Bob Miller

Times-Call Owners Must Have the Mindset of Feudal Lords

It should be of concern to Longmont residents that the Longmont Daily Times-Call newspaper apparently is being run by people who have the mindset of feudal lords of the thirteenth century. Given that there were no newspapers back then, they certainly would have fit right in.

The most recent evidence of their inability to provide any meaningful service to Longmont voters during this election year is the Oct. 24th editorial endorsement of Ken Buck, another fine example of thirteenth century mentality, for election to the U. S. House of Representatives from Colorado’s 4th Congressional District.

We can only assume they took the time to talk with him about his plans if he gets to Congress. We do not have to assume anything about whether they talked to his main opponent, Vic Meyers of Trinidad. They definitely did not talk to Mr. Meyers. In fact, when he called and said he would like to meet with the editorial board, he was told they would not meet with him, nor any other candidates for Congress from the 4th CD because the newspaper would not be making any endorsements in that race. Clearly, that was a falsehood.

That wasn’t the only time Mr. Meyers tried to meet with a representative of the so-called newspaper. All his efforts were rebuffed.

Back when I was a reporter, my job was always to seek out candidates for public office, interview them, and write stories that were then published. We believed we were doing our readers a service. The Times-Call does not want to provide any such service. The Times-Call owners just want to tell us who we should elect.

I, for one, am rejecting their advice. I’m voting for Vic Meyers for Congress. He’s an honest, hard-working Coloradan who’s running for Congress because he’s fed up with partisan gridlock and the worst do-nothing Congress in the history of our country.

Vic Meyers deserves the support of Coloradans who value public service and want the best people possible to represent them in Washington, D. C. And who don’t care what the feudal lords who own the Times-Call have to say about it.

Vic Meyers

Vic Meyers

Let’s Send Vic Meyers to Washington

Vic Meyers

Vic Meyers

This year the residents of Colorado’s 4th Congressional District can send a strong message to our nation’s capital.

The message is that we are fed up with the failure of Congress to do its job, and we’re sending back a man to help fix it.

That man is Vic Meyers. He’s running because he shares our frustration and wants to do something about it. Vic will represent us, not the wealthy individuals and corporations who believe that their money makes their opinions more important and valuable than ours.

Send a message this year. Vote for Vic Meyers for Congress. He’ll do us proud.

Baum’s Bullying Back Again

faces-of-baumBoorish bullying is back again, this time in Longmont’s election campaign, and the sordid tactics are compliments of Bryan Baum and his cohorts.

This week Longmont voters are receiving calls from an outfit called Public Appeal (206-397-1100) which apparently has been authorized by Baum et al to do a “push poll” on local races. You may try to call their number if you wish, but I’ve never gotten an answer.

I got their call on Monday, October, 14. When the computer-generated voice found out I was supporting the reelection of Mayor Dennis Coombs, the next question was “would it matter to you if you knew that he votes on city issues to benefit his own business?” The next question was “would it matter to you if you knew his actions could cost every Longmont household $10,000 because of lawsuits?” That’s when I hung up. They offered no data to support the misrepresentations in their questions, which simply contain scandalous innuendoes designed to sully the reputation of a good man. It’s a time-honored technique of desperate, and despicable, campaigners.

It is disheartening to see this kind of squalid campaigning brought to Longmont elections, especially against a decent man who has done a fine job as Mayor, and who is running a positive campaign for reelection. He has brought the City Council, and the city, together with his expertise, competence, and congeniality, and he deserves to be reelected.

Mayor Coombs has returned civility to public discourse. The city’s professional staff members do not have to fear being bullied or harassed by the Mayor as they did back in the Baum days. Residents who wish to appear before the Council to share their opinions on issues don’t have to worry about it either. That’s a welcome change and one I want to see continued.

Mayor Coombs has brought back inclusiveness, conciliation, and an open mind to civic discussions. Hang up on the pushing pollsters, and join me in voting to keep Mayor Coombs working for all of us in Longmont.

Senate candidate Romanoff does what he says he will do

Andrew Romanoff

Andrew Romanoff

There are political experts in Boulder County who don’t see much difference between Andrew Romanoff and Michael Bennet in the race for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate. There are those in the Democratic Party who also make this claim. Yet the differences between the two candidates are significant. Beyond stylistic, the differences in positions are substantive and very real.

Let’s begin with measures that could make government more accountable to its citizens.

Romanoff refuses to accept campaign contributions from corporations, political action committees or any special-interest groups. Bennet’s campaign has taken more than a million dollars from special interest groups, including bailed-out banks, discredited insurance companies, BP and other oil industry giants and high-powered Washington, D.C., lobbying firms. There is nothing stylistic about that difference. It’s as plain as it can be.

Romanoff proposes to prohibit lawmakers from taking cash from anyone lobbying a committee on which they are a member. Bennet serves on the Senate Banking Committee, and his campaign is now one of the top 10 recipients of Wall Street cash. Nothing stylistic there either.

The difference is as plain as the nose on your face.

Romanoff supports the Fair Elections Now Act. Bennet, to the best of my knowledge, continues to decline to state his position. Again, a plain and obvious difference between the two candidates.

There’s no question that in the current economic crisis — and it is still a crisis — Coloradans and all Americans are vitally concerned about how to protect their jobs, their homes and their savings.

Once again, Romanoff stands with the people, and Bennet stands with the big financial institutions. Romanoff supports allowing courts to shield families from foreclosure. On April 30, 2009, Bennett voted with the banks, against homowners.

Romanoff backs a plan to prevent banks from becoming “too big to fail.” Again, Bennet voted against taxpayers and with the banks on May 10. Romanoff also supports a plan to divide investment and commercial banking. So far, Bennet doesn’t have a position on this particular matter.

Romanoff’s record in Colorado shows that he voted to fund Meals on Wheels and other services for older Coloradans <HB 06-1018). And on March 3, in Congress, Bennet voted to deny seniors $250, even though he knew it was a year in which there would be no Social Security increase.

Romanoff voted to defend the right of workers to organize (HB07-1072). Bennet continues to refuse to state his position on the Employee Free Choice Act.

Repeatedly, Romanoff has made good on his efforts to hold down the cost of health care. He cracked down on insurance companies that delay or deny valid claims <HB 08-1407) .

Bennet, on the other hand, has taken thousands of dollars from the insurance industry and did not keep his promise to push for a public option in the health care legislation. He does not favor a single- payer plan, and Romanoff has been consistent in his support for a single-payer system.

As a four-time elected state legislator and as Speaker of the House, Romanoff helped make Colorado a world leader in renewable energy. Bennet talks about it, but it’s mostly that – just talk. His campaign has taken thousands of dollars from this nation’s biggest polluters, including BP.

Romanoff supports President Obama’s efforts to end tax breaks for Big Oil and to use the savings to curb the deficit and to boost energy efficiency

Again, Bennet talks about it, but on June 15, he joined a majority of senators to vote with Big Oil and against taxpayers and the environment. His message to voters seems to be: Pay attention to what I say, not what I do.

The differences between Romanoff and Bennet are many and significant.

Now it may be that Bennet has some of the same political leanings as Romanoff does, but the splendid difference is that Romanoff does what he says he will do.

He’s precisely the kind of senator Colorado needs to send to Washington, D.C., this year.

Bob Miller has resided in Longmont for six years.