Posted by Richard Hine, managing editor of The Almanac, on Dec 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm
Richard Hine is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
I'm sorry that our recent story about Ryan Ferrari has caused so much consternation among members of the family and others who are posting here.
The story's intent was to tell how a friend will remember Ryan Ferrari for his honesty and reliability, for his candor and sincerity, and how much he will be missed by this friend and others. "He just had that kind of rare personality that you couldn't forget," said James Ronstadt.
And the comment from Ryan's uncle and godfather: "You could always count on Ryan for an honest opinion. It was always in a polite way. He was just a really nice guy."
Mr. Ronstadt's comment on Ryan's driving habits, not mentioned until the second to the last paragraph, is what has drawn most of the criticism. True, this is just one person's opinion. Someone else, including the uncle, had a different opinion, and that is pointed out in the next sentence.
We thought the comments were relevant. I understand that others see them as unnecessary and insensitive. We are sorry if they caused consternation for members of the family. That was not our intent. Our intent was to present the views of this friend and a member of the family about how they would remember Ryan.