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Otter be a better way

You'll be hearing this ALL WEEKEND, get ready

This weekend Mile-Hi Skydiving will be aiming to set a Colorado State record for a formation skydive linking 70+ skydivers together in the air at one time. Instead of the usual 3 aircraft in operation, they will be using 5.

I’m sure that Mile-Hi Skydiving and the participating skydivers feel that they are striving for a laudable and daring stunt. But for thousands of Boulder County residents who live in Longmont, Niwot, Gunbarrel and beyond, it promises to be another weekend filled with obnoxious, tormenting airplane noise. Sure, I realize that some folks may actually “like” the reverberating sound of the Mile-Hi Twin Otter – just like some people like the sound of incessantly barking dogs and leaf blowers. But for most of us, enjoying the great outdoors on the weekend in relative peace and quiet is a simple pleasure that we truly appreciate. For many of us, the rural character of Boulder County enticed us to live here.

So, when you’re outside this weekend, take a moment to listen. That loud plane circling continuously high above is Mile-Hi Skydiving. They do not give a hoot about the noise they are creating nor your quality of life. To learn more about our efforts to address this problem, please contact us at SayNoToSkydiving@yahoo.com.

Expect outside influence with negative mailers in 2011 election

They did it before, they'll do it again

The slate of candidates for Longmont’s 2011 election is now determined. Technically, the races for mayor and city council are non-partisan races. That simply means that political parties and their registered voters do not determine candidates in a primary for a general election against candidates from competing political parties. It does not eliminate alignment with political parties or political philosophies. Nor does it mean that campaign tactics that we see in state and national elections will not occur.

The divisions that are so obvious at the national level exist in Longmont as well. They exist on our city council because they reflect the divisions in the Longmont community.

In the Longmont 2009 election, very large sums of money were funneled in support of the rightwing four-person majority of the current city council (Baum, Santos, Witt and Sammoury) by an organization known as Western Tradition Partnership (WTP). Such campaigns are not supposed to be “coordinated” but analysis of campaign reports from 2009 cast doubts.

WTP is rabidly anti-environment and is absolutist on the issue of property rights. They go well beyond belief in a free market into an orthodoxy that believes that if you must have government, its purpose should be of, by and for business interests to the exclusion of all else.

Western Tradition Partnership has surfaced around the nation, but mostly in the West, to target candidates with a “D” after their name or who are known or perceived be to a Democrat in any way, shape or form. The Montana Political Practices Commission stopped just short of accusing the organization of corruption and there was testimony to indicate that some of their money likely came from out of the country and found its way into American elections.

Western Tradition Partnership funded the Longmont Leadership Committee who waged a viciously negative campaign against Karen Benker and Kaye Fissinger. It went so far as to include Sean McCoy in their Longmont Leader “newspaper,” even though he wasn’t running in 2009. McCoy does not back down from deeply held convictions against Crony Capitalism. He is committed to clean, open and honest government. That is enough to put him on the radar of people and organizations that believe they have a birthright to power and government control.

WTP now goes by the name American Tradition Partnership. It is an IRS 501c4 tax-exempt, non-profit organization restricted by law from engaging in predominantly political purposes. But that hasn’t stopped it in the past and it won’t stop it going forward. IRS enforcement is virtually nil and when investigations are launched, they are well after the damage has been done.

Expect much more backdoor negative politics in Longmont’s 2011 election. The names may not be the same because past publicity has exposed them locally, statewide and nationally.

You will receive slick mailers that will slant truth and reality, if not invent outright lies. They did it before and they will do it again. They will target the three incumbents that have been on their radar since 2007 – Sean McCoy, Sarah Levison, and Brian Hansen. They will probably target Dennis Coombs as well – for no reason other than that he is challenging Bryan Baum, whom they adore because he embraces their orthodoxy and is a climate-change denier. Denying the realities and evidence of climate change is the first and foremost mission of WTP/ATP or whatever name it will be this time.

And don’t be surprised if independent mailers even seek to divide Longmont’s Democrats. These political committees know what political party you belong to if you’ve declared. There will be almost no limit to their strategies and tactics.

