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With some sense of pause, I post the pictures from FOX News' 10-year anniversary party. Click here to check out the pics. I say with some pause, because I am en route to Amish country to work on our special and it is a bit difficult for me to post pictures from a party while headed off to see a tragedy that can't be reduced to words. I assume you are like I am and that you can compartmentalize and you can enjoy the pictures and the success of FOX and simultaneously remember what is really important in life and how some suffer immensely. We never forget that. Yes, we had a great time at the party and we had reason to celebrate the success stemming from the hard work of so many for a decade, but now we are back to our purpose: to get you the news.

As noted, and by the time you receive this blog, we are "on the road" to Pennsylvania. The drive is about three hours so we will be out the door by 7 a.m. We have much planned to do today and of course we must drive the three hours back to Washington in time for our 10 p.m. show.

Because time is very short this morning, the blog is short — but there are lots of pics:

Now for some e-mails:

E-mail No. 1

Hi Greta,
I tried to e-mail "FOX & Friends," but could not find their e-mail site. Do you know where E.D. Hill has been? I watch every morning but I have not heard any mention of where she has been. Gretchen has been taking her place, she is OK, but I like E.D. and hope she’s not gone from the program.
Thanks for any info you may have.
P.S. By the way I was wondering about Jeff’s hair too, it looked really crazy last night. I also agreed with both of you on the kidnapping bride story. What a waste of time and taxpayers money.
FOX Fan in Ohio

ANSWER: Check out "FOX News Live" at 10:30 a.m. ET! E.D. has her own 90-minute show starting then! So, she has not gone anywhere… just gotten busier.

E-mail No. 2

Dear Greta,
I wanted to write to you for advise on where to send donations to the Amish community. Coatesville Savings Bank in Paradise, Pa., has an address posted on line that you can send donations to and then I heard today on FOX that is also accepting donations on behalf of the families and their needs. The MSS seems to be the leader of their faith. I want to make sure my donation reaches the families that are most affected by this horrible tragedy. Please let me know what your thoughts are.
The other attacks this week were bad enough but upon hearing of the Amish children shootings I felt compelled to call the high school my son attends. Would you believe that out of 3,000 families I was told that I was the only parent that called in regards to our schools security? I was told to call the school board. I have. My thoughts to you, Greta, are that this would be a perfect opportunity to voice to all America families to call their local schools/school boards and insist on something being done before we wake up to a shooter in our home town. You would be the perfect person to do just that.
Thank you for all you do,
Becky Ortiz

E-mail No. 3

Unfortunately I believe the time has come for us to lock doors everywhere. I work in my husband's law firm. It is a small office building in an ok neighborhood. However, when I am there alone, I lock the door. Why? Why not! I lock the doors at home all the time, why shouldn't I lock the doors on the office? I do have a can of spray (pepper) and a nice little Smith and Wesson in my desk. However, I don't want to be put in the position of having to use either on any human being. So I lock the doors. If someone is coming, I know when they're coming, I keep an eye on the door and then unlock it for them. In this day and age it is not paranoia — it is plain old street smarts! The schools should be locked too! Any police officer will tell you that most of these crimes are crimes of opportunity. Had the school doors been locked, that man may have been caught prior to the heinous act he committed.
Joann Reynolds,
Ft. Pierce, FL

E-mail No. 4

Hi Greta,
Listening to what the reverend just said about the Amish bishop speaking of how they must not think evil of the man who did this horrible act made me think of the movie "Witness." There is a beautiful scene in the movie, where, after catching the grandson with the police officers gun, the grandfather asks him if he would shoot another human. The grandson responds that he would only shoot a bad man, having witnessed a murder. The grandfather then gives him a lesson on how he cannot see into someone's heart to see what kind of person they are.
I think that we "English" may stand to learn much from these "Plain People." Thank you for the respect with which you and your colleagues have all treated this horrible story, Greta.
Lisa Martin
New York, NY

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