Lunatic fringe candidates for Boulder City Council, and more

A LITTLE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY, A LITTLE LESS ENABLING

By Max R. Weller

Copied below is my letter-to-the-editor of the Daily Camera:

Dear Editor,

It’s a very safe prediction that incumbent Boulder City Council members who have chosen to seek re-election will succeed in their quest in 2015, just as they nearly always have in the past. I believe that the presence of “fringe” candidates on the ballot makes this almost a certainty for two reasons: 1) They discourage “mainstream” candidates who have never served in either an appointive or an elective position from running in the first place; and 2) the more newcomers are running the more the opposition vote gets divided — a tremendous boon to incumbents, each of whom has a loyal following. Of course, those who are out there on the fringe would disagree with my assessment.

No wonder that these off-year, at-large elections for city council (and not for mayor) are greeted with a yawn by most Boulderites.

Max R. Weller

4869 N. Broadway

Boulder, CO 80304

(303) 442-4646

Cha Cha Spinrad, just one of the unwitting supporters of the political status quo on Boulder City Council.

Read James Holmes sentenced to life in prison in the Aurora theater shooting from the Denver Post. This guy might live for another 50 years — and as long as he lives he’ll continue to be a threat to the safety of EVERYONE he comes into contact with, including other inmates, prison staff, and visitors. Is the risk worth it, just so a couple of squeamish jurors don’t have to live with the decision to execute a convicted mass murderer? Better to have a public hanging in a venue large enough to accommodate the thousands who would want to see justice done, but it won’t happen in this case or any other.

I feel better physically this morning than I have in quite a while, but there’s no particular reason for it.

After a couple of years, I’m finally finishing up the late Stieg Larsson’s trilogy by reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Easily the best crime novels I’ve ever read, and the setting in Sweden is a big part of that for me.

That’s all for now, folks.

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