Road to Reno

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Please e-mail me the answers to these questions: Are you right now undecided about how to vote? If so, what do you need to make that decision? And, what party did you vote for the last time you voted?

To show you that I am multi-talented and not a "one-trick pony," and to give you the "behind the scenes" of our show — as promised — and thus information about what even I do, if anyone wants to know how to get from Washington, D.C., to Reno, Nevada, contact me. I am now the expert. Yesterday I spent about two hours online trying to find a flight — actually a series of flights, since you can't fly non-stop from D.C. to Reno — that gets me from Washington, D.C., to Reno by a particular time on Friday. And, of course, that flight, or series of flights, must also be such that I can do our live show at 10 p.m. ET tonight and the show from Reno at 10 p.m. ET on Friday night. One other small detail: The flight must have a seat to buy and not be full.

I think I now know all the options… or lack thereof. I checked the airlines that you know and I checked the airlines whose names you've probably never heard of (or at least I had never heard of before I started my research.) So far, I have not had any really good luck — other than one very inhumane flight that leaves about 6:30 a.m. — much, much too early since I get in so late from the show and I am a good distance from the airport. I am going to go back to the Internet today. For some twisted reason I think if I turn off my computer and let it sit for eight hours that when I turn it back on the airlines will have adjusted their schedules to meet my needs.

And, if you are asking me why I am doing this rather than FOX Travel, it is because I have a thing about flying geographically incorrect — I don't want to fly to Reno via Dallas or Atlanta, etc., and sometimes if I am not vigilant, I can end up on a flight that is geographically incorrect. (Once, not at FOX, I was given a ticket for a flight from D.C. to Florida with a change of planes in Newark, New Jersey. Yes, Newark. I didn't realize the geography problem until I got to the airport and looked at my ticket for the first time. I was not particularly happy.) It isn't that FOX Travel is not good, but rather that — understandably — their level of interest in my flight plan is not as great as my own.

While I am on the topic of airlines, what do you think of the missing scientist story? He supposedly flew from Canada to Salt Lake City to Hawaii, but Delta says he did not use his boarding pass on the last flight to Hawaii and thus was not on that flight. The woman in the seat next to his assigned seat on the flight from Utah-Hawaii flight says he was there. Could he have boarded that flight and Delta be mistaken? (As an aside — and I am not passing judgment on this one yet — "mistaken" can sometimes be a nice word for "incompetent.")

Now for some e-mails:

E-mail No. 1

Dear Greta,
Love your show. I'm writing about Rosemary who is trying to have magazines moved to a proper place at the check outs and shelves. I also have complained to local establishments about where they choose to display some of these magazines. I have no problem that they sell them. I think every 30 something woman has read Cosmo at one time or another. However, these covers are not appropriate for little eyes. Prime time television and advertising should be addressed next.
I was wondering if there was a way to contact Rosemary. I would love to get information on the cause and join the fight.
Thanks for reporting on this. Greta, you should consider doing a show on what the worries are of American women (all ages). I think you would do a great job at bringing out the real concerns of American women Republican or Democrat.
Keep up the great work,
Sharlene Dewitz
Orlando, FL

E-mail No. 2

Hi Greta,
My vote would not be influenced by any one single issue other than taxes. My grandmother had the crippling form of Parkinson's. For 10 years she was literally a prisoner in her own body. She could not even swat a fly circling around her face. It was a slow and painful disease to watch. Her mind worked but her body did not. That is the hardest part to watch. She ultimately died of pneumonia.
Having said that, my strong Catholic upbringing causes me to struggle with the issue of embryonic stem cell research. I really have a problem with it because I do believe life begins at conception. Do we really want to sacrifice one "life" for the benefit of another?
I am such a moderate Republican on most issues but I still struggle to wrap my arms around this one. I guess I am still leaning toward not allowing federal funding for it. Many states including Connecticut already have money in their budgets for stem cell research. We have to proceed really cautiously in this area.
As far as amnesia, the best test for it is a polygraph. If he truly didn't know who he was, he would pass the test. If he was faking, he would fail. Simple solution, end of story!
Best regards,
Avon, CT

