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.
It should also be noted that this exercise is a categorization. Most, if not all of these articles submitted to, or solicited by the Crossroads staff are well-written, thoughtful, and provocative. I enjoy reading them as I have every Sunday for as long as I can remember. This weekly compilation is an ideological scorecard, not a writing critique.
TODAY'S LIBERAL PIECES
Peter Blewett: School Board welcomes MPS review
“Blewett writes, “The (MPS) board will continue to examine every opportunity to become more efficient so that we can invest our dollars where they do the most good, in the classroom.”
Sorry, I don’t believe it. Not when he also states, “If Healthy Wisconsin, a proposal to provide affordable healthcare to all state residents, had been passed by the Legislature last year, it would have saved Milwaukee taxpayers, and MPS, millions of dollars.”
Anthony Pedriana: Science of reading deserves more notice
The author denies it, but much of this is a sob story about teachers.
TODAY’S CONSERVATIVE PIECES:
James A. Buchen: Change course to keep jobs here
NEITHER LIBERAL NOR CONSERVATIVE
David Petering And Carolyn Aita: Plenty of space for growth on east side campus and nearby
Jacquelyn Fredrick: UWM's innovators belong where science is happeningBruce C. Wilson: Heart Hospital, too late, is proved right
As I post every Sunday, here are the top five most popular of my blog entries from the previous week:
1) Photos of the Week (4//19/09)
2) It was bound to happen
3) Culinary no-no #108
4) Bartolotta's and Bradford Beach
5) ELVIS: 34, BEATLES: 33
Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend (You will note that on occasion, I do not endorse the opinions of the author and may point that out. Despite my disagreements, I still feel the piece is worth a read).
"Mark down the date. Tuesday, April 21, 2009, is the moment that any chance of a new era of bipartisan respect in Washington ended. By inviting the prosecution of Bush officials for their antiterror legal advice, President Obama has injected a poison into our politics that he and the country will live to regret"
The truths behind the tea parties
"So why did people rally across the country when they should have been planning how to spend their tax refunds? Because their true dismay is about the mushrooming of federal outlays, which the demonstrators regard as a future tax increase in the making. Which, of course, it is."
Media struggle to understand non-violent non-smelly protesters
"All those in the media had to do was read a few of the signs to 'get it.' The complaints were pretty straight forward: Stop the spending. Get out of our business. Let us keep more of the money we make. Stop the bailouts. For some reason such common sense concerns were beyond the comprehension of most of those reporting on the events."
Conservatives can learn from the other side to mount comeback
"Mark Block has a simple plan for getting conservatives back into power. Copy the liberals."
The top ten reasons conservatism is as dead as disco
"Conservatives are NEVER, EVER, EVER going to get back into power again."
The end of the world as we know it
"Call me crazy, but I’ll bet that in 15-20 years the planet will still be here along with most of the 'environment' — your flora and fauna, your polar bears and three-toed tree sloths and whatnot. But geopolitically we’re in for a hell of a ride, and the world we end up with is unlikely to be as congenial as most Americans have gotten used to."
Must we be a nation of haters? (Beloit Daily News)
"Online, a culture has developed which demands anonymity. Electronic audiences have grown expansively and brought their own values with them. Newspapers and other Web sites, trying to build the readership of the future, have struggled to find ways to mesh with that social framework. Some papers post every reader-generated comment immediately, without any identification requirement, and without a moderator. Others, like us, require would-be posters to register with the paper first, and our webmaster reviews comments before posting. We withhold some for reasons of taste, but try to be accommodating within the prevailing culture of the Internet. And, we know, lying takes place. The registration requirement doesn't mean people give us their real names before posting comments, anonymously, using just a created screen name.
I'm old school. It bothers me. I think people ought to stand up and be identified when they exercise that greatest of all American rights, the right to free speech and political participation. The Internet culture of ambush attack strikes me as more than a little un-American, blasting away from hiding. But go here, go there, go anywhere online, and it's what you will find."
KF comment: BRAVO!
"(Susan) Boyle is the Scottish singer who blew away the judges, the audience — and by the millions of YouTube hits — much of the world with her performance on the 'Britain’s Got Talent' television program. Susan Boyle’s performance is not the entire story, however. She’s had her magnificent voice since she was a young girl. We are the story because of our reaction to her."
"A new book says we're in a narcissism epidemic. Why you're not so special."
Should 'sexting' be decriminalized?
Point: "Really? That’s how we fix this? A boy in Texas is arrested on child pornography charges for simply having a racy photo on his phone."
Counterpoint: "It is flat-out wrong and dangerous, often with life-impacting consequences for those involved. Especially for the female subjects who are left with their reputation in tatters and future in doubt, while the teen male traffickers get off scot free."
Come visit. Live life. Eat cheese.
"Wisconsin has 'Live Like You Mean It,' which sounds less like an invitation to vacation than a self-improvement project."
Dear President Obama
"Letters from children offer advice to the president."
John Neville of FranklinNOW writes, “Franklin High School students are well advised to enjoy summer vacation. Because once they return to classes in September, the school day will be 14 minutes longer than it is now.”
He may have to alter his story in the future.
Legislation has been introduced in Madison to do away with the state law that prevents schools from starting class earlier than September 1.
So not only will students be spending more time in the classroom, they may be starting class sooner.
I prefer for the sake of business, commerce, and our tourism industry that we leave the law as is.
Besides, who wants to teach or go to school in sultry, steamy August?
No, I don't take credit for that headline.
It could only mean that it's Saturday.
And on Saturday, Doug Giles comes out to play:
"What in the heck is Perez doing judging gorgeous women anyway? You have your queens. Leave ours the hell alone. Shouldn't you be on the front row of the Idol finals shoutin' up Adam Lambert or something? Get a life, dude."
UPDATE: Some outlets that carry Giles' column have changed the original title.