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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.

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot

: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:  Cold, windy, damp. "D"

SUNDAY:  Another windy, cold day with falling temperatures. "D"

My wife, Jennifer, who normally writes the opening section of The Barking Lot, has the week off and will return next Saturday. She has entrusted me with doing the job (I’m not sure that’s the best way to put it when talking about a dog blog) so let’s get into it.

Suppose you suspect one of your teenagers is doing drugs. What would you do? What should you do? Let’s check what the experts suggest.

There are all kinds of tips and brochures available stressing steps that can be taken. Find out as much as you can. Tell your teen you’re wise to what’s happening.  Remain calm and express in clear terms how you feel about it and why you’re concerned.

Of course, you want to determine if, indeed, your teen is up to something. You could come right out and ask, but that would probably result in a quick denial.  You could make the teen take a drug test. You could search the teen’s room and belongings. You could interrogate friends. Or you could bring in a trained, drug-sniffing dog for $200/hour.

In New Jersey, concerned parents call the company, “Sniff Dogs,” that advertises discreet drug detection that is proactive and prudent:

Sniff Dogs is a confidential drug detection service for residential and commercial premises. Sniff Dogs are trained to locate the odor of drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, Xanax and ecstasy), so those with concerns about the presence of drugs can deal appropriately with the situation—whatever the findings.”

Why stop there? Why not hire a private investigator to tail your kid? Have the local police pay a visit to your house.

This is
a bit much. Whatever happened to parents exhibiting parenting? If a child starts to experiment, sitting down and talking face to face and then taking appropriate measures seems to be what a parent’s job is all about, along with proper supervision and monitoring activities and the kind of friends a son or daughter chooses.

Proper parenting should never be replaced, or lead to a family situation turned into a “Law and Order” episode. I’m sure those dogs do a terrific job of pinpointing any problems. But that’s Mom and Dad’s job, not some company’s.

Here's more on this issue from CNN  and ABC.

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Friday night on InterCHANGE

Here are the topics the panel, along with guest, state Senator Lena Taylor discusses on InterCHANGE Friday night at 6:30 on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10 with a repeat Sunday morning at 11:00:

1 – Presidential Race.

Let’s be realistic, and not optimistic or pessimistic.  Is the race over?  Are the polls all right, or all wrong?  What could happen that would turn the polls around?  Will this election signal a fundamental shift in American politics?  Will McCain pull a come from behind win like Truman did?  Are there really still undecided voters out there?  How can these polls change from day to day?  What is the biggest thing that Obama has done right?  What is the biggest thing that McCain has done wrong?

2 – MPS Taxes.

The Milwaukee School Board is expected to vote to set the MPS tax levy at the highest rate allowed by state law, 14.6 % higher than last year, and even higher than was requested when the superintendent submitted his proposed budget.  According to the Journal Sentinel, hundreds of people packed the board room earlier this week, and urged a committee to increase the tax levy to the maximum allowed by law.  Now this would be a different scenario than last year, when the public urged the board not to increase taxes by such a huge amount.  Why the change?  Does this board just not get it?  Did conservative talk radio not make it a big issue this year and not push for a big turnout of anti-tax increase folks?  Everyone knows that MPS has money problems.  Is this the way to address problems in the state funding formula?  In the midst of the greatest economic turmoil the country has seen since the Great Depression, is it responsible to request such an enormous tax levy increase?  Are the actions by board members the past few weeks just one big public relations effort to attract attention to the problems with MPS funding?  When talking about “quality of life” in Milwaukee, is MPS even a relevant factor any more?

3 – Brett Favre talks to the Detroit Lions.

Franklin alderman speaks, other cities listen

His phone rings often with calls from outside the 53132 zip code. On the other end of the line are other municipal officials. Sometimes there are questions, other times an invitation to come speak at a public meeting.

Franklin Alderman Steve Olson, as I have mentioned on WISN and blogged about here was one of the key architects of Franklin's restrictive sex offender ordinances. Dozens of other communities have followed suit, using Franklin as the model. Others considering similar laws look to Olson for advice and he's happy to oblige.

I've seen Olson appear before other elected counterparts. The alderman systematically provides information about what Franklin did, why and how. Though supportive of the concept of restrictive ordinances, Olson stops short of instructing what he believes each municipality should specifically do, urging other local officials to consider, instead, what is best for their communities. 

The latest is next-door Muskego. MuskegoNOW reports, "Olson said it is important for Muskego to set its goal in crafting an ordinance."  Olson told city officials, "Our goal is to protect the safety of our children. We tailored the ordinances to our community."

Prior to appearing before Muskego officials, Olson spoke at meetings of the Greenfield Common Council's Legislative Committee. The Committee chair moved a proposed ordinance to the full Greenfield Common Council without a committee vote.

Franklin's groundbreaking ordinances have withstood a court challenge, making Olson a hot commodity on the municipal lecture circuit.  Read about his Muskego appearance here.

Let's play Final Jeopardy!

Yes, it has been awhile, so it’s time once again for another This Just In edition of:


Are you ready?

Well then, let’s play!

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I'm voting Democrat

It's working its way around the Internet, and it's very good....

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