Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Jeff Peckman's UFO-friendly Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission could be ready for blast off

Jeff Peckman, who spoke to Westword last week about a rash of recent UFO sightings, waited a long time to get his proposal for Denver to create an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission on the ballot -- but the time might finally be right for Initiative 300.

Because in this crazy Colorado election, an ET proposal seems positively down-to-earth.

At 11 a.m. today at Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Peckman will introduce some supporters of the measure -- among them Robert Salas, the retired Air Force captain who co-hosted the September 27 press conference in Washington, D.C., on UFOs at nuclear missile facilities; Stan Romanek, author of Messages -- the World's Most Documented Extraterrestrial Contact Story, whose controversial film of an alleged alien made headlines a few years ago, and... Veronica Barela?

The former Denver City Council candidate and longtime head of NEWSED is a believer.

"Absolutely," she says. "I have family members who have seen UFOs and other family members who have talked about abductions. To me, there's more life in the universe than just us humans on earth. And there's a huge U.S. government cover-up on this, too."

Barela is endorsing Initiative 300 -- and wouldn't turn down the change to serve on the commission. "If these commissions pop up, they're going to have to think twice about covering this up," she says. "I think Jeff Peckman is very brave to bring this up... Most people I know are voting for it."

To get additional information about the campaign, visit Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission. ET lovers, phone home.

More from our News archive: "UFO believer Jeff Peckman's letter to Barack Obama: 'Tear down this wall' of UFO secrecy."

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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