Money bought the 2009 elections and it will be used again to attempt to buy the 2011 elections. And they are counting on Longmont voters to be paying attention to anything or everything else and to rely on negative mailers to make their decisions about who should establish policies for their city. You will know which candidates they support by who is negatively targeted. By cui bono. Who benefits?

It’s not Longmont and its citizenry that they care about. It’s power for extreme and irrational causes and support for some very, very special interests, local and beyond.

Matt Jones Announces State Senate Bid

Current State Representative Matt Jones will continue the fight for middle class Coloradans

Jones formally announced his candidacy for state senate in Senate District 17, which covers portions of eastern Boulder County including Longmont, Lafayette, Louisville, and western Erie. The seat is currently held by Brandon Shaffer, who is term limited. Jones is currently serving his 4th term as a State Representative.

Matt Jones returned to the Statehouse in 2010 when he handily won the primary election for House District 12, Longmont, Louisville and Lafayette, by ten points and the general election by 28 points. He previously served three terms in 1987-1993.

His co-chairs include former State Representative Paul Weissmann, County Commissioners Cindy Domenico and Ben Pearlman, former County Commissioner Jana Mendez, District Attorney Stan Garnett, Sheriff Joe Pelle, and former 22-year Longmont City Council member Tom McCoy.

“As a senator I will be even more able to get Coloradans back on track and feeling stronger than before,” Jones said. “I will continue to work on bipartisan solutions to create jobs, fund quality education, and provide affordable health care and a clean environment. Our current economic adversity further stokes my passion to ensure opportunity and security for middle class families.”

Jones added, “I want to thank Senate President Brandon Shaffer for his leadership and tremendous service to the citizens of eastern Boulder County.”

Don’t splinter Longmont.

The following address was given to the Colorado Reapportionment Commission on August 15, 2011.

I appreciate the opportunity to speak today. My Mom and Dad settled on our farm just north of Longmont 58 years ago and raised us six kids there. I went to all of my public schooling in the St Vrain Valley school district. I am self employed and I live on the family farm today. We do all of our shopping in Longmont, my mother was cared for at Longmont United Hospital before she passed, and I travel to Lyons regularly. I tell my friends who live out of state that I live so close to the mountains all I have to do is drive 7 miles west, and my ears will start to pop. I have my vibrant hometown of Longmont just a few blocks south of me and the mountains to the west of me.

As an ordinary citizen who tries to be informed and active, appreciating the fact that I can vote and be aware of the job my representatives are performing, the first thing you do is learn what district you live in. Learning about reapportionment is certainly kicking it up a notch, so I very much appreciate what I’ve learned in the past few weeks, terms like “communities of interest”. But mostly I appreciate the effort the commission has put into considering the citizens of Longmont so that each vote counts and that there is fair representation in our community.

So personally speaking I live in HD 13, but with the adopted plan I would now be part of HD11. In one regard that’s great because it is as if one of Longmont’s districts boundaries is coming up to include us. But it’s not just how redistricting affects me personally, or where my house is physically, it is how I interact, use and depend upon my community, how I see my community and how my community as a whole is affected. The term “communities of interest’ tells me that the rules that govern reapportionment are very thoughtful in accordance to the way people live their everyday lives. As a commission member, unless you live in the community of Longmont, it would be very challenging to really step inside the shoes of a citizen who lives there. But I guess that’s why we’re here tonight. I’m concerned with some of the comments I’ve heard tonight that the citizens of Longmont do not have the same interests as Boulder. But I think Longmont benefits from good ideas from any of it’s neighboring communities. If Boulder is so “bad” I haven’t heard any specifics as to why that’s so.

That’s also why I have some serious concerns about the adopted plan. I think that the whole of Main street is a community of interest so to split a chunk out of it, as you are doing south of Mountain View, is fracturing the heart of Longmont. Even with the ebbs and flows of the economy Main Street is the very long center of town — it’s been that way since I was a kid — it needs to stay that way. And what about all those folks that live in Old Town that are now all of a sudden sliced off to another district to the south? Communities of interest are also very human too. With the adopted plan it is splintering Longmont’s Latino community, a very vital culture in our town, and that’s been mentioned tonight. But it should also be mentioned that lower socioeconomic areas are affected as well. What’s fair is to assure that their voice is heard, not that their voice is splintered.

