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Cast your vote here: Should the government prepare for UFOs?

December 3, 2009 | 11:54 am

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Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, summed it up this way: “It’s like saying you’re going to have a ballot initiative about the existence of Bigfoot."

He was referring to political news this week that is truly out of this world. Jeff Peckman, a UFO aficionado in Colorado, gathered enough signatures to put this pressing question before Denver voters next August: Should the city create an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission?

As our colleagues Ashley Powers and DeeDee Correll report:

If approved, the city panel would promote "harmonious, peaceful, mutually respectful and beneficial coexistence" between earthlings and extraterrestrials, in part by developing protocols for "diplomatic contact." Its seven members would include an expert in taking testimony from people who’ve survived "direct personal close encounters" with aliens.

Follow this link for the full report, complete with shameless "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" references. In the meantime, cast your own vote on whether you’d like officials in your hometown to prepare for E.T.

-- Steve Padilla

Photo: A 1957 photo of a supposed flying saucer found in the Hollywood Hills by importer Robert Balzer. Credit: Los Angeles Times  

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