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.
1 – POPE.
Sixty million Catholic Americans are watching with interest the first visit to the United States in years by a pope. Have you been impressed with anything said so far by Pope Benedict? Has he inspired anybody? Has he adequately addressed the problem of pedophile priests, or as one critic said has it been “all talk and no action.” Is the Catholic Church in America still as strong as it used to be? Will a church that continues to prohibit married men and women from ordination be doomed in this day and age?
2 – MPS BUSSING.
Decades ago, when the courts forced Milwaukee and it’s suburbs to integrate public schools, the argument was that African-American kids were stranded in central city schools and that white kids in the outer city and suburbs were getting a better education. So forced bussing was put into place, which drove white families out of the city, ruined neighborhood schools, and helped create what is now a nearly all black Milwaukee Public School system. Now, some are saying Milwaukee should do away with busing, which next year is expected to cost the district nearly sixty-million dollars, and instead use that money to improve conditions in the classroom and bring back more neighborhood schools. Does that seem like a good idea? Would it improve schools? An MPS school board committee will discuss the matter next week.
3 – THE ECONOMY.
With gas moving towards four dollars a gallon, are you starting to worry about how much you drive, and how high the price will eventually go? Yesterday, Midwest airlines announced it will be cutting flights and laying people off. Today, Harley-Davidson announced it would be laying off both hourly and salaried workers.
The mortgage crisis is leading to a record numbe4r of foreclosures and bankruptcies. Are you worried about how economic conditions will affect you and your family yet? Are you worried about how it will affect Milwaukee? Is this just another blip on the economic screen, or are things getting much worse than many expected?