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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.

Franklin, some folks just aren't that into you

By that I mean they’re not paying attention, despite your best efforts. Allow me to explain.

The powers that be at City Hall in Franklin are to be commended for attempting to keep the citizenry as informed as possible.  That means regularly scheduled newsletters or mailings.  Gee, even an elected official (one at the city level that I’m aware of) may occasionally send out an e-mail, though that’s a rarity. Franklin elected pols still think it’s the 20th Century. Haven’t flipped their technological calendars in 15 years.

E-mail? Communicate to a constituent with a computer? What the hell is that?

I don’t blame city officials at all for what I’m about to write about…AGAIN!

Not your fault, people. Not your fault you work for a populace that is apathetic, doesn’t care, doesn’t read important stuff you send them, would ignore it even if they read it, doesn’t attend meetings, doesn’t stay on top of city news, doesn't read your information, and only complains AFTER receiving December property tax bills.

These are the type that wipe the sleep out of their eyes and ask themselves, “Did they pick up my garbage last week? They did? Good enough for me.”  By the way, lazy, ineffective politicians absolutely love a constituent with this kind of limited thought process.

Today (Tuesday) Jennifer and I woke up to a scene outside our windows we could have easily predicted. Not one, not two, not three, not four, but five of our nearby neighbors failed to get the memo. They left their garbage AND recycling out at the end of their driveways the TUESDAY MORNING AFTER A MONDAY HOLIDAY.

Pick-up today? Not gonna happen.

They, of course, will shake their heads in disbelief and blame the city for a pick-up not picked up.

I’ll bet they also think Franklin taxes are just fine.

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