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.
TODAY’S LIBERAL PIECES:
EVERY SUNDAY I REVIEW THE MOST COVETED EDITORIAL PAGES OF THE WEEK BY OPINION-MAKERS AS WELL AS THE MOST WIDELY-READ, THE SUNDAY “CROSSROADS” SECTION OF THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. I WILL KEEP TRACK OF THE CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL PIECES CONTRIBUTED BY NON-JOURNAL SENTINEL WRITERS AND KEEP A RUNNING SCORE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
'Water is worth fighting over'
While Waukesha thirsts for water, Miner opines that the city's request for Lake Michigan resources shouldn't be addressed too quickly, that there's no need to rush. Miner quotes a UWM scientist and Mark Twain. It might have been nice to hear what a Waukesha official or two might think about having to wait and wait and wait and wait and wait for water.
So much for the regional cooperation that city of MIlwaukee folk typically like to whine and moan about. This piece sounds like it comes right out of the Tom Barrett playbook.
Douglas Savage: Time to undo Bush's damage
The headline says it all about this Bush-bash column. ("The Obama administration must quickly and forcefully reverse and repudiate policies that have placed our country among the ranks of the world's major human rights violators in the eyes of many in the international community.")
Another View: Funds could help provide more teachers, services
Oink oink! MPS superintendent William Andrekopoulos is one of far too many local officials who can't wait to get his hands on stimulus money and spend, spend, spend. Shamefully, his guest view appears in the MJS just a few days after the very same paper reported, "Milwaukee Public Schools spends significantly more per student than comparable systems around the United States, but, by one measure, has some of the weakest academic results."
There's a shock. More money does not equal improved academic achievement.
It's no time to cut public investments
A gaggle of guest writers combine to criticize cuts in government spending:
"Some argue for reduced spending, falsely claiming that profligate public outlay is the cause of today's economic crisis. This analysis is wrong. Wisconsin has been careful in its overall taxing and spending."
Just what are they smoking? Of course, any piece that militant far lefty Michael Rosen has a hand in is going to be looney.
TODAY’S CONSERVATIVE PIECES:
Christian Schneider: Years of budgetary deceit catch up
Schneider acts a counterpoint to the Rosen, et al piece calling for more government spending. His analysis is right on:
"Over the past decade, in every year except one, Wisconsin government has spent more than it has collected in taxes."
NEITHER LIBERAL NOR CONSERVATIVE
Michael Brophy: Despite trouble, Midwest is still serving Milwaukee well
Finally, Howard Snyder who runs the Northwest Side Community Development Corporation offers many general ideas on how to build Milwaukee's future now: education, training, reform MPS, stop the "brain drain," reduce crime. I disagree with his view that politically correct lending did not lead to the housing crisis, but without more specifcs on how the city should be fixed, this one's a wash. Snyder's column is not online.
TODAY: Liberal-4, Conservative-1
YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-14, Conservative-8