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October 3, 2012

Letter: Governor seen as 'Great Enabler'

To the editor:

There’s no shortage of evidence that this governor of Massachusetts will go down in the Commonwealth’s history as the Great Enabler.

His sway over legislators to practice the fine art of indifference enables those who wish to prosecute tyranny and anarchy against the citizens of Massachusetts.

Regarding of the swirling reports of a miscarriage of justice perpetrated by chemist Annie Dookhan of the state’s crime lab facility, “it’s a total failure of the chain of command. The governor has to know his appointees are doing their jobs, and the appointees need to watch their own people,” says David Tuerck, executive director of the Beacon Hill Institute, a conservative think tank.

Mr. Tuerck understates the obvious. At the very least, you have incompetence and a lack of basic management controls, but at worse and what is far more likely is that a state government replete with politically favored appointed positions creates ripe conditions for malfeasance and corruption.

We witnessed the same degradations with the Probation department 18 months ago. As of this writing, the governor’s official public response to this crisis has been virtual silence.

It is without precedent that this governor presides over an administration that has failed in every possible way in upholding their sworn duty to defend the enlightened principles of “commonwealth.”

In effect, those inclined to prosecute tyranny and anarchy are enabled with this administration.

This dereliction of duty will continue to flourish until such time that, through intense scrutiny and a collective effort of citizens a zero tolerance of corruption and incompetence is corrected through the ballot box by replacing the current administration with those aligned with the public’s interest.

JOE D’AMORE

Groveland

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