, Salem, MA


February 19, 2014

Our view: DCF chief must go


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.

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