Stepping back and looking at the sheer size of Longmont, the development at times has crept north, although the heart of Longmont remains the same. When you look at the broader picture of Longmont and it’s neighboring communities, with the size of the population and the way people logically conduct their everyday lives — and have done so for decades — it makes sense that we arrived at having two representative voices for the region a few years ago. But why would we change the amount of people in the two districts to be more disproportionate and less evenly represented?

What Longmont is faced with now is an interesting challenge for its future. It’s a combination of maintaining what I remember was wonderful about growing up here, things like the whole of Main Street being the heart of Longmont. And balancing that with the sheer growth of Longmont. That’s why we need 2 representatives. Before this new plan, the breakdown was 2/5ths in HD11 and 3/5ths in HD12. But with the new plan its more like 88% and 12%. It doesn’t seem fair.

It also makes sense to me that Lyons, with it’s proximity to North Longmont, having similar issues culturally, citizens of Lyons doing business and working in Longmont, as well as being a part of the St. Vrain Valley School District as well as part of Boulder County that Lyons should be part of HD11 as well.

But besides all of what I’ve said based on my personal understanding here, it seems that we’ve been here before. There was a ruling in 2002 that was addressing what could happen when the rules of fairness concerning reapportionment were not abided by. It specifically mentioned Longmont and cited isolating, so therefore disenfranchising, a small segment of Longmont from all other Longmont residents. That’s pretty clear. And the Colorado Supreme Court ruled against it back then. I think it’s pretty clear now that disenfranchisement is happening again under the adopted plan.

Thank You

Moving in the right direction

The City of Longmont is moving forward in developing the master plan for the 1st & Main Station to include a future Regional Transportation District (RTD) commuter rail station at the site of the old flour mill near 1st Avenue and Main Street.

The site initially will only serve as a centralized bus hub. Eventually, it will serve RTD rail and bus customers as the terminus for the FasTracks Northwest Corridor commuter rail line between Longmont and Denver.

Using a $17 million initial payment by RTD, the City is moving ahead with the master plan to spur economic development even before the FasTracks trains start rolling.

To receive E-newsletters on the progress of the study and information on upcoming public meetings, email firstandmain@ci.longmont.co.us.

Longmont’s ALEC impersonators

The following address was presented to the Longmont City Council at its July 26, 2011 meeting.

ALEC

Big money crushing the little people

ALEC. No, not Alex with an X; ALEC with a C

It’s a acronym. It stands for the American Legislative Exchange Council – a secretive front group of hundreds of corporations that are investing millions of dollars a year to write business-friendly legislation at the expense of the middle class, the working class and those in poverty.

ALEC develops and distributes model bills to state elected officials, with the intent those bills be passed in as many state legislatures as possible. ALEC has drafted more than 800 model bills for state legislators, including efforts to privatize everything from schools to prisons, to weaken workers’ rights, and to make it more difficult for citizens to vote,

ALEC develops model bills in task forces where only private business interests and legislators participate. Sound familiar?

ALEC is lobbying in state capitals across the country, all while claiming to the Internal Revenue Service that they are a charitable organization. By claiming to be a charity and calling participating legislators “members,” ALEC attempts to evade disclosure of its lobbying, allows corporate members to deduct their payments as charitable contributions rather than non-deductible lobbying expenses, and does an end-run around state ethics laws.

Longmont, a local home rule municipality, doesn’t have this level of sophistication. Nonetheless, the corporate business interests in this community and in surrounding communities are engaging in very similar practices. They only need to place a phone call to a like-mined council member, schmooze at the Chamber or the Rotary, and contact sympathetic staff members. And the results are fundamental ordinance changes that remove policies that benefit the environment and the community in general and replace them with ordinances that benefit a corrupt ideology and the bank accounts of developers, realtors and all of the businesses aligned accordingly.

