Re Closing the Doors on the Mentally Ill, the News, June 3:
Do you realize how objectionable your June 3 editorial really was? Your remarks about the woman who left the hospital without permission stink with prejudice and stereotyping.
You probably don’t know squat about Kathreen Denbrok as an individual. But what do you care? She’s been pigeon-holed as a psychiatric patient. People get put into categories and dealt with accordingly. That sucks.
Is it really “just lucky” that she didn’t end up in the river? That remark reminds me too much of a personal experience. I had exercised my right to leave a hospital at my discretion, but I was soon recaptured by police. I demanded an explanation. One officer told me they didn’t want me to jump off a bridge! Where did that come from?
Your attitude shows itself again and again when you suggest the missing person was “lost,” as if she didn’t know where she was, and when you use words like “mind-addled” and “these people.” Don’t you understand? The same situation could happen to you, or anybody!