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.
Got my handy dandy, trusty City o’
The Tornado Siren System is now working!
Hey, hey hey!
Wow, wow, wow!
Surely, some residents were overjoyed to read the news. Don’t count me among them.
I blogged extensively about my opposition to this costly and unnecessary move (They’re easy to find via Google). One blog even cited scientific experts criticizing tornado warning sirens. Doesn’t matter to the
The arguments raised against tornado warning sirens in
1) We’re in a recession. We can’t afford them. Besides, we are taxed too much already in
2) We don’t need them, given the avalanche of information available via TV, radio, Internet, not to mention relatives and friends who have access to our telephone numbers.
3) It’s an antiquated system with no guarantees of successfully reaching all residents (PSST…this one’s important).
The arguments for the tornado warning sirens are, and I kid you not:
1) Everyone else has them.
2) We’ve been arguing about this issue for years and years. Now we don’t have to argue about them anymore.
Given that fiscal brilliance, no wonder our taxes are sky high.
Tornado warning siren opponents, and I was not alone by a long shot (but who cares about the taxpayer at City Hall these days) argued that this system is very old and problematic. Yes, indeed. Problematic, in that, it depends on you actually hearing the damn thing. I’m sure the “We know better than you” crowd at City Hall, including my alderman, Kristen “But if we can save just one life” Wilhelm scoffed and snickered at the very notion that someone didn’t actually see it their way. That’s the new statesmanlike approach at public meetings. Bring up the opposing view, then laugh at and insult the voting taxpayers who have that view.
“The new Tornado Siren System provides
That sounds like this is like a Star Wars force field around the city if a tornado should ever develop. You are saved,
Then comes a line in the newsletter that is priceless with a capital “P.”
First there is, ““The new Tornado Siren System provides
That sentence is followed by, and it’s right out of the “You can’t make this stuff up” file:
“There are times, conditions, or locations,
however, when people may not always be
able to hear the system.”
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!
“What the hell do you mean?” scream the nanny staters.
“You mean to tell me that I may not be able to hear these blasted devils?”
Umm, naïve one, the answer is yes.
Ahh, but the brainiacs at City Hall have thought of everything. You can sign up for a notification system that will send you a phone call or e-mail in the event of:
1) An impending tornado and,
2) It being simply too difficult for you to adhere to TV, radio, the Internet, nasty black clouds, or Judy Garland flying past your house on a bicycle with a dog in her basket.
This begs the obvious question. Couldn’t we have just set up this grandiose notification system without spending a ton of money on 1950’s style warning sirens that as recently as last year in southeastern
Of course not. That would require and mean an act of blatant fiscal responsibility.
Couldn’t possibly have that in