The Longmont City Council has:

  • Eliminated Inclusionary Zoning and, as a consequence, has damaged irreparably the city’s Affordable Housing Program and the interest of not only future participants but those of current participants.
  • Eliminated storm water provisions knowing full well, and taking pride in the fact, that the State of Colorado lacks the resources to assure compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency requirements. In some cases, these permits have been reduced from $2000 to $50. Staff and certain council members are at risk of breaking their arms as they pat themselves on the back over this one.
  • And then there are the lawsuit settlements that have transferred nearly $200,000 of taxpayer dollars into the coffers of their ideological allies – Scott Gessler, LifeBridge Church, and Dean Lehman’s Times- Call.

There are other ethical affronts, but three minutes is insufficient to name them all. It’s a crying shame that Longmont has stooped so low and joined in principle with the likes of ALEC.

Be it resolved!

Stop Corporate Takeover

“Resolved, the People of the City of Boulder, Colorado, call for reclaiming democracy from the corrupting effects of undue corporate and monetary influence by amending the United States Constitution to:

1. abolish corporate personhood and prohibit the granting of Constitutional rights to any entity other than a human being; and to

2. clarify that the expenditure of money is not Constitutionally protected free speech so that money spent to influence elections can be subject to reasonable regulation to promote equal protection under the law for all human citizens.”

Tuesday night (July 19th) the Boulder City Council will discuss whether to put the above referendum to the vote of the citizens of Boulder. The referendum is sponsored by the Boulder County Democrats.

According to the Daily Camera, the city has received many calls in support of the referendum, but none opposed.

The effort, spearheaded by the national organization Move to Amend, is seeking to begin the long and difficult process to convince the U.S. House and Senate to pass (by two thirds majority) an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that removes “corporate personhood” and “money as speech” as has been authenticated by activist justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, most recently in the Citizens United decision. Once passed by Congress, a constitutional amendment must be ratified by three-fourths of the states.

The cities of Berkeley, California, and Madison, Wisconsin, as well as Dane County in Wisconsin have been the initial communities to express their support of a constitutional amendment.

Longmont’s Judy Lubow is a member of Move to Amend as well as co-chair of the Boulder County Democrats grassroots action team.

The Boulder County Dems are sponsoring a rally at the Boulder Municipal Building to support the adoption of the ballot referendum. The rally starts at 4:30 PM at Canyon and Broadway on Tuesday. The Council meeting begins at 6:00 PM.

The Reality of Nuclear Energy

KATHLEEN SULLIVAN, PH.D will speak and present a slide show on the realities of nuclear energy followed by a question and answer session. Dr. Sullivan has been engaged in the nuclear issue for over 20 years. She is a nuclear educator and education consultant to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs. Dr. Sullivan has produced two films, The Last Atomic Bomb (2005) and The Ultimate Wish (2010).

She will address the Fukushima accident as well as the impact of nuclear energy on our local communities.

The event will be held at The Longmont Progressive Center, 723 Main St. Longmont CO on Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 PM.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

8: The Mormon Proposition

Please join us at the Longmont Progressive Center, 723 Main Street on Wednesday, June 15, for a FREE viewing and discussion of the critically acclaimed documentary,
8:The Mormon Proposition. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the film begins at 7:00 PM.

8: The Mormon Proposition exposes the Mormon Church’s historic involvement in the promotion and passage of California’s Proposition 8 and the religion’s secretive, decades-long campaign against gay rights.

The film takes place in California and Utah as Mormons, following their prophets’ call to action, wage spiritual warfare with money and misinformation against gay citizens, doing everything they can to deny them of marriage and the rights that come with it.

8: The Mormon Proposition opened in theaters on June 18th, 2010, two years after the first gay marriages took place in California (June 17th, 2008).

Longmont considers deal with Church Development Fund/LifeBridge

Presentation to City Council, May 31, 2011

The purpose of State Highway 66 Regional Drainage Improvement Project is to detain storm drainage flows north of State Highway 66 between Main Street and Hover Road.

