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Confessions

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.
May 29, 2012 2:06:30 PM PDT
So what would you do if someone "confessed" to murdering a child?

I dare say without doing a survey virtually all of us would not just file it in the back of our heads and not say something anything to someone, like a police officer.

Which makes it head-scratchingly impossible to understand what the family and friends of Pedro Hernandez were thinking for all these years, harboring his "confession" and jibber jabber about killing a little boy in New York City. We know now that he was talking about Etan Patz, the 6-year-old from SoHo whose disappearance freaked out the country and changed the way we deal with missing children, and how short a leash parents now attach to their kids. We don't know if he actually killed Etan, just that he told cops the details of the murder and confessed to it.

But if you're one of the many people who apparently were privy to Hernandez's boasts/confessions over the years, how in the world do you just sit on that information?

And the nonsense that he talked about in some sort of church group session and implying that somehow that doesn't count as motivation for good people to say something to cops well, it's just that, nonsense, masquerading as rationalization.

We'll have the latest on the murder investigation, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, a friend of mine gave me some great advice the first time I became a dad. He said try to always be happy at your job, not just for you, but for your kids. If your children see you unhappy at your job, he said, it sends them a terrible message about work and fulfillment on the job.

It's a great bit of wisdom, and I thought about it when I saw the new survey that shows that 60 percent of us are unhappy at work.

Tonight, we take a closer look at the survey, and offer some important advice about how to get back your spark and enjoy more of your work day. It's worth watching.

Speaking of work, we had a big announcement today at Eyewitness News. Kenny Plotnik, our news director for the past decade, and a leader and fixture in this newsroom for the past quarter of a century, is leaving, moving to another phase of his incredibly productive life and career.

Kenny bleeds Eyewitness News blue, 24/7. His stamp on this news organization is huge and long-lasting first as managing editor, where he re-defined the job, then as assistant news director, and, finally, as our boss. He's been a good boss and a good friend, all the while helping make this the number one station in the country.

We'll miss him. I'll miss him. And we wish him well in Act 3.

I'm just sayin'.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg with the severe weather moving through our area tonight, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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