My memories don't include ever hearing of Steven McGovern before, but then again, I have forgotten a lot of stuff already. So, I was a bit surprised to see that Steven McGovern was dead at age 60. Some of the stories mentioned alcoholism and Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome.
George and Eleanor McGovern had also lost a daughter to alcoholism several years ago. There are no guarantees from being associated with good or responsible people or with fame or fortune that they will offer anyone protection from the drug alcohol.. The deadly sad addictive powers of alcohol are illustrated when alcohol kills a family member and other family members keep drinking anyway. So much for my sermon on that.
The Steven McGovern obituary can be found now at link below:
Some information on the Wernicke-Korsakoof Syndrom can be found at link below:
Learn more about what alcohol can do to you besides giving you throat cancer and destroying your liver.
My condolences to the McGovern family and my condemnation to the slime in the liquor industry who generate misery and tax costs to responsible citizens not even remotely covered by the taxes on alcoholic beverages.
Your legislators should be increasing taxes on alcohol by several levels of magnitude and also requiring licenses to purchase alcohol which are effectively debit cards which can only be started or re-loaded at County Treasure's offices. Every bottle or can of alcoholic beverages should have name of seller and buyer lasered onto them. Licenses to purchase alcohol should be revokable if user is demonstrated by DWI arrest or family, coworker filings regarding user addiction.
In addition to the slow death by alcohol of Steven McGovern, the region also had at least two innocents relatively suddenly killed by drunken or impaired drivers.
Thirty-six-year-old Tracy Handel was killed this past weekend in a motorcycle/jeep crash on 26th Street and Grange Avenue in Sioux Falls.
She was riding with her friend, 41-year-old Sean Burns. According to police, 41-year-old Darren Boomgarden was drunk when he caused the crash.
Their motorcycle was slowing down for a traffic signal at the intersection of 26th Street and Grange Avenue in Sioux Falls when it was hit from behind by Boomgarden's jeep.
News like the above is repeated perhaps 10,000 times each year in the United States likely adding at least $600 to the costs of every man, woman, and child in the US .
Alcohol is not your friend and neither are those profiting by the sale of alcohol.
*** Stay tuned-- drink good water and drive sober --- Doug Wiken