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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.

I'm from the city and I'm here to shut down your rummage sale...


I have never understood the appeal of rummage sales.

What’s so exciting about driving down the road, seeing a bunch of tables set up in someone’s yard filled with junk they want to get rid of, stopping the car, and jumping out to make a mad dash to see if you can purchase an old lamp, frying pan, or clothes?

It’s not for me but clearly rummage sales are a warm weather ritual in these parts.

Rummage sales are popular.

They are an outlet for people to sell off what they no longer want.

They provide an opportunity for bargain hunters.

Everybody’s happy.

The ventures are harmless.

All good reasons why the government has to get involved and spoil everything.

Based on the recommendations of some bureaucrat who has nothing better to do than to try to justify his position, the city of Racine is considering imposing all sorts of restrictions on rummage sales because, as everyone knows, if there’s any unscrupulous activity the public’s involved in that needs thorough government regulation, it’s the yard sale.

Racine wants to limit when you can hold the sales, how many days you can drag your trinkets out onto your own yard, and restrict the signage you put up to promote your attempt to sell your wares.

You can’t make this stuff up, it’s laughable.

As I’ve written many times in the past, people in power in other locales pay attention to this malarkey. They nod their heads and go, hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

And they start contemplating what an absolutely superb idea this would be in their own little hamlet. That's how this baby was born. Racine stole this incredibly dumb idea from other places that already have the law on the books.

Government intrusion where it doesn’t belong…….bothering women, for the most part, who simply want to sell or buy old stuff.

Read about this nonsense, and here’s an editorial panning the idea.

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