EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Breaking News

Merrimack Valley

February 17, 2014

Editorial: Patrick, Roche must accept responsibility for missing boy


Patrick, as is his habit, was more concerned about the sensitivities of his bureaucrats and cronies than about the children he and his agencies are charged with protecting.

Our blase chief executive, fresh from a vacation in Switzerland, had his minions release statements from advocates praising Roche.

He also told a TV reporter that Roche has lots more experience with and knowledge of child welfare issues than those who have called for her resignation.

She also has far more missing and abused children on her resume than her critics do.

Oh, well.

Or as Patrick said in response to the firestorm of criticism:

“Well, I hear it and I understand it, it’s kind of a customary thing in politics that when someone or something goes wrong people call for someone’s head on a platter.”

Well, yes, governor, it’s customary, and even proper, in politics and out, to hold someone accountable when something goes not just wrong but horribly wrong on their watch, like losing track of an abused 5-year-old in your care. At least, it used to be.

It’s time for Roche to go.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Merrimack Valley

Eagle-Tribune News Videos
Photos of the Week