The purpose is not to reduce the expenditures for the developer who may eventually build out the Terry Lake Neighborhood.

CDF/Highway 119 Holdings: That name sounds like a straight-forward business entity. It may have business purposes, but the Longmont community needs to know WHO they are and what are the HOLDINGS.

LifeBridge Church borrowed $26 million dollars from CDF. CDF stands for Church Development Fund. LifeBridge mortgaged their properties known to the Longmont community as the Union Development. They mortgaged their properties north of SH 66 – two parcels: LifeBridge Church is on one of them; the other is to the west and is the property that contains the 20 acres that are the subject of Option 2 in the detention issue.

One of the three deeds of trust covering this $26 million was due in July of 2010. The other two were due in 2012. LifeBridge was unable to repay these deeds and so some of its properties were taken by the Church Development Fund as deeds in lieu of foreclosure. The Times-Call painted the transactions differently, but the prospectus for Church Development Fund investors identifies the transactions as, in fact, deeds in lieu of foreclosure.

Most of the Union Development properties went to Church Development Fund with LifeBridge retaining enough property for their religious campus and the very expensive “waterfront” houses originally planned. To retain its existing church LifeBridge, forfeited some additional properties in Weld County and the parcel next to the church.

Even though CDF now owns many of the properties that LifeBridge bought on speculation, Church Development and LifeBridge are still joined at their hips. Both need revenue if they are to accomplish their shared objective – to plant churches. “Plant” is the word they use to describe their religious growth objectives.

The council communication before you indicates that CDF/SH 119 Holdings is unwilling to accept the scenario that depends for reimbursement on development of the Terry Lake Neighborhood. Under current economic conditions, that development falls into the category of speculation. CDF wants reimbursement for the 20 acres for the expansion of the detention pond NOW, not at some unknown time in the future that may never happen. Who might have that $800,000, $40,000 per acre? The City of Longmont.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that Longmont does not need to accommodate Terry Lake, LifeBridge or the Church Development Fund. While the water flow in cubic feet per second is reduced, no additional properties in the City are removed from the flood plain south of Highway 66 beyond those that are removed following the construction of Option 1.

IGA with Firestone ill-advised

Presentation to Longmont City Council, May 24, 2011:

What's the secret THIS time?

They say that the “devil is in the details.” But sometimes the devil is in statements so broad that you can drive a Mack truck through them. Such is the case with the Intergovernmental Agreement between Longmont and Firestone .

I’m not so naïve as to believe that this isn’t already a done deal. After all, staff is recommending it and it is to appear on Firestone’s Agenda two days from today. This is a prime example of the need for much more transparency in negotiations. While there is certainly time for an Open Records Request between now and the Public Hearing, I can’t help but wonder how many staff emails and notes would be declined public access as “work product.” And while I have no knowledge about the final vote count on this, there is no doubt that there are already four pre-determined “yes” votes or the item would not have been advanced to first reading. Guess which four I’m referring to.

Sections 3.0 and 8.0 set forth notification requirements, but lo and behold there’s no substantive penalty for failure. Both state that failure to comply with notice requirements will not invalidate the subject annexations, zoning or subdividing of any parcel of land located within the Union-St. Vrain Planning Area established by this Agreement. And Section 10.0 states that “each Party expressly waives any right to claim against the other Party any damages for any breach or violation of this Agreement.”

Section 6.0: “Firestone and Longmont agree to cooperate with each other to the extent possible (and
with respective special districts) in planning for construction for future utilities, including
but not limited to water and sewer lines, which are reasonably necessary to serve future
development within their own borders…”

Does the public know that within days of LifeBridge withdrawing its Longmont annexation request that a member of the Water Board asked staff to investigate the possibility of selling Longmont water to LifeBridge, fully expecting some kind of development to still occur? It’s in the record.

And then there’s County Road 26. Longmont was all set to give away a portion of the Hernor Open Space to LifeBridge for the realignment of CR26. Better to forfeit open space than require LifeBridge to align the road using some its property. Let Longmont pay. Socialize losses; privatize profits.

