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.
I did not attend the annual Franklin School Board charade tonight. Other Franklin bloggers did, I’m sure, and I trust they’ll have commendable reviews of what transpired later.
Why didn’t I attend as I did last August? I’ll tell you, in this order:
1) I don’t trust the Franklin School Board.
Last August, the Board placed index cards in the hands of Franklin pawns, Franklin residents, some of whom had no idea what they were reading, but did so anyway when it was time to make a motion to approve spending increases.
Last August, the Franklin School Board told a crowded room, most of them plants, that they had no choice because the state budget had not been approved and they had no idea how much state aid was coming that they had to increase the school tax levy by 5.6%.
The audience was also told that could change by the time the board set the final budget in October. On Halloween, the scary school board upped the tax levy increase to 5.9%. Later, after some of my digging, we found out that even though the board was told they were voting on a 5.9% increase, they actually approved an 11.7% increase, more than double the increase approved at the “charade” in August.
I’m sorry. I won’t waste an evening being lied to and played like a fiddle by people who put plants in the audience to act like orchestrated robots, reading prepared motions.
2) Their minds are made up.
Wake up, Franklin. They don’t care how many of you show up or what you have to say. They know what they’re going to do tonight, and they know what they’re going to do in October, and if necessary, they know what they’re going to do and say after October.
When has this board or administration shown any indication, no matter how slight it is, that they are going to act with fiscal responsibility?
3) I refuse to be insulted.
That’s what the board does at this “charade.” They pontificate as though they’re acting in the best interest of the taxpayers when in reality their bosses are home, or on vacation, not politically engaged, and unaware that they’re being taken to the cleaners. I’d rather stay home and see what the hateful left is inventing to say about me.
4) My lovely wife and I can share quality time. That beats being frustrated by the “Gang that couldn’t shoot straight.”
5) The Brewers are on TV.
By the way, and I mean this sincerely, read what I consider to be the best blog Bryan Maersch has ever written. He truly captures the folly of the “annual dog and pony show.”
UPDATE: From FranklinNOW
The LPGA is going to require that its members know how to speak English. With TV viewers declining and sponsors growing ever reluctant to advertise, the organization doesn’t think it’s too much to ask if the players, when placed in front of a microphone and camera, be equipped to converse with a predominantly American audience.
As expected, the liberals who work for the press see racism. They see American female golfers being pushed around by golfers from other countries being whiners and complainers. They see the LPGA as being unfair.
You want unfair? How about this.
The Youth Baseball League of New Haven, Connecticut has banned a 9-year-old from pitching. Simply because he can pitch. Boy can he pitch.
Jericho Scott throws about 40 mph. He’s almost unhittable. But the wusses running the League see the young Scott as not being talented so much as he is dangerous. His coach was told Scott must play some other position or the team would be disbanded.
This is yet another clear example of the wimpification of America.
Why does Scott pitch? Because that’s what he does well.
What is his job when goes to the mound to pitch? To do his best and get the other batters out.
And how does the League respond? It penalizes the boy….because he performs to the best of his ability. Instead of serving as an inspiration to other teams to raise their level of performance to match or surpass that of f Scott’s, the League’s response is to punish achievement.
This is the epitome of unfairness. Shame on society and shame on America for allowing this kind of attitude towards our aspiring youth to take hold.
Mark Maley and the IT team at NOW for working on earlier mentioned technical problems with my blog. Your work throughout the day today is greatly appreciated.
One Franklin blogger, Greg Kowalski, has decided to use his usual MO and try to make hay out of this by suggesting I blogged when I shouldn't have. (I seem to recall that he had technical problems as well when he claimed some conspiracy back when he blogged for NOW when his was the only blogger photo that wouldn't pop up from time to time on the home page). Keep in mind that this is coming from a guy who claims to have multiple day jobs.
Just this week alone, Greg Kowalski has blogged 6 times and posted 2 updates on his Franklin Today blog between 9:00 a.m. and 2:45 pm.
In that same period, Monday through today, he has posted 10 entries on his Metro Milwaukee Today blog.
And it's not just this week. Greg blogs frequently throughout the day, every day.
I don't know of any private or public sector employer that would allow an employee to post 18 separate blog entries on company time on his personal blogs in just 3 days.
If I were one of Greg's many supposed employers, I'd keep an eye on him.
This probably means nothing to you readers but the NOW site is having some technical problems with my blog. Some entries I wrote earlier today didn’t post and/or had inaccurate times posted.
The IT people at NOW are aware, have been and continue looking into it.
I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to blog tonight, and I hope the problems are fixed soon.
Earlier today, (despite a glitch that didn’t post my entry at the proper time) I wrote a blog criticizing Greg Kowalski for claiming Franklin aldermen were ready to agree to share the huge cost of a Drexel Avenue Interchange with the city of Oak Creek.
I cited several quotes from Greg clearly showing his belief that Franklin aldermen were ready to make this move. Greg quickly responded pointing to ANOTHER blog entry of his that he says proves his point.
Here’s a quote from that entry from Greg:
“What concerns me today is that our Council will most likely vote on this matter at the next Council meeting, and I think the votes are currently there for passing whatever dollar amount our elected leaders see fit. As far as I see this matter, it'll have at least 3 ‘solid’ votes for spending in Franklin - - Olson, Sohns, and Solomon.”
Greg can try to squirm all he wants to get out of this but he’s flat out wrong. From John Neville’s article today on FranklinNOW.com:
Franklin Alderman Timothy Solomon, who also serves as Finance Committee chairman, said he will consider a partnership with Oak Creek but not make a decision until he gets more data on the project.“Until I see an economic impact study (with) the benefits for the city of Franklin, I will not vote on this proposal,’" Solomon said. “Someone needs to figure out the benefit increase for each community.”
Franklin Alderman Steve Olson said Oak Creek has skipped steps by knocking first on Franklin’s door.“Coming to the city of Franklin for money at this point I don’t think is appropriate. (Oak Creek officials) haven’t approached any other players, including South Milwaukee and Milwaukee County, to involve them. Nor have they gone to the DOT and fought the case that this is a regional issue,” Olson said.
Doesn’t sound like “solid” votes for sending cash to Oak Creek to me.
You can’t blog that people are going to vote for something WHEN THEY’RE NOT. I don’t know why that’s so difficult for Greg to understand, but it is.
Finally, I hope that it isn’t lost in all this that Greg and I actually agree that spending Franklin money for a project entirely in Oak Creek is ridiculous.