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Letter to the Editor
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

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In The Associated Press news story “Life beyond Earth just got more likely” (Nov. 5 and, I was taken aback by a comment from a co-author of a study that found there likely are billions of Earth-like planets: If we aren't alone, why is “there a deafening silence in our Milky Way galaxy from advanced civilizations?”

The story says the Milky Way has at least 8.8 billion Earth-like planets and more habitable planets than there are humans living on Earth. I find it amazing that mainstream media and science ignore the more than 10,000 UFO reports filed each year with organizations such as the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). NASA, SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and our Defense Department will concede that there has to be life in space but won't admit it is already here.

Every Roper or AOL poll that I have seen reports that 14 percent of Americans have seen a UFO and 3 percent believe they have been abducted by aliens. That amounts to millions of witnesses. In a recent Trib daily poll, six of seven respondents said they believe in UFOs.

MUFON has 75,000 UFO reports on file with pictures, radar, sonar and witness testimony. This is the same type of evidence that would hold up in a court of law.

I believe the more pertinent question is: Why won't our government disclose the truth regarding UFOs? Is it about acquiring the technology or is there a more sinister explanation to “their” motives on Earth?

John Ventre


The writer is Pennsylvania's MUFON state director.

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