Section 4.3: “Firestone and Longmont agree to cooperate on a road alignment and design necessary to accommodate the reservoir expansion and other land uses adjacent to the roadway alignment.”
Translation = the giveaway is at a minimum “back on the table” if not quietly agreed to out of view of the public.

The foregoing is not exhaustive, but it’s more than enough to 1) send staff back to the drawing board or 2) scrap any IGA with Firestone altogether.

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The Intergovernmental Agreement between Longmont and Firestone was advanced to Public Hearing and Second Reading on a 5/2 vote with Council Members Hansen and McCoy dissenting.

Baum annouces. Is Santos next for mayor?

Santos challenging Baum?

Bryan Baum has announced that he is running for a second term of Mayor of Longmont. He made his announcement last Wednesday night in the very friendly setting of “Pints and Politics” sponsored by the Longmont Chamber of Commerce. It’s not enough that Baum is taking his marching orders from the long-standing power brokers of Longmont, but he has chosen to rub the community’s face in it with his relationship with those same individuals.

The announcement has removed some of the questions about the intentions of the far right extremists of Longmont. Although two years ago Katie Witt announced her intentions in March, it’s still a little early to announce.

One has to wonder if Baum made his early announcement to “clear the field.” Although Mayor Pro-Tem Gabe Santos and Baum vote the same on almost every issue, I can’t help but wonder if the announcement was made early in order to dissuade a challenge from Santos. Some tell me that there is tension between the two and that some of the Republicans in our community would prefer that Santos was the city’s mayor.

Almost no one has done more damage to the city of Longmont than Bryan Baum. And the worst of it is that he’s not done even for this term — much less a second term should he win. His mouthpieces, who also wreak considerable damage, claim that he’s undoing the two years of a progressive majority for Longmont. In fact, he’s undoing decades of progress. And all of this is coming from a political ideology that is absent any moral foundation.

If the city council retains an extremist majority, Longmont will be a place that causes much shame and even more distress to our residents’ future in Longmont.

What the hell is goin’ on with city council?!

It is often said that people get the government they deserve. I sincerely hope that this is not the case for Longmont. I hope it’s merely a matter of Longmont’s citizenry being asleep at the political switch, either out of habit or because the current state of the rightwing, corporate-induced economic meltdown has left them no time to consider events on the local stage more broadly.

The alarm clock has been ringing and there is no time left to continue to hit the snooze button. You do not own your government. A coup has occurred right under your noses.

It began in the 2009 election when the corrupt Western Tradition Partnership bought the council seats for The Baum Squad (Mayor Bryan Baum, Council Members Gabe Santos, Alex Sammoury and Katie Witt) with confidence that these four council members would do the bidding of the most radical elements of our society. Make no mistake that the money invested in the Longmont Leadership Committee for their trash campaign ran the gamut from locals who wanted to hide their political involvement to state, national and even evidence of international donations to Western Tradition Partnership.

If you didn’t see it coming, last night’s Baum Squad vote to abolish the Inclusionary Zoning Affordable Housing Program should make it impossible for you to roll over a go back to sleep. It’s time to take your community back from the robber barons who endorse the premise that “open for business” translates into “Longmont for sale to the lowest bidder.” Longmont belongs to YOU. Communities nationwide are losing their towns, cities and school districts by all manner of methods. Don’t let Longmont be one of the casualties to this regime change.

As a participant in the Affordable Housing Program and one who is extremely grateful for the opportunity that Longmont provided to me, I have been very outspoken on this latest issue. I spoke to council on April 5th and then twice last night (April 26th).

I defend this program not for myself because I have already used the program. I defend it for the many others who will need the program going forward.

Below is a transcript of what I said at Final Public Invited to be Heard. It’s time to tell it the way it really is, folks. Stand up and be counted.

I’ve been coming to these council meetings, almost every one of them, for nearly four years, and I cannot remember a time when I heard more B.S., buzzwords, spin doctoring, Tea Party/Republican talk and outright lies than I heard during the discussion of affordable housing tonight.

