A homeowner in Waukesha for 20 years, Steve is president of the Waukesha Dog Parks Organization and enjoys motorcycling, fishing and staying on top of politics.
Since my daughter-in-law and granddaughters were killed by a convicted drunk driver, the flurry of action has diminished. Where I used to pass over news about another death from a drunk driver, I now carefully read it and empathize with the innocent person's survivors. My family's life has changed.
A committee meeting in Madison regarding stiffer penalties for drunk driving was canceled. There were not enough members to form a quorum. The excuse was they had things to do because of the flood. Really? Or was it an excuse to procrastinate and hope that the outrage would subside and they wouldn't have to deal with the matter?
It seems to me that we are like animals watching as one of the herd is taken down by a wolf or bullet or car. We don't understand what happened and continue in our life cycle of existence. As we concern ourselves with what's happening on TV and in Hollywood, sports and business, the drunks continue to kill brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers. They not only take away from unknown victims, they ruin the lives of their own family and loved ones.
Hundreds of people have read my blogs about possible solutions including cheap, disposable breath analyzers. Yet nothing is discussed. Not so much as if it's a dumb idea or a good one. Train horns and the mayor's wardrobe seem to be more important to people. Never the less, my son Mike, his family and in-laws will continue to cry out. Even if it continues to fall on deaf ears.
I do want to praise Fox New Six and Ted Perry for not forgetting and doing a wonderful follow-up recently. Mike has spoken to many reporters, but Ted was concerned about Mike as a person rather than a news item. So much so that he called Mike during a break on the news just to see if he was doing OK after seeing the story. The lead-in to Mike's story was the report of another drunk driver that killed a pedestrian. The drunk was released on bail and ordered not to drive or drink alcohol. Yeah, like that will stop them. Insanity is performing an act over and over but expecting different results. Will judges ever learn that?