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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.

Photos of the Week (2/15/09)

Photos of the Week

 APTOPIX Congress Stimulus

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., second from left, shares a laugh with, from left, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., and Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, during a news conference after the House passed the stimulus legislation. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)


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Franklin's sex offender ordinance has been a success


Franklin
alderman Steve Olson copied me on an e-mail he sent to members of the Franklin-based Citizens for a Safe Wisconsin. It reads:


In January of ’07, thanks in huge part to your efforts, the City passed a landmark ordinance restricting the locations that a convicted child sex offender could reside and visit.

Since that time the City of Franklin Police Department and City Attorney’s office have worked diligently in enforcing the terms of the ordinances.

Because of their efforts, the children of the city are safer today.

It’s important to note that this report shows only those offenders in violation of our ordinance.  Not listed is the offender who has returned to Franklin.  The offender was living in the city at the time of his offense and has subsequently returned to live here just as the ordinance has been designed.  ‘We’ll take our own, just don’t give us everyone else’s.’

I attached a copy of a report that I requested from the Chief for your information.  This is public information.  It documents the diligence of our law enforcement men and women and is testimony that such ordinances, when enforced, do work.

I continue to be grateful for your involvement and hard work for the benefit of the children of the state of Wisconsin.

Keep up the good work!

Thanks.

Steve”


Olson attached a February 2, 2009 letter from Police Chief Richard Oliva to Mayor Tom Taylor and members of the Franklin Common Council outlining 11 examples of the successes the city has seen in its enforcement of Chapter 167 of the Franklin City Code, one of Franklin’s restrictive sex offender ordinances, including the Steve Hanke case.

Oliva writes:

“The Franklin Police Department has devoted, and continues to devote, a significant amount of resources to ensure the city is safe from sex offenders. Enforcing the city’s sex offender residency ordinance is an exacting process. It takes constant monitoring and a steady commitment of time, personnel, and money to ensure the ordinance is effectively enforced. I intend to continue the active and thorough pursuit of violations and potential violations of Chapter 167 as long as resources permit.”

Congratulations to Chief Oliva, his department, the mayor and aldermen who worked on and approved the ordinances, and of course, my friends and colleagues at Citizens for a Safe Wisconsin.

The MJS Scorecard (2/8/09)

MJS Scorecard


EVERY SUNDAY I REVIEW  THE MOST COVETED EDITORIAL PAGES OF THE WEEK  BY OPINION-MAKERS AS WELL AS THE MOST WIDELY-READ, THE SUNDAY “CROSSROADS” SECTION OF THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. I WILL KEEP TRACK OF THE CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL PIECES CONTRIBUTED BY NON-JOURNAL SENTINEL WRITERS AND KEEP A RUNNING SCORE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.


TODAY’S LIBERAL PIECES:

None.


TODAY’S CONSERVATIVE PIECES:

Paul Ryan: 'Bad bank' simplest solution to crisis 

I will say this. For the longest time, if the Journal sentinel ran a Sunday column written by a conservative Republican, more often than not the paper wouldn’t let it stand alone without liberal rebuttal. Not so today. Hmmmm……


NEITHER LIBERAL NOR CONSERVATIVE

There are several thoughtful pieces today that do not blatantly fall into either category.

Rob Henken: Child care aim should be quality

Henken asserts that Wisconsin needs to stamp out the fraud in the taxpayer-funded Wisconsin Shares program (tough to dispute that view) and make significant investments in early childhood care. Short on specifics, Henken's piece arguably could be categorized as liberal for not spelling out how to eliminate fraud and invest mor ein early care without designating  a price tag. That being the case, his column is a wash when you consider:

Charity Eleson: Stop fraud, but keep this vital program

Eleson concentrates more on what precise measures need to be taken to eradicate fraud while at the same time echoing Henken's sentiments about the need to preserve Wisconsin Shares.

Tom Still: A lifeblood for state's economy

Still's writing often has a conservative flavor, but this piece trumpets the value of the Blood Research Institute at the Blood Center of Wisconsin.

Douglas Savage: Time to push human rights in Egypt

At the end of the column, Savage praises President Obama's line from the Inauguration that his administration will "reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals." That's a clear jab at the former Bush administration, but not enough to put this in the "L" column.

Lessons from Lincoln to a modern President

The MJS reprinted this column by the editor of Pittsburgh's daily newspaper. In my view, it would be a stretch to attempt to place an ideological label here, even though most newspaper editors are lefties. 


MJS SCORECARD:

TODAY: Liberal-0, Conservative-1

YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-10, Conservative-7

Congratulations, Marty Kaiser


That's quite an honor.

What you won't find in the Journal Sentinel Crossroads section today


The gushing, bragging, and falling all over itself about what a great newspaper it is that we've read the past few Sunday's.

UPDATE: My mistake. The self-congratulations are on Page Two of the main section

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