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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on Aug. 16, 2008, in response to the Camera’s question: This fall, voters in Boulder will be able to decide whether to change the city’s charter to remove the requirement that applicants to serve on city boards and commissions be “registered electors” — that is, U.S. citizens. Instead, applicants would only need to be 18 years old and have lived in the city for a year to be eligible to be appointed by the City Council to boards and commissions. The county allows non-citizens who are residents serve on county boards and commissions.

The Boulder City Council’s ballot initiative has no common sense. Foreign-born Boulder residents over 18 who are not “registered electors” are not the city’s great, new, untapped resource for its boards and commissions. If the council truly seeks diversity, it need look no farther than to its neighbors outside Boulder’s borders. They certainly have a stake in some matters, including open space and agreements with the Boulder Valley School District and other matters.

Decisions made in Boulder often affect its neighbors. One reason is the people move east when Boulder becomes unfriendly to or too expensive for young families. Since the council feels inclusive toward illegal aliens, felons and the like, I cannot imagine what it would have against opening its doors of participation to its law-abiding citizen neighbors to the east.

*This title was not part of the Camera publication.

Source: Daily Camera

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