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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, dismantle the tornado warning sirens

A few years ago Franklin became the final municipality in Milwaukee County to install big, bulky, antiquated 1950’s-style tornado warning sirens.  I argued against them. You can Google what I wrote. Better yet, let me do it for you.

I lost out to the “Well everybody else has them” and “If they can save just one life” crowds.

I submitted that a far better alternative was a weather radio. At the time, that position was correct.

Weather radios are still a good choice, cheap and reliable. The sirens, however, definitely should go…now. Rip them out. Take them down. There's no longer any need.

Sirens should be replaced by

Franklin has this program in place. So again, why do we need the sirens?

(Yes, some still support the sirens. I believe there's enough science demonstrating they're ineffective.)

BTW: It CAN be done.

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