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.
The Greenfield Common Council’s Legislative Committee meets Monday night at 6:30 at Greenfield City Hall to consider and possibly vote on a proposed ordinance by Alderman Linda Lubotsky to impose Franklin-like restrictions on where sex offenders can live or pass through.
The only sure "yes" vote is from the ordinance’s author, Lubotsky. One alderman on the committee has made it very clear he’s more worried about the released sex offenders and the other alderman hasn’t said one word in support of the ordinance but told me in no uncertain terms that just because she hasn’t said how she’s going to vote doesn’t mean she’s against the proposal……...... okay.
As a proud resident of Franklin with great respect for all that worked so hard to approve iron-clad ordinances that have withstood a court challenge, I say that if Greenfield doesn’t approve this ordinance, I won’t be as upset as if I was a Greenfield citizen. However, knowing that Franklin and Greendale have these laws on the books, I’d put my sympathy for the sex offenders on hold and listen to the citizens that have spoken in favor of this proposal.
No one ..........I'd like to repeat that....no one has testified against Lubotsky’s proposed ordinance.
It really is easy, and this is the truth. On one side you have the sex offenders who may strike again; on the other, you have innocent parents and their children. What side do you come down in favor of?
Greenfield residents, if you care about the health and welfare of your most precious citizens, your children, show up at Monday night’s meeting at Greenfield City Hall at 6:30 because there is one alderman and possibly two poised and ready to vote against you.
The Franklin Police Department does an outstanding job enforcing the city's sex offender ordinances. It also works hard around Halloween ensuring child safety. Franklin Police Chief Richard Oliva sent, in part, the following note to Franklin aldermen:
"Questions come up every year at this time about what the police department is going to do about the city’s Sex Offender Registrants during Trick or Treating. For the last 3 years I have had an initiative in place to ensure our children are safe from these individuals. As in the past, this year we are working with Probation and Parole to ensure that the registrants who are under Active Supervision are reminded that they are not allowed to have any contact with children, including giving out candy during Trick or Treat. It should be noted though, that of the current 17offenders, only 4 are on Active Supervision subject to Probation and Parole conditions of release. The other registrants are off supervision and have no conditions of release. Their only requirement is to keep their work, school, and residence information current with the State.
The police department will be closely monitoring ALL registrants living in the city during Trick or Treat hours. We will be watching for Conditions of Release compliance from those on Active Supervision, and watching ALL registrants for compliance with Ordinance 167, as it relates to Child Safety Zones.
You may share this information with your constituents if you’d like. If you do receive any inquiries from your constituents regarding this issue, please advise them to call the police department for any observed violation or suspicious activities from the city’s registered sex offenders."
Thank you very much, Chief Oliva, your officers, and Franklin aldermen for all you do to make Halloween safe in our fine city.
This is a very good thing.
Homes where sex offenders live in Maryland are required to post these signs on Halloween.
When trick or treaters and their parents see this.....
They know not to ring the doorbell.
The risk is too great.
This is a common sense measure that I have absolutely no problem with.
Maryland is not alone in preventing sex offenders from participating in Halloween activities. Sex offender sympathizers won't have a Happy Halloween in Delaware, New Jersey, Illinois, Virginia, Texas, and Wisconsin where registered sex offenders are banned from handing out candy, going to kids' parties, or being on the streets.
I love this. Can't you just feel this sex offender apologist turning purple, kicking and stomping his/her feet as he/she wrote into Governing.com a few years ago (also, note the award-winning spelling):
"This is rediculas!!!! Sex offenders have already done jail time, and in essance, they are being held to a curfew, this is jailing them again. They have served their time and the ones that are out need to be left alone!!!!! On halloween night, its the parents responsibility to keep their kids safe, meaning they should be with them and not letting them run wild in the streets. Maybe if parents took more responsibility for the actions of their children then sex offenders wouldn't get the chance to 'snatch up' their children. What about the ones that have been wrongfully convicted by a bitter, vengeful exwife.. "
Is it just me or does anyone else think that was written by a sex offender whose wife dumped him?
Yeh, my heart bleeds. Some creep can't hand out Three Musketeers and kids will be a lot safer as a result.
Those signs are great.
Neon flashing lights would be even better.
Despite their troubles, I still love the University of Wisconsin Band. Why? Most of these young, talented kids are worthy of our support and respect. I blogged the following in February 2007 before I made my annual visit to see the band perform at Oak Creek High School:
“The band is special. For decades, the highly-talented students have been proud ambassadors for the marvelous UW. The visit to Oak Creek is usually a rehearsal for the band’s sold out spring concerts at the Kohl Center.
These young Badgers can really play. But one of the reasons I like to attend this concert every year, and this will sound as corny as one of Band Director Michael) Leckrone’s jokes, is that seeing these terrific students restores my faith and confidence in our youth. The vast majority of our young people today are good, decent, hard-working individuals we can be proud of. The Wisconsin Badger Marching Band proves it.”
The fact is, we rarely hear about the accomplishments of our youth. A story in the newspaper, on radio or TV about a young person today will almost certainly be negative.
That’s why I love stories about real honest to goodness whippersnappers, like the Greenfield student/blogger I introduced to you recently.
Here’s another about an entrepreneur in New Hampshire who owns his own business, at the ripe old age of 15.