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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.

Lower gas prices are bad: CBS

You can't make this stuff up.

Announcer whispers softly: "The password is....quota"

While filling in for Charlie Sykes in the 90’s when I was working at WTMJ, the topic was tickets issued by law enforcement.

A caller identifying himself as a sheriff’s deputy from an unnamed jurisdiction was adamant that officers had no quota system and that any such suggestion was ridiculous. A later caller who also identified himself as a sheriff’s deputy couldn’t contain his laughter, ridiculing the previous officer and asserting that, of course there are quota systems with deputies out on the roadways given clear instructions not to return without X amount of tickets issued.

One would expect any self-respecting chief or sheriff to deny quotas exist, even if the claim is met with side-busting guffaws. Monona Mayor Robb Kahl isn’t about to hide anything. He WANTS to add an additional police officer to go out and ticket, and ticket, and ticket, and ticket some more, with the extra officer paid for by the volume of additional speeding tickets,

Remember, times are tight. Responsible locla units of government may wnat to hold back on tax increases. So revenue has to come from somewhere.

This is a horrible misuse of manpower. Hizzoner ought to be ashamed of himself for his brazen attitude. And Monona motorists, please slow down. Make the mayor and the city budget appropriately.

From the state of WI to Franklin schools

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau is reporting that the Franklin Public School District will receive $17, 821,509 in general school aid from the state for 2008-09. According to numbers I could find, that’s about 2.6% increase from last year and amounts to just under $4600/student, and that’s not counting funding from city of Franklin taxpayers.

The increase in aid comes at a time when the state is not just broke, it’s in deep debt.

Still, there will be those in the public school intelligentsia who will whine and gnash their teeth that this isn’t good enough. And you know what? For them, it never will be.

How bad can it get in Tax Hell, USA?

In some communities, the value of homes went down, but property taxes went UP.

We are messed up.

It's November...NO GRILL FOR YOU!

Culinary no-no's

In Culinary no-no #86, I wrote that you shouldn’t stow away the charcoal grill just because summer is gone. Some places, you have no choice. It’s a case of you will not grill, or else.

I received an e-mail from a faithful reader who lives in the Timber Ridge apartments at 20th and Rawson in nearby Oak Creek.  He writes:

I had a grill on my apartment balcony from the time I moved-in in 2000 until last spring when the owners outlawed it.  I used it all year.  Last week I see a notice posted by the mailboxes.  They’ve decided that the BBQ season is over and no one can even store a grill on the property after today.  I understand a grill on a balcony could be a problem even if there hasn’t been a problem in the thirty or so years this place has existed.  What is the problem with someone having a grill outside a ground level apartment where it will be covered with snow for the next five months?  When I moved in we could have a charcoal grill on the balcony.  Now we can’t even have a grill out in the (large) yard in the winter.  It’s a mini nanny state. I really miss my grill.

I empathize and feel his frustration, and might juts have to extend an invitation the next time I roll out my Weber. One could argue that those are the rules and that if the occupant wants to live there, the occupant must obey. However, just because someone has the authority and power to establish a rule doesn’t necessarily mean the rule is good. The Timber Ridge policy is a bad policy.

Let them grill!

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