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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 (12/04/10)

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of this just in
Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it
s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAY:  Snow showers. High of 31.  "F"

SUNDAY:  Morning snow showers, windy. High of 26.  "F"

My lovely wife, Jennifer has been dealing with a teething baby angel this week.


Yours truly is stepping in to guest blog on my very own blog. That means a bit more edginess to The Barking Lot this week.





As I observed this week what was happening in Brookline, Massachusetts, I couldn’t help but think of Franklin Alderman Steve Taylor.  One of his top priorities recently, and I kid you not, was to ban dogs from being off leash when off owners’ properties. 

My, what a clever devil he is. I guess dogs running off leash at any dog park in Franklin would be……..hmmmm……..AGAINST THE LAW!

What a relief that incredibly serious problem has been addressed here in Franklin.

Now, think about it.

A dog park.

Anywhere in the good ol’ US of A.

What would one expect a dog to do at a dog park?


Run with reckless abandon?

Run without a leash?



The local authorities (remember this is Massachusetts) see this as a revenue enhancer. They’re Democrats, folks. They can’t help themselves.

If it’s not nailed down, Democrats will find way to tax it.

In  Brookline, Taxachusetts, the local Park and Recreation Committee is pushing a plan to charge Brookline residents $50 a year to allow their dogs off the leash in any of the 14 local parks.  The fee is per dog, and anyone who doesn’t live in Brookline would pay $100 a year.

Most of us realize that a fee is a tax.

It’s not as low as you can go (Jim Doyle's tax on nursing home beds is especially scummy), but c’mon. A tax, and that’s what the hell it is, to take your dog to a dog park and take the leash off so that the dog can run around playfully with other dogs for a few minutes?

I guess the Democrats that are just aghast by such a proposition are like the mom in the movie The Christmas Story whose son wants a BB gun. Her reaction? You’ll shoot your eyes out.

Can’t have dogs running loose in a dog park, dad gum it!

Needless to say, dog owners that possess common sense are not happy.

About 66% of those that responded to a Boston Globe survey were opposed to the fee. Why? Because they used the brains God gave them.

The newspaper’s out of touch liberal editorial board, like so many others around the country (and they wonder why circulation is plummeting) reacted huffing and puffing, writing:

“Ideally, Brookline could pay for the position through its general fund. But money is tight. Organized groups like sports leagues already pay for permits to use the grounds. While dog owners may see themselves as individual park users, the city can’t afford to.

Leveling a fee on dog owners that amounts to less than $1 a week is a better choice than simply ignoring one of the town’s longstanding bones of contention.”

The fact is no other group is being targeted for fees, i.e., taxes in Brookline parks except dog owners. Fairness doesn’t matter to liberals. If there’s a chance to charge a fee or tax, they will jump immediately.

Dog owners in Brookline, keep fighting!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

Should airport screening go to the dogs?

Dog burned alive gets day in court thanks to a cellphone.

"Contact voltage"
electrocutes Seattle dog.........MORE.

Amazing Caine
doing well after losing three inches of his tongue.

Earless puppy finds home.

Dog saves Marine in Afghanistan.

Dog found in tornado ravaged home.

Amy Hunt has saved over 500 dogs.

Wyoming pastors rescue stranded Wisconsin dog.

Wisconsin woman devoted to saving disabled dogs needs help.

A dog mural is the subject of a lawsuit.

A fee to unleash your dog at a dog park?

Sixth grader wants to expand beach access for dogs.

Philadelphia looking for
"spokesdog" to educate about the evils of dog waste.

10 human remedies that are poison to dogs.

Mona is the perfect dental assistant.

Is it a good idea to
bring a dog to work?

Show dogs stolen, then found.

Pampered stray dog leaving Chicago for Utah.

It's a dog's life at the
White House this Christmas.

A dog rescuer's
12 Days of Christmas.

10 reasons why you should get a dog.......instead of a facelift.

Congratulations. You may now kiss the.......

That’s it for The Barking Lot.

Thanks for stopping by.

We close with our closing video.

A wounded airman receives a guide dog.


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