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Hype and Hysteria Doesn’t Help; It Hurts. (A Bit Of An Update.)

Here we are, early on the day the post Hype and Hysteria Doesn’t Help; It Hurts is posting and we decided to go back and check the Facebook page to see if anyone had any integrity to note that what was found / dug up was in fact not a mortar, not a mortar round, not a mortar shell, and not “unexploded ordnance.”

Responsible people admit mistakes.

As of this writing, not only is there no retraction, they have doubled down:

Let’s be clear: no “bombs” capable of exploding have been found.

To make this type of meme and accusation is bordering on irresponsible.

If you want to tackle and defeat a problem, the first thing that has to happen is facts and truth – not baseless hyperbole.




2 Responses to “Hype and Hysteria Doesn’t Help; It Hurts. (A Bit Of An Update.)”

  1. […] NOTE TWO: Please see the post below this one entitled Hype and Hysteria Doesn’t Help; It Hurts. (A Bit Of An Update.) for a bit of an […]

  2. Have done the records request and have confirmation that none of the several other devices found are capable of exploding? I would personally like to see you post this records request asap!

    Not only are we concerned for ordinances but also for chemicals buried in this area of South Patrick Shores. Reported barrels of 55 gallons of unspecified liquid, barrels of oil and hydraulic fluid, and likeness of DDT buried. Open pits with liquid and soil staining. In addition munitions are noted as being present in the dump. Since 1967 the area has had, higher than normal rates of cancer. Let me send you reports.

    People are afraid to address this because of property values I get that. But it doesn’t negate that these issues warrant being investigated.

    • AAfterwit says:

      Sandra Sullivan,

      Thank you for your comment.

      If as we proceed we will further requests to the Air Force or other agencies, we will advice people of the results.

      No one is doubting that you have concerns. The question is how to handle those concerns to make sure that people are dealing with facts and associated conclusions rather than unsubstantiated claims that only raise the level of anxiety and not address issues.

      Yes, people are concerned about property values but we have not seen anyone claim that the issues should not be investigated because of property values. We have seen and heard comments that of people saying investigations need to be fact based, but we are aware of no one who has claimed that any investigations should not be initiated or should be stopped because of property values. For you to make such statements is another case of hype and hysteria over reality.

      If you want to send us reports, we will gladly read them. Because of the elections and other issues, our plate is overflowing but we will get to them. BTW – we hope that you know that a higher rate of cancer in the area neither proves correlation or causation of what you are claiming.

      We here at Raised on Hoecakes thinks that the shotgun approach you have adopted in this is harmful in many ways. Instead of keeping a laser focus on certain issues, you have made what some would consider unreasonable “demands” and distracted citizens and public officials from the real issues that need attention.

      Thanks again for the comment.

      A. Afterwit.

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