In the matter of Harmony Montgomery, age 7, missing for more than two years, New Hampshire is going to need more than the “it takes a village” platitudes coming from New Hampshire’s outgoing child advocate. New Hampshire needs a full and transparent audit and accounting of any and all interactions that state and city agencies may have had with the little girl whose fate remains a mystery.

Gov. Chris Sununu needs to make sure that this happens. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker needs to do the same, as a part of the story happened in the Bay State. If the two are not already talking about this, they should. A joint investigation may be best. It may also reduce the finger-pointing as to whether Harmony “fell through the cracks” or whether government incompetence occurred.

Moira O’Neill is leaving her job as child advocate. Her Sunday News interview regarding the Montgomery girl was less than reassuring. She said nothing about what her office might be doing in the case as it relates to the Division of Children, Youth, and Families, for which she is supposed to be the watchdog.

Instead, she said, “the solution is in people caring about each other.”

If you see something, saying something, in other words.

All well and good, to be sure. But the caring here must begin with the public pressing to find out just which of its agencies had what role, if any, in the welfare of a single little blonde-haired girl whose pixyish smile no one may ever see again.

Gov. Sununu needs to get this done, now.

The 24-hour tip line for information on Harmony Montgomery is 603-203-6060. A reward of $94,000 has been established.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Modern word-speak has become too much for us. We have long since ignored much “breaking news.” It is seldom news, and being the first to post a press release is hardly shattering.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

So long as the facts don’t get in their way, the proponents of reviving costly commuter trains to Boston will continue on their way. Witness Mayor Joyce Craig and friends’ current hunt for the best place to park trains overnight.

A bill in the legislature to outlaw vote-counting machines is a solution looking for a non-existing problem. We have to wonder if this is another attempt by supporters of Donald Trump to persist with his intentional lying about the 2020 presidential election.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

The Biden administration is overdue for a booster shot. The efficacy of its public health messaging is clearly wearing off, as more and more Americans become less and less confident in what it says.

Mayor Joyce Craig, confronted with what looks like a nice little pay scandal in the Manchester Fire Department, has her “policy director” out with the standard government-issue response.

Friday, January 14, 2022

The local landlord is a go-to bad guy in the pantheon of Bullywood villains. Trotted out to help a young Vito Corleone emerge a don in “The Godfather,” a landlord is pressured not to evict, but instead even to lower the rent, for a tenant who squanders a below-market lease by keeping a dog a…

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

In the matter of Harmony Montgomery, age 7, missing for more than two years, New Hampshire is going to need more than the “it takes a village” platitudes coming from New Hampshire’s outgoing child advocate. New Hampshire needs a full and transparent audit and accounting of any and all intera…