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 Franklin School Board recently voted to eliminate busing for private school students attending Saint Martin of Tours, St. Paul Lutheran and Hales Corners Lutheran schools.
Rookie board member Janet Evans wrote in her July 8th blog ripping a FranklinNOW reporter:
“The element of the approved Franklin Public Schools budget draft regarding private school bussing will save you, the taxpayer, $90,000 in School Year 2009-10. “
Forgive me but I’m not impressed by that bit of bragging. Not when the same school board plans to increase spending by $1.14 million dollars while at the same time cry about how tough times are (Translation: We really hate to do this, folks, but we’re going to have to increase taxes).
Please don’t insult the taxpayers’ intelligence when you’re cutting $90,000 on one item but increasing total spending by over $1 million.
Total tax increase over last year in
"Most school boards around the state will be levying to their maximum authority. That's typical of school boards. If we had a 'normal' school board here, you'd see a 5.7% levy increase,” said
Thomas may as well have been referring to
In last Thursday’s paper edition of FranklinNOW, a
13-year old Megan Meier committed suicide because of a cute boy who never existed. Meier was befriended by 16-year old Josh Evans on the social network, MySpace. The one-time computer friend would become a cruel, bitter, insulting correspondent.
On October 16, 2006, Meier, who had a history of depression, a young girl who couldn’t understand why her friend had become so vicious and mean, hung herself in her bedroom closet.
Josh Evans was, in reality, Lori Drew, a sick, twisted, middle-aged woman. If not for Drew's despicable manipulations, Megan Meier is attending college today.
A jury and judge both had chances to swiftly impose tough punishment on Drew. Both failed.
This was bound to happen. A bill is now before Congress, named after the young girl, to prevent cyber-bullying and its sending chills through cyberspace. The fear is 1st Amendment rights will be infringed.
The legislation is broadly written. Here’s an excerpt:
“Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”
Unfortunately, there will always be evil individuals who use the Internet or blogs, not for productive purposes, but to cause serious damage and harm. And while I hate what they do (Drew needs to rot somewhere), I’m not sure a broad-based act of Congress is the answer.
Pamela Geller has some thoughts at Atlas Shrugs.
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