Insist that BHS correct a 'wrong situation'

To the editor:

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Attributed to Edmund Burke

According to the Blue Mountain Meditation Center site: "Mahatma Gandhi has said that to be well adjusted in a wrong situation is very bad; in a wrong situation we should keep on acting to set it right. When Gandhi, at the peak of his political activity, was asked in a British court what his profession was, he said, "Resister." If he was put in a wrong situation, he just could not keep quiet; he had to resist, nonviolently but very effectively, until the situation was set right."

In North Berkshire we find ourselves in "a wrong situation". The 37,000 residents of North Berkshire are without a full service hospital. Berkshire Health Systems will not commit to open a full service hospital in North Berkshire equal to Fairview Hospital in South Berkshire.

North Berkshire residents deserve equal access to health care. They deserve the same standard of care that South and Central Berkshire residents enjoy. Berkshire Health Systems must do the right thing. It has the resources but lacks the will.

It is time for all good men and women to resist this wrong situation. Contact your elected officials and Berkshire Health System CEO and demand that they use their 42 million dollar fiscal year 2014 surplus from BMC and Fairview Hospitals to establish one standard of care for the whole county.


BHS has the ability to correct this wrong situation. BHS has to produce the will to do so. It is the right thing to do. Open a Fairview North in North Adams.

I will not keep quiet. I will not adjust to this injustice. I hope others will join me in this resistance. Please call for justice for the poor, elderly, and sick of North Berkshire.

Richard Dassatti, North Adams