Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend (You will note that on occasion, I do not endorse the opinions of the author and may point that out. Despite my disagreements, I still feel the piece is worth a read).
DC pols can't even cut 3%
"I am absolutely amazed that nobody has put any of the proposed 'fiscal cliff' spending reductions in the context of a simple percentage. We somehow get lost in the diatribe about the defense industry being devastated, how it will take years to receive a hip replacement, and that poor grandma may be forced to eat dog food. The fools of both political parties just can’t stop spending, which apparently is the only way to be elected in this socialist driven country."
Everybody crazy 'bout a gun-free zone
"Many are shouting, these days, 'Schools are no place for guns.' Even some police spokesmen say this. Yet strangely enough, when a police officer answers a call at a school, you'll never see that officer take off his sidearm and leave it locked in his car."
NEA vs NRA: one teacher's perspective
"I am proud to be a member of NEA. But when my union leaders pander to the unrealistic utopian fantasies so many people hold, it doesn't serve our profession well. More importantly, the focus on guns themselves distracts us from the real problem our country is facing: WHY are we producing so many people who want to kill innocent children?"
Laws are for little people, not David Gregory
"This is, declared NYU professor Jay Rosen, 'the dumbest media story of 2012.' Why? Because, as CNN’s Howard Kurtz breezily put it, everybody knows David Gregory wasn’t 'planning to commit any crimes.'
"So what? Neither are the overwhelming majority of his fellow high-capacity-magazine-owning Americans. Yet they’re expected to know, as they drive around visiting friends and family over Christmas, the various and contradictory gun laws in different jurisdictions."
Newtown a microcosm of government failure
"I have tried in vain to imagine my 7-year-old grandson, his defenseless classmates and their equally defenseless teacher being shot to death one by one while waiting 20 minutes for police to arrive. It is a scenario too terrible to conjure in my mind. To imagine local law enforcement personnel taking a full one-third of an hour to respond to such a monstrous event is infuriating. And yet, there it is.”
WI: The dreaded 'r' word topped the news in 2012
"Wisconsinites tired of elections and campaign ads probably will bid a welcome adieu to 2012, the year of seemingly endless political campaigns and elections. It’s easy to forget, however, in the shadow of all-consuming elections, everything else that happened this year."
School condom dispensers: Do they pass the test?
"I’m bowled over by the irony in all this. Supposedly, if religious materials are allowed within 500 yards of a school, the impressionable teens will be sucked into a life of cult membership. But if you place free condoms within easy reach of the 'good' kids and make premarital sex sound as school-sanctioned as pep rallies and fundraising carwashes, they’re not going to be the least little bit curious??? ('Sorry, voluptuous classmate, the only experimentation I’m interested in is my project demonstrating