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Re: Report From Lumberton NJ Witness 07-30-11

From: Robert Powell <rpowell.nul>
Date: Tue, 09 Aug 2011 16:24:34 -0500
Archived: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 06:27:37 -0400
Subject: Re: Report From Lumberton NJ Witness 07-30-11

>From: Gerald O'Connell<goc.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2011 14:45:29 +0100
>Subject: Re: Report From Lumberton NJ Witness 07-30-11

>>From: Robert Powell<rpowell.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2011 08:37:45 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Report From Lumberton NJ Witness 07-30-11

>Just to clarify, Robert: you may think I'm being a trifle
>obstinate on this one, but I've grown slightly wary of 'lantern'
>explanations. Over the past couple of years there has been a
>tendency for some investigators and analysts to attribute the
>explanation to just about anything giving off an orange/yellow
>light. In most cases they have been right to do so, but
>sometimes there is a tendency to retro-fit witness accounts so
>that the explanation stands up. I hope you'll agree that, in
>general terms, it does no harm for an armchair observer like
>myself to ask a few awkward questions from time to time.

Gerald, I understand your concern about throwing sightings into
the "lantern basket". It is important to keep an open mind and
not automatically categorize a sighting without fully reviewing
it. On the other hand, it is also important to identify the most
important and well documented sightings and not spend undo time
on a sighting that has a probable cause. My comments are based
on over 80 personal interviews of witnesses. There are so many
sightings out there, but which are the most important? MUFON
gets an average of 15/day and I think NUFORC gets a similar
number. IMHO, a very good sighting only comes along every few

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