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.
Last night, Jennifer and I dined at the best restaurant in Franklin, Casa di Giorgio.
Jennifer noticed that our water glasses were missing the usual slice of lemon.
No big deal.
Not a complaint.
Just an observation.
The rising cost of food is forcing restaurants to cut back rather than raise prices.
My culinary no-no #37 that spoke out against smoking bans and their negative economic impact linked to an article by the Journal/Sentinel about how restaurants are coping with the increase in food prices.
If you missed it, it’s worth a look.
Certainly, the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel’s readers are a lot more insightful than the bunch writing the paper’s editorials.
Last week, the Journal/Sentinel editorialized (AGAIN) about how awful a photo ID requirement is for voters.
The paper heard about it, and today has printed some of the responses from readers, responses the Editorial Board should pay more attention to:
Your OpinionsFrom Journal Sentinel readers
Posted: May 3, 2008
Keep an eye on votersThe Journal Sentinel Editorial Board says voting should be easy? ("Voting should be easy," April 29) The vast majority of people say voting should be honest. If voter ID legislation prevents one miscast vote, it is worth the effort. The integrity of the electoral process should be the primary concern.
What's more important: voting or treating a cold?Gov. Jim Doyle claims "there is no reason to impose a photo ID requirement that would do nothing but disenfranchise tens of thousands of voters in Wisconsin, from the elderly to the poor to minorities" ("Voter ID ruled legal, but state law on hold," April 29).
The people of Wisconsin should challenge Doyle's numbers. Maybe he's counting all the tens of thousands of people who are ill because they can no longer buy common cold remedies without a photo ID.
To follow Doyle's logic, keeping simple cold medications from people is more important than ensuring honest elections.
Amy L. Geiger-Hemmer
Don't promote voter fraudWhat appears on the surface to be an altruistic attempt at accommodating disenfranchised voters who are on the periphery of society is nothing more than an attempt by Democrats to benefit from voter fraud. Though my mind tells me I may be about to commit inductive suicide, my gut tells me that the Democratic Party is more likely to benefit from those in society who would commit voter fraud.
I worked for the Chicago Board of Elections in the early '80s while attending college, and I helped unload filled, sealed ballot boxes on election night into the dark recesses of an abandoned warehouse. It would not surprise me one bit to find out that we were actually squirreling away ballots from heavily black and Hispanic precincts in order to turn the tide for the Daley machine.
Voter fraud can affect us all, whether committed by one party against another or within the same party. It also erodes the confidence of law-abiding citizens in the democratic process and nullifies the principle of one person, one vote. Gov. Jim Doyle, the Democratic Party and the Journal Sentinel should be ashamed of their self-serving stance on voter ID.
Gary S. McCammon
I see the Editorial Board feels many elderly are simply incompetent and have no clue how to get a photo ID ("Voting should be easy," April 29). I am 65, which I believe puts me on the elderly side of life. I have had no trouble obtaining a photo ID. I have friends older than me, some in their mid-80s, who have had no trouble obtaining a photo ID. I have been to Florida and haven't heard one person say, "Wow, getting a photo ID is the most difficult thing I've done in my entire life."
Get real; securing a photo ID is not very difficult
According to your editorial, not only are the elderly incompetent or incapable, but so are minorities and the poor. Wisconsin must have the most incompetent residents of any state in the union. All you should need for a Wisconsin ID is a birth certificate or photo ID from another state, and there is nothing left to do but pose for the picture.
Why should it be the state's responsibility to be concerned about someone who has misplaced his birth certificate or is too lazy to get a copy? And why is it assumed that the incompetent and incapable only vote Democratic? Is this a new voting demographic? Are Republicans and independents simply more competent and capable than Democrats? If so, how do you explain President Bush?
Get real; securing a photo ID is not very difficult