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It’s Wrong To Punish Charity

Rep. Charlene Lima, D-Cranston, has proposed a fine for drivers donating to panhandlers. In my work, I am often asked what people should do when they see a homeless person asking for money and feel apprehensive about donating. My answer has always been, “Your heart will lead you."

As the founder of the MAE Organization for the Homeless, I agree that panhandling is not the answer for homelessness. But now we are talking about fining people for being Good Samaritans, and helping other huma

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