E-mail No. 3

I really don't know how I feel about the stem cell research controversy and that is very hard for me, because my husband has had Parkinson's since the age of 42. He is now 56! He is in the last stages of the disease and I feel that even if they came up with a cure today with the research it would not help my husband or Michael J. Fox.
I think we need to really study the issue as much as possible, explore all the options available, and pay attention to all the research that has been done to date. I felt so bad for Michael J. Fox today. The disease is devastating in every way. My husband takes over 1,000 pills a month. He cannot speak and falls all the time. I am not sure if Michael J. took his medicine or not before he filmed the campaign ad, but if he didn't it was probably a good thing for people to witness his condition who may not have had previous knowledge about the disease. I am sure it was very difficult for him to do that.
I feel Michael J. is using his celebrity in a positive way! I can't think of a better spokesperson for the disease. Many people may not agree with what he has done in the last couple of days. That is ok, but we do need to show him respect and most of all our compassion.
Thanks for reading!
Jonesboro, AR

E-mail No. 4

Greta, the government is doing nanotechnology research at Los Alamos which isn't that far from Salt Lake City. The government has the power to cover the trails of anyone they might hire. Perfected nanotechnology would have a greater impact on the future than atomic energy.
Jim Parker
Brandon, FL

E-mail No. 5

Maybe you can explain why you travel so much. All we see is a different background on your show. I don't see the point in all the travel. Just say NO!

ANSWER: Donna, when I travel I do more than just the show. All day long we go out and investigate, gather facts, meet people, etc., and we can't always make it back to D.C. for the show, so we have to do the show on the remote location. This week I am headed to Reno to work on a special unrelated to "On the Record," but I still have to do "On the Record" at 10 p.m. ET. Hence I work all day on the special, then take time to prepare for "On the Record" and then do the show. I can't get back to D.C. from Reno. There is much more that goes on behind the scenes than just doing our show or simply showing up for the show. Yes, on occasion I like to take advantage of the beautiful city of Washington, D.C., and simply give you a backdrop (White House), but not often — only when it seems relevant to the story (a big presidential speech, etc.) In these instances I just go a few blocks, but it is worth it — Washington is gorgeous in some parts.

E-mail No. 6

I have found it almost impossible to e-mail Greta. At one time on your Web site it was easy. You will not have to answer the hard questions as long as you can not be contacted. You have learned from our commander George W. Bush.
Carl Welty

ANSWER: Well, not sure why you are having such a hard time, but you have obviously figured it out — but neglected to pose that "hard question."

E-mail No. 7

I still think you should apologize to all Mexicans whether legally here or not for suggesting the illegal ones are nothing greater than DUI hit and run drivers. You didn't say it directly but you certainly implied it in your piece. Again may I remind you, we (I repeat we) allow them to clean our homes, prepare our meals and work in low paying construction jobs as opposed to decent wage ones. They are human beings; show some respect.
Cameron McCleery

ANSWER: First, Cameron, what you write I "implied" is what YOU read into the segment... and another way to say it is that it is your imagination. Sticking me with your imagination is hardly fair. Perhaps you should stick to what was SAID, and not what you THINK was SAID or MEANT. Second, if you listened carefully or read Monday's blog, you will see that my disdain is directed at those who let a three-time — now four-time — drunk driver drive a car and for the company that hired him and gave him a company vehicle. I am likewise disgusted with our government for failing us — he was legally deported (with all the procedural rights) and then slipped back into our country within a couple months over what is obviously a porous border. Thirdly, I don't have any illegal immigrants working for me... maybe you do. I do not because it is against the law. Fourth, maybe you should talk to the mother of the dead child who was killed by this man.

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