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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.

Franklin loses a Sendik's

blogger John Michlig broke the news Monday that Sendik’s on Highway 100 would be closing and would re-open as a Pick ‘n’ Save.

Monday night, I contacted a relative of mine who works at a Pick ‘n’ Save to try to learn more. I was told Pick ‘n’ Save employees have heard the rumors for weeks that Sendik’s was going to close, but they had heard nothing about Pick ‘n’ Save taking over.

Very, very  early this morning, my relative called me to tell me a higher-up confirmed Pick ‘n’ Save was moving into the Sendik’s facility and that no Pick ‘n’ Save outlets in Franklin would close.

I am very surprised and saddened by this news.

I have patronized both Sendik’s stores in Franklin. I found them both to be of high quality. For many reasons, I found the Sendik’s experience at 51st and Rawson to be more pleasurable. I never dreamed the Sendik’s on Highway 100 would fold up, that it would always tough it out. That’s been the successful pattern of Sendik’s, a model for high quality and achievement. I respect the owners' decision to close.

So what happened?

Was the Sendik’s at Highway 100 too close to the one at 51st and Rawson? No, that’s a foolish theory.

Was the Sendik’s at 51st and Rawson so far superior to the one that is about to close? I don’t think so, though I could make a case as to why one had advantages over the other, including opening earlier.

Was it the economy?

Maybe. That’s an obvious, convenient answer.

The true answer is one that far too many just don’t understand. The market decided. It had nothing to do with the cuts of beef, pedestrian access (Gimme a break), ripples in the parking lot, or number of bike paths. The market (consumers) made its voice heard.

This is sad news. Sendik’s opened with great splash (I was there) and great promise. No other community had two Sendik’s stores.

Some will lose their jobs. Franklin loses a top-notch tenant.

However, there is no blight of an empty building for months to come. Pick ‘n’ Save ain’t chopped liver. Unlike some developments that never were, this property continues to operate and grow.

The owners of Pick ‘n’ Save are smart. Hopefully they will learn from what troubled Sendik’s.

A Pick ‘n’ Save insider says it would be wise to adopt a program where locals, i.e. the consumers across the street in that nice swanky subdivision, could call in their complete shopping orders for pick-up and have Pick ‘n’ Save comply.

Do it, Pick ‘n’ Save.

The fact is Franklin consumers still have top-shelf quality options to choose from. 

While we feel terrible about the loss of Sendik’s, we should feel good about the possibilities that await Franklin shoppers.

Thou shalt do what's right, after you are paid

Here’s a disturbing trend. It seems that in order for some folks to do what's appropriate that normally would be done subconsciously and matter-of-factly, there needs to be an incentive.

Almost two years ago, I blogged:

“It has come to this.

In order to entice citizens to do their duty, to do what’s morally right or appropriate, they need to be paid off.”

In an ideal world, all girls would know the perils of getting pregnant too young or out of wedlock. In today’s world, they need to have their palms greased.

A program in North Carolina pays girls not to get pregnant.

Sound commendable? Sounds sad to me. Is this what it takes?

Here’s more on
the program.

Sotomayor disappoints, Sowell does not

Thomas Sowell, quite simply, is a brilliant columnist. He rarely, if ever disappoints.

His latest piece opens with a powerful one-two punch of stark reality and a pointed question:

“For the fourth time in six cases, the Supreme Court of the United States has reversed a decision for which Judge Sonia Sotomayor voted on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. If this nominee were a white male, would this not raise questions about whether he should be elevated to a court that has found his previous decisions wrong two-thirds of the times when those decisions have been reviewed?”

Sowell writes that the nominee has not proven she belongs on the highest court in the land.

Great stuff, as usual.

Those Asians, they're just so dull

In a recent essay, Ward Connerly, president of the American Civil Rights Institute and a former Regent of the University of California writes:

“It is time to confront the not-so-subtle hand of discrimination against Asians that masquerades as ‘building diversity’ at many elite college campuses.”

Connerly relates the following anecdote:

“About five years ago, shortly before my term ended as a Regent of the University of California (UC), I was having a casual conversation with a very high-ranking UC administrator about a proposal that he was developing to increase ‘diversity’ at UC in a manner that would comply with the dictates of California's Constitution and the prohibition against race, gender and ethnic preferences.

As I listened to his proposal, I asked him why he considered it important to tinker with admissions instead of just letting the chips fall where they may. In an unguarded moment, he told me that unless the university took steps to ‘guide’ admissions decisions, UC would be dominated by Asians. When I asked, ‘What would be wrong with that?’ I got an answer that speaks volumes about the underlying philosophy at many universities with regard to Asian enrollment.

The UC administrator told me that Asians are ‘too dull - they study, study, study.’ He then said, ‘If you ever say I said this, I will have to deny it’."

You can read Connerly's essay, “Study, Study, Study- A Bad Career Move,” here.

Connerly calls the current concept of diversity that permeates university and college campuses, “arrogant.”

Conservative columnist Walter Williams calls liberals who profess to this arrogant diversity policy, “vicious” and points out the complete lack of diversity in professional and college basketball.

We have lost common sense when we fail to recognize and even penalize hard work and achievement and reward laziness. This is the accepted practice at too many places of higher learning.

An academic friend of mine told me he thinks young people today would be wise to go to a technical college and learn a profitable skill.  That way they would be saved from communicable leftist ideology.

And arrogant and vicious diversity.

Is it a miracle?

The last serious talk about a new saint circulated a few years ago with the name of Gwen Coniker.

Coniker is a great story. So is the one about Mary Ellen Heibl and Francis X. Seelos.

Read the
amazing details.

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