Saying ‘sorry’ just isn’t enough

A few weeks ago a nurse friend of my wife’s was driving to work at 6:30 a.m. in Seattle and she was killed by a drunk driver. On Saturday morning I read in The Herald that Councilman Brian Sullivan was arrested for driving drunk. In the story he say’s, “I’m just sorry.” Sorry for what, that he got caught or that he drove drunk? He said it shouldn’t affect his duties. My wife’s friends duties were disrupted permanently because she’s now dead. I don’t care if his duties are disrupted. I think he has a much more important problem.

What could have happened is, an innocent person, driving at the same time as Sullivan, and just trying to get home to their family, could be dead because of his total disregard for anyone other then himself. I wonder if Brian thought about that. Probably not or he wouldn’t have gotten behind the wheel, maybe. A car driven by a drunk driver is a weapon. Usually a weapon that only hurts the innocent. Does Sullivan regret this incident enough to not let it happen again? I wonder. But then, if one really cared, especially after such a tragic accident as with my wife’s friend was reported, they would never drive drunk.

When I was young, my mom’s car was hit by a drunk driver and we were rolled into someone’s lawn. He tried to run. We were lucky to survive. So even with as many mistakes as I make, drunk driving won’t be one of them.

This should affect Sullivan’s job.

On Tuesday morning, I read another article about Sullivan, and noted once again how he said, “I’m just sorry.” So if he’s so sorry, then why when in court did he plead “not guilty?

Michael G. Reagan

Edmonds