Last year, people flocked to the polls. This year, many won't even take time to fill out their mail-in ballot. While it's true that last year we were deciding on a leader for our country, who leads our cities is no less important. It's on the local level that citizens arguably have the greatest influence.
Jaws may have dropped in Boulder on Tuesday evening when it became clear that two county ballot issues most had believed would coast to easy wins had failed. Ballot Issue 1A, a sales tax extension for county open space, and Ballot Issue 1B, authorizing the county to issue $85 million in bonds for the successful ClimateSmart Loan Program, both failed by narrow margins.