(The following article published by the Palm Beach Post was written by Paula Ryan who is running for Mayor of West Palm Beach)
JANUARY 5, 2019 – PALM BEACH POST
As West Palm Beach we began a New Year, I was awakened by the cries of fear and panic from two of my constituents. A homeless, deranged person had attacked the woman and her dog, and a scary disturbance was unfolding on Flagler Drive. As the city commissioner for the downtown area, I am all too familiar with the homeless problem. There are many ways in which we should widen our lens when we talk about ways to address the negative impacts on a community. Such as the idea that a person’s circumstances are shaped by their willpower, character and choices and the belief that the only solution to homelessness is direct remedial services — such as clean beds and hot meals.
photo source: Palm Beach Post