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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.

2008 Year-end edition of Week-ends

Week-ends


Every Saturday, I present Week-ends, a look back at the people and events that made news the past week.

With 2008 coming to a close, this is a special Year-end edition of Week-ends.



HERO OF THE YEAR


I could go the easy route a la Time Magazine and name Barack Obama. But he hasn’t done anything yet, and that includes his short tenure in the U.S. Senate and the Illinois Legislature. And quite frankly, the thought of an Obama presidency scares me.

Last year, I selected our brave men and women in the military all over the world. They are supreme heroes every minute of every day.

My choice this year is Sarah Palin and for one specific reason, not because she was the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee.

In the months before the election, I wrote two blogs that even if Sarah Palin should lose in her bid to be the next Vice President, society wins because Palin will have raised awareness about the blessing a Down syndrome baby can mean and the joy the baby can bring to a family.

Palin’s impact was reinforced by a column in this month’s edition of, “Voices,” written by registered nurse Nancy Valko of St. Louis, president of Missouri Nurses for Life, and a spokesperson for the National Association of Pro-Life Nurses. Valko writes, in part:

“I must admit that I had tears in my eyes when I saw Sarah Palin carry Trig with such obvious loving pride and also when I saw Trig’s 7 year old sister Piper lick her hand and smooth his hair during their mother’s acceptance speech. Liberal commentators might not acknowledge the beauty of such actions but apparently the average person does. The issue of “choice” fades when we see the smiles surrounding such a baby.
And what we parents of children with disabilities know but few liberal commentators apparently do is that this kind of acceptance and grace does not always come easily or automatically, although it usually does come eventually. This is why support is so necessary for families dealing with disability issues.

The common mainstream media stereotype of a prolifer is that of a rigid, unsmiling religious fanatic who doesn’t care about women and their lives. Sarah Palin has challenged that stereotype just by being a warm, loving mother herself who affirms life in all circumstances. Her courage in publicly living her principles has made her a target of the abortion industry but her extraordinary example has helped reshape and reinvigorate the public debate about abortion."


Here is Valko’s column, “The Sarah Palin Effect: The Power of a Mother's Example”



VILLAIN OF THE YEAR


Starbucks



QUOTES OF THE YEAR


In an election year, there are all kinds of gaffes and guffaws from members on each side of the aisle. I've narrowed my search down to some clips featuring the greatest, the most articulate, the brightest, most talented individual God ever put on this planet, the man who will singlehandedly fix every problem our country faces, our President-Elect, Barack Obama.



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Heroes of 2008: Michael Phelps


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Athletic.

Generous.

Heroes of 2008: Keela Carr


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She really supports our troops.

Coming up later on This Just In...


1) The Year-end edition of Week-ends

2) My pick for Photo of the Year

3) I conclude my series of The Top Ten Franklin Stories of 2008 with #1.

Thanks for checking in and Happy New Year!

Heroes of 2008: Andrew Symonds


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This cricket player had seen enough.


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