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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.

I had no idea local school board member was a comedienne

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An update on one of the most evil women in America

I have been following the case of Lori Drew extensively here at This Just In…

Drew is one of the most evil women in America. Words fail to describe how despicable this woman truly is, posing as someone else on the Internet to try to manipulate a troubled young girl who eventually committed suicide.

Would anyone in their right mind do such a horrible thing? Go on the web, assume a false identity, carry on conversations with innocent people in an evil, sick, twisted, perverted manner?

Of course not. No one, as I said, in their right mind.

Here’s the background on the Lori Drew case.

She was scheduled to be sentenced recently, after a previous sentencing date was postponed.
The delay caused me to worry, and with good reason that the wrong judge would make the wrong ruling, and that’s exactly what happened.

In case you missed it over the holiday weekend, here’s the outrageous update.

I can only hope that Lori Drew and the many like her in the world, and they’re out there, folks, will get theirs someday.

Some final thoughts on the Franklin Little League

My blogs about a young pitching sensation left off the Franklin Little League All-Star team generated great interest. You could even use the term, “controversy” to describe the story as WTMJ’s Charlie Sykes referred to the issue as, “Franklingate.”

The Little League is an exceptional organization. In some form or fashion, I’ve been involved in youth sports since 1965, so I have a strong affection for the Little League and wish it the very best. One of the beauties of the sport is parental involvement. Unfortunately, that is also one of its drawbacks.

It’s a pretty good bet that those responsible for slighting 12-year old Devin Baehr by keeping him off the Franklin Little League All-Star team never dreamed the story would appear on a community blog and then be discussed by the most popular talk show host on Wisconsin’s most popular radio station.

One of Charlie Sykes’ callers was Franklin High School varsity baseball coach Jim Hughes who has complied over 700 career victories. Hughes told Sykes and his vast audience he had seen Devin Baehr pitch in person and that he truly deserved All-Star honors.

Hughes’ assessment is more than good enough for me.

For whatever reasons or rationale they used, the people responsible for snubbing Baehr flat out messed up. There’s something terribly wrong when the kids of various managers make the All-Star team while a deserving youngster like Baehr does not.

So now the story goes public, and because there’s no defense for what happened, the strategy becomes to use diversionary tactics, to change the subject and point fingers elsewhere, like the young boy’s father.

Some negative remarks are made on my blog, several untrue, but that’s the danger of a blog’s comments section.

A sidebar grows out of Devin Baehr's admission to me that he stopped playing Little League ball after learning he didn’t make the All-Star squad. When he and his father talked about it during my interview with them, I winced because I knew the young boy’s decision, backed by his father would lose him support. I never used the “Q” word in my original blog, but young Devin was eventually labeled a “quitter.” Mind you, we’re not talking about a spoiled professional ballplayer, we’re talking about a 12-year old.

I told Devin’s father that I would have preferred Devin hold his head high and continue playing to illustrate the big mistake that had been made. Devin’s departure doesn’t take away from the fact the young boy got a raw deal. His father tells me that even some of  Devin's closer friends have shunned him since the story broke, and that's unfortunate.}

There might be some good to come out of all of this.

Carl Baehr and
David Bartels, the president of the Franklin Little League Board of Directors worked out some differences they had expressed on my blog.

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Fuzzy Franklin School Board math

Did you catch some of the quotes made by Franklin School
Board President Dave Szychlinski tucked inside the FranklinNOW article about the board cancelling busing for private schools?

Szychlinski said, “Given the economy, we know that we can't go to the taxpayers and ask for an exorbitant increase in taxes."

I would have preferred that he said, “Given the economy, we know that we can't go to the taxpayers and ask for an increase in taxes." However, what he did say is absolutely right. The proposed school property tax levy is 3.8 %. That’s not exactly exorbitant, but during a recession and when the private sector is cutting salaries, benefits, and jobs, 3.8% could be considered too much.

Szychlinski also commented that the board hated to cut busing for private school students, then added, “But when a district is making cuts in its budget, we have to look at everything."

Making cuts in the budget?  Not so.

The Franklin School District plans to increase spending by $1,142,674 next year.

“We have to look at everything.” Oh, really?

In a classic case of a want vs. a need, at the last school board meeting, members approved spending $875,000 on a fiber optics cable purchase. That’s over three-quarters of a million bucks.

Szychlinski is talking the talk, and in the FranklinNOW piece made a few remarks that were right on the money, so to speak. Now it’s time to put those words into meaningful actions.

We can start by not claiming to make cuts when the budget increases spending by $1.14 million.

College football needs a playoff system

But not this way.

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