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Trail of shame in Bridgewater patient death leads to governor’s desk

I’m glad that Governor Patrick officially called the death of Joshua Messier “disgusting.” What I find disgusting is that it took him more than four years to call it that, and it is only after a newspaper exposed a shameful cover-up by his own officials (“Correction chief, staff rebuked in patient death,” Page A1, March 2).

Kudos to the Globe for forcing the issue here. How many more scandals do we need to experience before we realize that, without political checks and balances and a free press, our government cannot be trusted to be honest. We should all be ashamed to pretend otherwise.

Richard MacDonald

Hopkinton

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