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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.

Delafield, be careful what you DON'T ask for

Because of the city of Franklin's courage, vision and leadership, other municipalities around the satte have considered and/or approved Franklin-like ordinances restricting where sex offenders can be or live. Some have thought it over and decided no. That, of course, is their prerogative. Each community must decide what is best for their neighborhoods.

Personally, I would hope more communities would take Franklin's lead. Delafield did not. Their city attorney said the idea of a restrictive ordinance sounds good on paper, but there are so many other issues to consider. He doesn't outline what they are so that they be formally and thoroughly addressed. Delafield aldermen nod their heads in agreement. Not a one offers a dissenting voice.

Hey, if that's what you want, Delafield. But you've just sent a loud and clear message to released sex offenders that as far as they're concerned, Delafield is open for business.

Franklin should thank it's lucky stars for City Attorney Jesse Wesolowski.

Here's a thought...stop hiring brain dead van drivers

Boy left in day care van overnight.....the same day another child left alone in van for an hour or two.

It is indefensible. There isn't an excuse in the world that can justify an adult in charge of a child's transportation leaving (I don't buy the "I forgot" routine) that child in the vehicle unattended for any amount of time.

My friend and colleague, state Senator Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee) is reintroducing his bill to require day care vans to be equipped with alarms.

It's not a bad idea per se, but I have a better one. How about day care centers hire drivers with enough brains and common sense to not leave any child alone ever. What a concept.

UPDATE: Make it stop! Make it stop! Make it stop!

In 2007, a Colorado judge gained fame for using Barry Manilow as a deterrent.

The judge continues to make national news….

And now, international news. His influence has reached across the world where New Zealand is attempting to calm the youthful masses.

I just wonder what kind of post BM stress syndrome this might cause for mall employees who would be forced to listen all day.

The truth about American teenagers you never hear

The vast majority of teenagers today does not cheat on exams, get high, rob, engage in sexting, or sleep around. In other words, most kids today are pretty darn good.

Problem is, studying, getting good grades, eating all your vegetables, and remaining abstinent doesn’t get you on the 10:00 news. Screwing up big time….now that will get you noticed.

During my speaking engagements at youth events, I often mention that the news media where I spent a great deal of my career is generally absent when there’s good news to report about our young folks. That’s just the way the business is.

Occasions like those I speak at are solid reminders that despite what we read in the papers or see on television, the majority of today’s youth are good, honest, decent, productive citizens and the future of our great country is in very good hands.

Some qualms, at least for me, remain. There’s the whole work ethic. And political astuteness.  And general knowledge about the basics of reading, writing and math. And being involved in their communities. And drugs. And sex.

But how bad are today’s teens? How morally bankrupt are they?

National radio talk show host and columnist Michael Medved shoots holes in the commonly held notion that today’s teens only care about and engage in three things: sex, sex, and more sex.

Armed with an arsenal of substantiated data, Medved makes the strong case that most of today’s teens are not promiscuous to the nth degree.  Medved lays out the supporting evidence, then the subsequent fact-based conclusions that are great news warranting front page coverage in every daily paper in the country:

“Journalists failed to mention the one most obvious and logical explanation for the rise in the pre-twenty birthrate: it reflected a sharp increase in fertility and childbearing for women of all ages, all races, and all economic situations. The general fertility rate hit its highest level since 1971 – showing a one year-increase among older women at least as notable as the rise among teenagers.

In other words, the rising number of teenage mothers connects with the rise of motherhood in general – and the dramatic decline in abortion.

In this context, the small increase in teenaged births doesn't demonstrate a breakdown of moral discipline among the young, but rather shows the society-wide improvement in attitudes toward human life and child-bearing. In every age group, women proved more eager to welcome babies and far more reluctant to terminate their pregnancies with abortion.”

I encourage you to take the time to read Medved’s column, as well as a New York Times article he refers to.

Medved writes about positive trends involving our youth who aren’t recognized enough for their positive lifestyles. Here’s hoping this good news continues.

Does Doyle want people to quit smoking or not?

From the Wisconsin State Journal:

" Gov. Jim Doyle proposes to raise $291 million more in taxes on smokers and tobacco users over the next two years, he is proposing to cut state help to programs that help smokers kick the habit by $1.8 million — on top of $2 million in cuts already being made this year."

Can't wait to hear the libs spin this one...

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