Mary Hall: A nightmare that continues to haunt us all

Signs, flags, flowers and wreaths are placed at the entrance to the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke in April 2020.

Signs, flags, flowers and wreaths are placed at the entrance to the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke in April 2020. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Published: 04-08-2024 6:05 PM

I agree with Don Michak that much more attention to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home debacle is needed, but differ from his view that the Gazette should dig into the matter now [”Dig deeper after scandalous court ruling in Soldiers’ Home case,” Gazette, March 30]. Very much inquiry has already been done, from journalists around Massachusetts and from state investigators. Now, historians can begin to draw from all of those resources to help us all better understand.

In my own readings, I have sensed Bennett Walsh to be the principal guilty party; however, a flawed chain of responsibility resulted in the state government’s failing to fire him well before the pandemic.

It is truly a tortured tale, a nightmare that must continue to haunt us all, but most especially those whose loved ones suffered.

Mary Hall

South Hadley

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