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.
For five years, Canadian Lincoln Clarkes photographed more than 400 women heroin addicts in Vancouver's downtown Eastside. Above: A young woman prepares to inject heroin as she sits cross-legged on the sidewalk.
CBS News reports the following this week:
“On an icy night last month, a man entered a grocery store here (Point Pleasant, NJ), walked past the displays of cake mix and paper towels, and went into the bathroom, where he injected himself with heroin.
“Hours later, the man was found dead in the bathroom with a needle still in his arm, authorities said. They believe the man was one of more than 80 people across the country who have died in recent weeks after injecting heroin laced with fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiate.”
What to do about heroin?
Today, the state Senate approved three heroin-related bills. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
"The first of the proposals would make people immune from criminal prosecution for drug possession if they brought a fellow drug user to an emergency room or called 911 because they believed the person was suffering from an overdose. That bill doesn't provide immunity for drug dealing or other drug crimes.
"Another bill would allow any first responders to administer naloxone if they are trained. Known by its brand name of Narcan, naloxone counteracts overdoses from heroin and other opiates. Currently, only certain emergency medical technicians are allowed to administer the drug, and the bill would make it more widely available.
"A third bill would allow communities to create programs to dispose of prescription and illegal drugs to curb abuse of substances that can lead to heroin use. A fourth measure would require people to show identification to pick up prescriptions that are considered to have a high potential for abuse."
The state Assembly has already approved these bills.
Richard Peiper Sr., the non-executive chairman of PPC Partners Inc. in Milwaukee suggests a comprehensive approach involving parents, grandparents, educators and administrators, community leaders, especially business leaders that focuses on character education, that is, teaching our youth to develop civic virtue and moral character.
Peiper writes in the Biz Times, “Show the world that no mother or father needs worry about a meeting with the medical examiner. We’re not about clean needles. All children go to school; we can meet them there. If we get our schools involved in character development by promoting universal virtues and modeling caring, adult behavior, we can defeat the horrors of heroin or any hideous epidemic. Our goal is to prevent them.”
Another take comes from Wisconsin Conservative Digest Publishers Bob and Jean Dohnal. Their latest opinion piece is brutally blunt. Here’s a lengthy excerpt that deals with the heroin issue:
Another Committee??? Milwaukee Blows It Again!!!
If it wasn't so sad it would be hilarious. We have a heroin epidemic that is going to kill lots of kids, so, what do we do?? Form another committee?? How lame can you get?? And the Journal, MMAC and the rest of the community stands silent. Is there anyone alive in Milwaukee? Where is their leadership?
Headline was that Ald. Mike Murphy announced the forming of a major committee to examine the problem of heroin addiction in the community. Examine? What Baloney! We do not need another committee to examine and study the problem, we need action and leadership.
If the Journal, police, Barrett and Flynn, had put the same time and energy into the heroin question that they did in finding that damn fiddle we might have something. Pulling 40 homicide detectives from duty, to find a violin, is worse than outrageous, it is appalling.
There is at least 100 years of research on heroin addiction and they all say the same thing: Just like an alcoholic, you are never cured. You are just one hit away from falling onto the abyss again. Check out Phillip Seymour Hoffmann. The only thing that works is prevention.
So what are we doing here? A mediocre job of policing the peddlers and at the same time Ald. Murphy and the rest of the Left are advocating the worst possible thing to do: the legalization of the number one gateway drug: POT.
What I do not understand is why we have a gutless, worthless newspaper, along with the same type of political leadership that does not poke some holes in this charade.
What should have happened, six months ago, was for Barrett and Flynn to have the same big press conference that they had for the violin and announced a hard hitting plan, with the DA, on the sales of the drug and whatever else can be done to stop the kids from starting this disaster. There are some TV ads that are fairly good.
We have to be thankful that we have TALK RADIO to address these problems because the rest of the community is gutless.
This approach, form a committee, is what the politicians do when they have no idea what to do, and want to just deflect criticism. After all, what are a few dead inner city kids anyway? They are not as important as some fiddle. There is a group of people that believes that whatever happens to these kids is earned, that they will never be anything than wards of the state anyway.
Milwaukee can run a world class music festival and cannot figure out what to do with a heroin epidemic.
Bob and Jean Dohnal, Publishers
Wisconsin Conservative Digest
12th Annual Wisconsin Conservative Action Conference
March 29, 2014
(By the big ski hill)
By Wisconsin Conservative Digest
Bob and Jean Dohnal, Publishers
11324 W. Potter Rd.
Wauwatosa, WI 53226-3407
Starting at 0700 with the prayer breakfast, then a presentation on the "War Against Christianity" by Jake Jacobs. From there we will get presentation and tables for the top conservative organizations in the country and how we can all work together. Sponsorship is $250 for table, lit and presentation.
After that Charlie Sykes will have a panel about the "War on Crime" we must wage in Milwaukee as their inept leadership has caused us to be one of the top ten most violent cities in the country. Panelists: David Clarke, Glen Frankovis, Brad Schimmel and Mike Nichols.
Then we will have presentations by numerous legislators about taxes, Common Core, education, the UW system, economy, and global warming.
We will have a presentation on "What War on Women" chaired by Vickie McKenna, with Kayla Gabrielse, Rebecca Kleefisch and others.
There will be a pizza/spaghetti lunch.
In the afternoon we will have a summit on "Common Core" and its deleterious effects on education in Wisconsin headed up by Karen Schroeder.
American Majority will have a campaign school and a special school on social media that can help anyone with their campaigns, political work, issues and even your business programs.
You can sit in your chair and cuss at your TV day after day or you can get out, get trained, work on campaigns, work on issues, work with legislators, the governor for positive Conservative programs.
We must activate the grassroots conservatives in this campaign. We cannot depend on a small group of people in Mad City and DC. We must do it ourselves. You can run all the TV spots, literature, radio and it always comes down to the people in the trenches. Lincoln: "Find every Whig and get them to the polls.”
Attendance: $15 per person, Students Free. We love donations and they go back into the newspapers and the future programs.
Attendee $15___________Students, Free____________Student Sponsorships_____________Donations____________ Sponsor $250 Group__________________