In the Balance

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There were some e-mail complaints about some guests we have had lately. The consistent complaint is that the guests are full of hate and that therefore they should not be on the show. Frankly, I agree they are full of hate, but disagree about whether they should be on the show. I don't want to sugarcoat the stories that we report on and pretend the hate does not exist or that hate might not be a motive for a particular action. I want those who deny the hate to see and hear it for themselves and to make judgments for themselves. I find it responsible — not irresponsible — to tell it like it is. The fact that we tell it to you like it is — and present hate that truly exists — does not, of course mean we endorse it. It only means the hate exists. It is real. I don't think we should hide it. Hiding it guarantees we will never change it.

On Thursday night of last week we did our show out of our Chicago bureau because we had spent the day at the Lefkow (search) family home and could not get back to the East Coast in time for our show. As always, it was fun to see the staff in the bureau — and they have new "digs." They moved into a new bureau a few months ago and it was my first trip to see it. I have attached pics to the blog so that you can see the bureau, too. Click the link in the photo box above to see my photo essay.

What I love about the new Chicago bureau is the view — the bureau has a magnificent view of Chicago. Chicago is a beautiful city. I grew up 200 miles north of Chicago and know it can get cold and windy there, but it is a very vibrant and clean city. It is beautiful both during the day and at night.

The trip was not totally fun: The hotel desk gave my room number — or made it accessible — to someone who works there who then slipped a three page hand written (and signed) note under my door in the middle of the night. The note was, in my view, weird. Apparently this person recognized me and obtained my room number to place the handwritten note under the door. I don't want to give too many details, but you can be sure I won't stay at that hotel again. You would think that the front desk would keep guest room numbers secure to protect the safety and privacy of its guests — but it did not. The hotel, to put it gently, is not a very professional operation.

E-mail No. 1: This e-mail — and several that follow — relate to Tuesday's blog in which I mentioned that the Lunsford (search) dog did not bark at an intruder but barked nonstop while my producer was in the family home on Sunday.

After looking at the pictures from Tampa, I realized that the dog looked liked an overweight and older dachshund. I love these type dogs and have owned them in the past. My dogs, as they grew older and overweight, would get under covers and go into — what my vet called — deep penetrating sleep. They would literally sleep through doors slamming and car horns honking. Now, if they were awake... you couldn't stop the barking! Just thought I'd through this info into the 'thinking pool.'
Yvonne Renfro
Dallas, TX

E-mail No. 2

Having worked with and owned various dogs over the last 60 years, I would bet that no one stranger could enter clandestinely into a house that had a healthy dachshund in residence. In general, dachshunds are very alert to strangers and pretty vocal about announcing anyone coming into the house. I'd like to remind the sheriff that the following is as true today as it was in the nineteenth century: the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime. "'The dog did nothing in the nighttime. That was the curious incident,' remarked Sherlock Holmes." Sherlock Holmes speaking with Dr. Watson — by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

E-mail No. 3

Your response to E-mail No. 5 in your blog today was great! Couldn't give a better answer. I am bothered too, by the dog not barking the night Jessica disappeared. My cats are even in tune to "happenings" during the night and are alert to noises. Personally, I smell fish with the fact that the dog never barked... my hunch would tell me that if an animal does not react, they are very familiar with the person or the "intruder" has preoccupied them somehow. It just isn't right... I agree, with you and I like how you keep hanging on to that idea of the dog being quiet.
Look forward to your show this evening.

E-mail No. 4

Hi Greta,
I also have two dogs... I know how they act when someone is at the door. I wouldn't really need to have a doorbell cause the minute someone comes on the porch they know it. I have a Choc Lab and a Golden Retriever and you would think they were going to eat the mailman. They are the sweetest dogs and so gentle, but let someone come around that they are not use too and they let me know about it. This is what I don't understand with this Jessica Lunsford disappearance... that dog of hers should have cause some kind of barking UNLESS it knew the intruder. If it was indeed an intruder! I sincerely hope they find her. I just get the feeling that someone here is not telling the truth but I can't figure out who it is.
Always enjoy your show. Look forward to it every night.
An Ohio viewer

E-mail No. 5

I don't believe the story about the dog being under the covers asleep; therefore not being able to hear. If there were a stranger in the house, the dog would have detected and reacted by barking. If the dog did not react, then there was no stranger in the house.
Renee A. Sharper

E-mail No. 6

Regarding the non-barking dog at Jessica's home — I wonder how old the dog is. Our dog, in his old age, got quite deaf. At that time, if he had a "visual" of someone, he would bark. But if he was sleeping, he was not aroused by any noise. Just a thought.

E-mail No. 7

I agree with you completely about Jessica's dogs not barking. That should be a big red flag to police that it was a family member. I have a dog that won't bark when myself or my son come home, but she'll still dance around and make noise. But if anyone else is even in the yard, she'll bark and bark and my dog has cataracts and can barely see. Dogs mostly go by instinct, not sight or sound.
Diane Kelson

E-mail No. 8

I have a min-pin that barks at everything, including herself in the mirror, but once she's in bed and under the covers anyone can come in and she doesn't move, let alone bark.
It is possible the dog was asleep and did not hear anything.
Anderson, IN

E-mail No. 9

Keep up the good works. I watch you every night. I think you great. Your always fair with your guest no matter what their position is. As for the Lunsford dog not barking. I too have a dauchsand. When they bury themselves in for the night they're alseep for the night. Short story: When I got up in the middle of the night, I stumbled and fell into the TV, knocking it over, falling down with a thud. What a ruckus, the dog never woke or moved from his bed. Not a goop night watchdog. Greta, keep up the good work. You're the best.
Fort Davis, TX

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