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A low blow

Dear Editor:

It is disappointing to read about the way Ryan Olsen, the “downtown wanderer,” is being regarded by this paper.

If you spend any time around Ryan, you quickly discover that he is suffering from mental illness. For city prosecutor Jim True to say that a warrant should get Olsen’s attention is laughable. Does Ryan even know what day of the week it is? Does he have an understanding of where and when he is supposed to show up for this court date?

While it is understandably frustrating for law-enforcement officials who are handling these situations with Ryan, and he cannot be allowed to have outbursts in public places, to think that threatening a person suffering from mental illness with arrests and court dates is going to resolve any of the issues is unrealistic. It will become a never-ending, vicious cycle.

A different approach is obviously needed for this man. However, taking pictures of Ryan (from behind) and writing an article about him when he obviously can’t defend himself seems akin to shooting someone in the back. Nice cheap-shot.

Ginny Dudley

New Castle

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