If the industry, the builders and developers are suffering, it’s not because of anything that we have done. It’s because of the financial industry. They played games. They came up with derivatives. Then they bet against themselves and came back with credit default swaps. Then they came crying to the taxpayers, “Oh my God, the sky is falling, the sky is falling.” And we bailed them out — with taxpayer money, so that they could get right back in the game and do it all one more time when the next bubble comes around.

What really happened here is that we have four members of city council who got together with their business buddies. Got the wish list from those same buddies. And they came back and started to redefine Longmont with principles that are to the right of Attila the Hun.

So I hope the four of you are very, very proud of yourselves tonight. Because I am very confident that there are a whole lot of people in this community who are saying, “What the hell is goin’ on with city council?!”

Thank you.

An Open Letter to Congressman Cory Gardner from Councilman Sean McCoy

Dear Congressman Cory Gardner,

Longmont City Councilman Sean McCoy

I am the Longmont City Council Member representing Ward 3. As the local elected official “on the ground,” I must tell you that I am very concerned and extremely disappointed with your recent voting record.

You framed your campaign and platform around job creation and fixing the economy for all economic households in your district and throughout the country. However, you have consistently wasted time, “One-upping,” your fellow freshmen congress members, over who can cut more from the budget and in the process hurt the most needy amongst our shared constituents.

Please remember your votes have a lasting effect on our community and its people.

Specifically, what do your following “Affirmative” votes have to do with job creation?
1. Prohibiting use of federal funds for Planned Parenthood,
2. Prohibiting Federal Funding of National Public Radio, and
3. Abolishing Federal Financing of Presidential Election Campaigns.

Why have you failed to work on jobs and opportunities for the communities that you represent?

Your votes appear to be promoting a social agenda and are unconnected to the goals of economic recovery. These are not the issues of the majority of our constituents. We (my constituents and I) expect you to stop playing political games with their lives and livelihoods as well as long-established community supported programs.

Your votes to terminate the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and reduce funding the Economic Development Initiative are particularly egregious and detrimental to the City of Longmont’s efforts to provide needed services and maintain employment in our community.

In short: “Grow up.” Place the genuine needs of our constituents ahead of ideologies that drive the small and radical segments of our district, ward and nation. Holding the government hostage by avoiding compromise is wrong.

I will remind you that on a global scale, the popular uprising in Egypt wasn’t just instigated because that country had a corrupt leader. Nor was it a case of too much government. The uprising occurred because Egypt had a corrupt leader combined with too little regulation to offset the predatory practices of out-of -control capitalism. In reflection, they had too little government to protect and support the people’s needs.

Pretending to fix the national condition by reducing budgets and breaking down government so it is so ineffective, inefficient and radically smaller isn’t a rational solution for most people. Furthermore, the “Tea Party’s,” irrational mantra of the untested economic theory of an unconditional “Free Market System,” doesn’t compute to rational thinkers in this world’s most successful societies where they know emphatically and correctly, that you don’t balance budgets on the backs of their societies’ most vulnerable members while giving overt advantages to the most wealthy of those same societies.

Shame on you, Cory Gardner. Stop being so radically out of touch with the Longmont community’s priorities. I/we expect you to lead with compassion and common sense and not follow the poor examples I see in you so far and in your closely politically aligned colleagues. It is inexcusable for you to be solely responsive to the deep pockets that helped pay to get you elected. Your behavior reflects a disturbingly high level of corruption.

Your votes suggest a larger personality flaw that indicates an inability to understand, empathize and support others by showing compassion to those that are less fortunate in our country.

Finally, I expect – no, I demand – that you to drop your support of these radical “Policy riders,” because they are emphatically not the values of this community. Your efforts to reduce government spending must consider all aspects of the budget, including the Entitlement of the “Military Budget.”

Thus far, your votes and decisions cause nothing but serious harm to the American people. Your actions are far from just or in the best interest of either my Ward 3 constituents or the constituency of the 4th Congressional District

Sincerely,

Sean P. McCoy
Longmont City Council Member Ward 3

Drive Green, Earn Green

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