(THE NEWS/files)                                Ivan Drury and other uninvited activists are not welcome in Maple Ridge, according to letter writer.

(THE NEWS/files) Ivan Drury and other uninvited activists are not welcome in Maple Ridge, according to letter writer.

Letter: How long on homeless merry-go-round?

We must wake up and acknowledge that there are those who can not take care of themselves.

Editor, The News:

Round and round we go. How long will we be on that homeless merry-go-round?

It is clear that it will never stop, unless we deliberately stop this runaway train and go in a totally new direction.

That direction, I suggest, begins with Ivan Drury and other uninvited activists. Whether it is a power trip, stroking their own ego, or promoting themselves for personal gain, we don’t need or want them here.

Send them packing.

Next, like all of us who need to be registered in a variety of ways, including proof of identity, in order to obtain the services we need or want, all the homeless must be required to do the same, for them to receive these same services, such as hospital and other care facilities, doctors and more.

This is the senior governments’ mandate.

Following that, we must wake up to the fact and acknowledge that there are those who just can not take care of themselves and need to be in an institution such as Riverview.

Next, it is senior governments’ obligation to provide this assistance to those who are capable to function with help, such as the mentally and physically impaired.

That leaves the able bodied ones, who, after being registered, will need to find employment, which is available for those that genuinely want to better themselves.

No doubt there are many businesses, organizations and churches that are eager to give them that opportunity.

I am also sure that the influx of freeloading newcomers will dwindle drastically as soon as word goes out that there is no more free ride here in Maple Ridge, and who knows, we may be a template for other municipalities to follow.

Walter Verwoerd

Maple Ridge