SINT MAARTEN – “A new phenomenon? How can we as a community collectively alleviate some of the pain endured by those who find themselves at the bottom of life's pit?” queried businessman Michael Ferrier over the weekend.
“Without finger pointing, without blaming someone else, without cursing government.....How can we make a difference in the lives of those that need help professionally, mentally, financially, health or otherwise?
“What is legally possible? What, if any, are our social catch-net shortcomings? Can those amongst us that are destitute, be forced to accept help in the form of a hot meal, a shower, some clean clothes, and occasionally a place to rest?
“Besides the sad story of each of these unfortunate persons, as an island nation that relies on tourism, it behooves us to make a difference, one homeless person at a time,” concludes Michael Ferrier.