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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.

More trouble for the Wienermobile

First there was this...

An Oscar Meyer Wienermobile crashed into the home and outdoor deck of Nick Krupp in Racine, Wis. on Friday morning, July 17, 2009. According to a witness, the vehicle was parked in the driveway. The driver lurched the vehicle forward instead of backing out of the driveway, hitting Krupp's deck and cracking the foundation of his house. (AP Photo/Racine Journal Times, Tom McCauley)

This week, there's an effort to ban the famous the 50th state.


"I've never understood pity and self-pity as an emotion"

Last week I blogged about Angie Wenzel, a young woman who died of breast cancer at the age of 28.  I wrote:

“Over the past year to year-and-a-half, I have known about a dozen relatives, friends and acquaintances that have passed away. Most of them knew their time was coming to an end. Given the hand they were dealt, they could have spent their final days, weeks, or months feeling bitter, angry, confused, and frustrated. Instead, each and every one chose, with dignity, grace, and even style to use their last days productively.”

I am amazed and impressed at the phenomenal attitude by individuals who use their dying days working to help others.

Tomorrow, July 25, 2009 marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Randy Pausch,
the Carnegie Mellon professor who became famous for his, “Last Lecture.”

During his speech that millions have now seen, Pausch talks openly about his battle with pancreatic cancer.

"So in case there is anyone in the room who wandered in and didn't know my back story, my dad always said, 'If there is an elephant in the room, introduce him. If you look at my [CT] scan, there are approximately 10 tumors in my liver. The doctors told me I had three to six months of good health left. That was a month ago so you can do the math.”

Pausch told ABC’s Diane Swyer in an interview, “I've never understood pity and self-pity as an emotion. We have a finite amount of time. Whether short or long, it doesn't matter. Life is to be lived." 

Facing adversity, Pausch told Sawyer the idea is to work harder.

"You know, life is a gift. Again, it sounds trite, but if you wait long enough, other people will show you their good side. If there's anything I've learned that is absolutely true. Sometimes it takes a lot longer than you might like. But the onus is on you to keep the hope and keep waiting."

Here is Sawyer’s interview and Pausch’s “Last Lecture.”



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Friday night means InterCHANGE

Here are the topics the panel discusses on InterCHANGE Friday night at 6:30 on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10 with a repeat on Sunday morning at 11:00:

1 -- Obama & Health-Care Reform

Did the president do himself any good with Wednesday night’s press conference? Or with his many other appearances on the topic over the past couple of weeks? Will he get what he wants before Congress’s August recess?  Is the reform effort in trouble? If so, is it the Republicans who’ve stalled it, or members of the president’s own party? Should Obama be taking a more active role -- even dictating the details he wants to see -- or is he smart to let Congress hash it all out first? 

2 -- “Blowing Up” County Government?

Lee Holloway calls for eliminating the position of Milwaukee County Executive and replacing it with an “Administrator.” Scott Walker, meanwhile, says Holloway’s proposal doesn’t go far enough: Walker wants the County Board eliminated, too! Is this a serious effort at reform, or simply political tit-for-tat? Is there a reason Milwaukee needs a County Executive? A County Board? Do their responsibilities overlap? Should everybody just tone it down until the Public Policy Forum study comes out later this year?

3 – School Voucher Standards

Two interesting aspects to this week’s Journal Sentinel article on school vouchers. First, the number voucher programs approved falls dramatically, as tougher standards are applied. Two, the moving force for those higher standards is Howard Fuller, who used to be a strong advocate for much more limited standards.

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