Monday, November 15, 2010

What Is Wrong With This Picture?

Late last week, Carol Berner was sentenced for the crime of impaired driving causing death.

Her victim was 4 year old Alexa Middelear.

After she was sentenced to a shocking and offensively short 2.5 years in jail (which will amount to even less when you consider probation and time served), her and her lawyer had the audacity to suggest that the sentence was "too harsh", and that she "shouldn't go to jail".

Sadly, this is just another (even more vile and disgusting than usual) example of how our society continues to do anything it can to avoid any degree of personal accountability.

I don't care if she's a "good person at heart". I don't care if she "has quit drinking", and is "plagued by nightmares". And I really don't care if she "has something to contribute to society".

She made the choice to drink. She made the choice to get behind the wheel of a car. She made the decision to speed. And as a direct result of her choices, a 4 year old girl feeding a horse at the side of a road is dead.

And now that the time for penance, the time to pay the toll for her choices and the results of these choices, has come - she has the gall to try and appeal the decision, looking for sympathy and compassion from the court.

I think we really need to take a good, hard look at ourselves, and stop allowing ourselves, our family, our friends and our children to make excuses and justifications... because if we don't, then it's only going to get worse.


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