Is Denver Ready for an ET Commission?

October 29 2010, 3:00 PM

With "personhood" and "the ugly three" on the ballot this year, Denver's Initiative 300 has been relegated to the mainstream background. The initiative would create an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission to "ensure the health, safety, and cultural awareness of Denver residents" regarding any contact "with extraterrestrial intelligent beings or their vehicles." The man behind the initiative, Jeff Peckman, a silver-haired entrepreneur who lives with his parents, faces perhaps his biggest opposition from Bryan Bonner, a ghost-chaser with the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society, who sees the measure as harmful to science and the city's reputation, writes The Wall Street Journal.

Even though the initiative wouldn't cost taxpayers any money, astrobiologist David Grinspoon is also among its opponents. He writes in The Denver Post that voters are "being asked to require that their city government endorse a massive conspiracy theory about extraterrestrials who come right out of a movie set."

Nevertheless, Westword writes, "in this crazy Colorado election, an ET proposal seems positively down-to-earth." Indeed, the concept is alluring—and not just in Denver. Michael Luckman, who wrote a book entitled Alien Rock, wants to create a similar commission in New York. "New York is the media capital of the world," Luckman tells AOL News. "UFOs don't visit that often, but there have been some extraordinary sightings."