Even that liberal canard doesn’t hold here.
It’s to the children:
Fire the commissioner of the Department of Children and Families?
OK, so some kids are dead, or missing or living with convicted felons who may or may not be sex offenders, although we’re not really sure because one-third of the department’s social workers aren’t even licensed.
So what? Olga Roche is going nowhere.
Haven’t you read the glowing tributes to Olga from her nearest and dearest that were posted on Friday, attesting to her impeccable credentials?
This, from the Spanish American Center: “We are very proud of her Latino heritage.”
What more do you need to know? You cannot fire this wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences, to coin a phrase.
Olga also gets a thumbs-up from Juan Gomez, who identifies himself as “president of the largest minority multi-service provider” in the commonwealth, who spends his days trying to “reinforce support for minority communities.”
Wait, wouldn’t a number of those children be minorities? So the [bleep] what?
They’re mounting basically the same line of defense as the local NAACP did for jailbird ex-state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, a combat veteran of the War on Women. Some people just can’t be fired, because … well, just because.
Henriquez had kidnapped and beaten a women (he was convicted of two counts of A&B); he was led into the State House in handcuffs for his expulsion vote (146-5). The NAACP took his side.
Next, we have Maria Z. Mossaides of the Children’s League of Mass. She writes how great Olga is for all the DCF “stakeholders.”
Wouldn’t the actual children themselves be the ultimate “stakeholders” in DCF?
But leave it to Gov. Deval Patrick to point the finger of blame right where it belongs — at this newspaper. Once again, everything is the Herald’s fault. Just as we did with the DTA, we have “destabilized” the department by reporting … anecdotes.
There’s an old saying, patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. In Deval’s case, blaming the Herald is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
We all understand the sympathy he feels for Olga. He knows what it’s like to be in way over your head, in a job for which you have next to no qualifications. He remembers his doomed (although extremely lucrative) tenures at Coke and Texaco, after he finally passed the bar exam on his third try.
The columnist, Howie Carr, is very hard on Governor Patrick, but deservedly so. This is appalling failure of the state to do the minimum job required of it: to take care of its powerless and vulnerable wards.
But it is hardly the only lapse. My particular favorite is the state drug lab:
The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts urged the state’s highest court today to dismiss all of the 40,000-plus criminal cases tied to Annie Dookhan, the state chemist whose falsification of test results in drug cases led to the worst scandal to hit the criminal justice system in years.
Which is saying something from the people who brought you Whitey Bulger!
But how many innocent people were wrongly convicted? And how many guilty convicts will be wrongly freed? The ACLU may have its head far, far up its collective backside, but it’s right in this case. Under the governor’s watch, tens of thousands of criminal cases were ruined, the innocent and the guilty wrongly convicted. The line for lawsuits forms to the right.
PS: Others opt for the New England Compounding Center scandal.
The owners and insurers of the bankrupt Framingham pharmacy blamed for an outbreak of fungal meningitis that killed dozens of people last year have tentatively agreed to contribute more than $100 million to compensate victims and creditors of the firm.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that at least 751 people contracted meningitis or other infections from the pain shots, including 64 who died in 20 states, making it one of the largest cases of tainted drugs in US history. Overall, as many as 14,000 patients received the tainted injections, and, beyond those diagnosed with meningitis, some reported suffering fatigue or other symptoms.
Federal inspectors found dirty mats, black specks floating in vials, and other signs the room was contaminated.
“Federal inspectors”? Where was the state?
Critics say compounding pharmacies, which custom-make medications for individuals who need speciality drugs not available elsewhere, have not traditionally received enough scrutiny because they are mainly overseen by states, rather than the US Food and Drug Administration….