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Let's Get To The Bottom Of This UFO Thing

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 10:34:17 -0500
Archived: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 10:34:17 -0500
Subject: Let's Get To The Bottom Of This UFO Thing

Source: The Charleston Daily Mail - Charleston, West Virginia, USA


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Monday November 19, 2007


Let's Get To The Bottom Of This UFO Thing
Dave Peyton

In the early winter of 1967, when Point Pleasant was abuzz with
stories of Mothman, I was covering UFO sightings in the same
general area.

What has been overlooked in the story of Mothman is the
associated scores of UFO sightings along the Ohio and Kanawha
rivers during the same approximate time folks were reporting
they saw a strange creature in and around Point Pleasant.

They called the newsroom at The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington
and usually began the conversation with "Listen, I know you'll
think I'm crazy, but I'm not. I'm a good Christian and I don't

Then they'd go on to describe lights they saw in the sky. Some
described objects that were triangular in shape and didn't move
like an airplane. They would hover, sometimes for minutes, and
then they'd take off at speeds no known aircraft could achieve.

They were UFOs.

And that was the topic of a conference last week at which
panelists from seven countries, including former pilots and
government officials, called on the U.S. government to re-open
an investigation into UFOs in light of continuing reports about
flying disks, glowing spheres and other strange sightings.

Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich was the butt of
jokes recently when he said he had seen a UFO. That's perhaps
one reason why not too many people admit it when they see
something unexplained in the sky.

They forget that former President Ronald Reagan and former
President Jimmy Carter are among those who have admitted they
have seen unexplained objects in the sky. And former Arizona
Gov. Fife Symington was among hundreds who saw huge lights cross
the sky near Phoenix in 1997.

Let's face it. Most of these UFOs can be explained. But as one
of the panelists at the conference said, about 5 percent of them
can't be explained.

"Especially after the attacks on 9/11, it is no longer
satisfactory to ignore radar returns ... which cannot be
associated with performances of existing aircraft and
helicopters," the panelists said in a statement released at a
news conference.

"It's a question of who you are going to believe: your lying
eyes or the government," said John Callahan, a former Federal
Aviation Administration investigator who said that in 1987, the
CIA tried to hush up the sighting of a huge lighted ball the
size of a jumbo jet in Alaska.

I've never seen a UFO, but that doesn't stop me from believing
the government needs to re-invigorate its investigations into
what normal, right-thinking people see every day in the skies
around the world. To simply ridicule those who see these strange
lights and craft does nothing but increase the public's angst

For the sake of all those people in Point Pleasant and vicinity
who saw that rash of strange lights in the sky 40 years ago, and
for the sake of everyone else who has seen a UFO, it's time for
the government to either come clean or look into what has become
an almost common phenomenon.


Peyton may be reached by e-mail at davepeyton.nul

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