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.
Back in March, I blogged about the ridiculous strip search of a 13-year old girl by idiotic school officials in Arizona who were in desperate search of ibuprofen. I wrote:
“What happens to the inside of a brain of a supposedly trained and educated school official when the school bell rings and kids file in for the day? How stupid can you be?
It’s unfortunate that the highest court in the land has to decide for the country what should be common sense.”
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. My only question is, what took them so long?
The school employees who humiliated little Savana Redding, if they’re still employed which is a good bet these days, should be terminated.
The updated story…
WTMJ’s Charlie Sykes discussed the Franklin Little League story on his program today from shortly after 10:00 until about 11:30.
You can hear the first hour here that begins a few minutes into the podcast.
You can hear the continuation of the program here.
I received a lengthy, thoughtful e-mail today from a source close to the Franklin Little League story who sides with the Little League. However, in the long e-mail, this individual tells me Devin Baehr was nominated for All-Star consideration. The e-mailer then writes, “I can not begin to guess as to why Devin did not receive a single vote.”
Not a single vote? You can’t tell me there’s nothing fishy about this.
In my original blog, I wrote that the Rockies were 0-4 since Devin Baehr left the team. They are actually 1-3 since Devin's departure and I apologize for the error.
Devin's father denies he used profanity in a discussion with Franklin LIttle League officials and denies he refused to shake hands with one of them, as were the allegations made by a Franklin Little League Board member on my blog. Unfortunately, there has been a lot of he said/he said that has emerged during this story.
I have also received a handful of e-mails suggesting that I have a personal relationship with the Baehr’s. I’ve never met them, seen them, or heard of them until recently. They are not my neighbors. The only contact I’ve had with father and son is one brief phone conversation.
Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor has informed City Department Heads and members of the Franklin Common Council the city faces a $1.8 million revenue shortfall for 2009 and a $1.4 million revenue shortfall for 2010.
Taylor has implemented a hiring freeze on vacant positions (with the exception of seasonal positions) effective June 18, 2009. No vacancy can be filled without the written approval of the Mayor.
The directors of Administration and Finance and the Treasurer have been asked to develop ways to reduce the shortfalls. Mayor Taylor has asked Department Heads to cooperate with them and to help come up with ways to reduce or eliminate expenses withing departments.
In a memo to department heads, Mayor Taylor wrote, "I may need to ask you to prepares 5%, 10% and 15% reduction scenarios in net budgets if additional budgetary issues surface."
Taylor said freezing of vacancies is a good place to start, and that alternatives are needed to avoid or minimize employee layoffs.