Thursday, October 06, 2005

Not fit to fend for himself...

Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez used the recent dumping incident as the platform for this piece.

We appreciate his highlighting that the justification given for hustling a person "not in a fit state to fend for himself" to one of L.A.’s most dangerous neighborhoods was for the person’s protection. The irony is even greater with the knowledge that Byron Harris was subsequently held for a 72-hour emergency psychiatric evaluation, which means that he was sick enough to meet California’s stringent eligibility standard for that intervention.

We are even more interested in Lopez’s comments on those who are homeless and mentally ill in Norway, or - more precisely - that there are none.