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.
When a priest starts talking politics from the pulpit, my uneasiness is brought on for several reasons:
1) Personally, I live it all week and don’t feel the need for it or want it on Sunday morning.
2) OK, what side is Father going to take?
3) Generally, the message, no matter how well-intentioned, is anything but interesting and is delivered poorly.
In all my years of attending Sunday Mass, I have never heard a priest tell me who to vote for. Wouldn’t do any good. I wouldn’t listen anyway.
When the subject of politics is broached, a member of the cloth takes a chance that he’ll alienate some parishioners and their pocketbooks. As a veteran usher, I’ve seen two subjects that have led people in the pews to get up, walk out, and never return: Moolah and politics.
Even though I get queasy, I firmly believe priests and ministers should be allowed to talk politics if they choose, despite a federal law prohibiting religious organizations and other non-profits that except tax-deductible donations from involvement in political campaigns.
Today, across the country, 33 ministers will walk up to the pulpit and endorse a candidate for President in defiance of the federal law. Pulpit Freedom Sunday hopes to draw attention to the need to change the law and the Internal Revenue Service is fully aware of this protest. The IRS says it “will monitor the situation and take action as appropriate.”
I’m not sure what that means. Will the IRS have agents attending services, ready to pounce when Father Joe says, “Vote for John McCain,” and put the cuffs on?
This is a freedom of speech issue. Let them speak.
Goodness knows other entities that receive tax money, and lots of it, are involved in political campaigns.
My wife and I saw them while dining last night at America's at the Wyndham hotel near the airport.
They were the ones inside the very nice restaurant with their Cub t-shirts, denim shorts, and sneakers, and their Cub hats firmly on top of their heads.
She’s a pretty young woman with blonde hair and a beautiful smile.
Her name is Angie. Angie has been married to a nearly lifelong friend of mine’s son for about a year and a half.
Earlier this month, Angie had a double mastectomy. Some lymph nodes were also removed. Her relatives and friends hoped and prayed the worst was over.
But Angie developed severe headaches, and when the pain got too intense, she went to the hospital where she got more gut-wrenching news. The cancer has spread and she’s now fighting a brain tumor.
Today in Chicago, more than $1 million was raised to combat breast cancer during a special run and walk. Milwaukee gets its turn to help fight this deadly disease Sunday.
Friday night at the high school football game I worked at, I spoke with an older gentleman who has been through several bypasses. We agreed that modern medicine has made tremendous strides. But there are two sides to that coin. Despite all the funding and generous donations and ongoing research, there remain unsolved questions that leave far too many people asking why? Why? Why me? Why now?
Life isn’t even close to being fair.
Angie is 28 years old.
UPDATE on 9/28/08: From today's USA WEEKEND, scroll down to read, Better way to detect breast cancer.
Year in and year out, the Big Ten Conference proves how the so-called experts overestimate its football strength, especially when the bowl games roll around.
Ohio State was supposed to be untouchable. They go to LA and get thrashed by USC. Then USC lays an egg against lowly Oregon State.
Notre Dame, not the best team that’s ever come out of South Bend, annihilates Michigan. Michigan rallies from a 19-0 deficit today to beat previously unbeaten Wisconsin.
Today, I heard more than a handful of national sportscasters rave about Penn State. We’ll see.
UPDATE on 9/28/08: The latest polls