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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 young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Putting them out of their misery

Lori Roman blogs a heartbreaking story that demonstrates the culture of life, sadly, continues to fade in America. It has become much too easy as a society to shun and look away from the sick instead of offering our heartfelt support. We choose simply not to deal with someone else’s problems. It’s just better that way for all involved. When it comes to the sanctity of life, our country is headed in the wrong direction.

Roman writes:

“I recommend that you seriously consider a ‘do not resuscitate’ order, said the seemingly nice man in the white coat. ‘He has had a good long life, but he has diminishing quality of life. If, for instance, he has an infection or illness we could just provide comfort care for him.’ 

This was my first introduction to government controlled ‘health care’.  The man he was suggesting unworthy of penicillin or CPR was my happy, loving father—a man who lit up the room with his smile and kind words, despite his dementia.  A man who served his country in WWII and lived an honorable life. A man who was otherwise healthy and active.”

You can read the entire blog here.

I blogged about Do Not Resuscitate orders in December 2007, one of the most controversial topics I’ve ever addressed.



Should smoking be banned at Summerfest and the ethnic festivals?

Of course, the answer is no. However, using the logic of the anti-smoking zealots, shouldn’t a ban be enforced at lakefront festivals?

Isn’t one of their first whines that they don’t want to be around smoke or smokers?

But Summerfest is outside.

I don’t want to be standing in a food line next to that stuff.

But Festa Italiana is outside.

I can’t stand sitting next to a smoker while I’m trying to enjoy a band.

And why should I have to walk past those stinky cigar booths?

But German Fest, Irish Fest, Fiesta Mexicana, they’re all outside.

That shouldn’t matter to the selfish anti-smoking crowd. Quite frankly, I’m surprised, as silly as this is, that such a notion hasn’t been proposed.  Watch out. With a statewide smoking ban set to go into motion next July 1, new targets are bound to surface. The anti-smoking (and smokers) movement isn’t about to rest.  

Franklin's budget woes

Last month, Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor told City Department Heads and members of the Franklin Common Council the city faces a $1.8 million revenue shortfall for 2009. That’s only half of the bad news.

Franklin also will confront a $1.4 million revenue shortfall in 2010. I fear the shortfall could grow even larger.

The Common Council’s Finance Committee meets tonight and hopefully will address solutions to these major problems. There needs to be a sense of urgency.

City of Milwaukee taxpayers about to get fleeced

Milwaukee aldermen are poised to approve the following increases:

Snow-and-ice fee: 24%

Parking meters outside the downtown area: 50%

Water rates: 28.5%

The Journal Sentinel reports several fees are going up.

Remember folks,  fee is just another word for tax.

Hank Aaron goes 2 for 2

Pete Rose belongs in baseball’s Hall of Fame. Hank Aaron says so and I agree.

Rose has more hits than anyone in baseball history. But he gambled on baseball games and denied it for a long time. So while the hallowed Hall is filled with boozers, womanizers, and other assorted characters, Rose has been blackballed.

Back in the 60’s, Packer great Paul Hornung and Detroit’s Alex Karras were both suspended for a year by the NFL for gambling. They were both reinstated and are now in the NFL Hall of Fame. O.J. Simpson murdered two people and he’s in there.

Back to baseball, Commissioner Bud Selig’s strong affection and respect for the predecessor who banned Rose is a strong factor in Rose’s current Hall of Fame non-status. Would Selig at least reconsider, since Aaron is also a close friend? He should in my book.

Aaron also believes asterisks should be placed next to the names of Hall of Famers who used performance enhancing drugs. Better yet, don’t let cheaters in.

Here’s the story.

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