

(The following appeared in the Sunday May 27, 2012 Times-Call)
I’d like a straight answer from our liberal/progressive/socialist friends on why they are so against requiring photo ID when voting or registering to vote.

It’s mostly a rhetorical question, as many of us are aware of the answer.They claim profiling, racism and intentional disenfranchisement — but their position essentially is encouragement of voter fraud for political gain, plain and simple. Just a means to an end. Continue reading