To the Editor:
In the medical profession we place great emphasis on the Informed Decision. We want patients to understand completely, as much as possible, before making decisions regarding their care. We do everything we can to avoid poor outcomes, complications, and surprises. We often have to correct misinformation, educate, listen to concerns, and reassure. Ultimately, we have to create a bond of trust.
We also stress the importance of being proactive. Mammograms, colonoscopies, and checkups are just a few examples of proactive behavior that can save lives. Numerous cancers and conditions are curable and/or have significantly better outcomes when caught early. Being proactive often prevents serious illness or significantly diminishes the negative impacts of a disease.
I urge the voting community members of Berkshire Hills Regional School District to make sure that they have all the necessary information they need to make an informed decision and to vote proactively on Election Day for our children’s future and renovate Monument Mountain High School. There is an abundance of misinformation being disseminated regarding the proposed renovation. I encourage people to educate themselves before making a decision. Please, for the sake of the children, take the time to visit monumentmatters.org. Ask questions and get accurate answers. Visit the high school and see firsthand the physical state of the school.
Finally, I ask that you, the voting members and taxpayers of our community, to put your trust in the experts and educators that have spent countless hours researching this proposed renovation. They have been and continue to be transparent about the entire process. These people have dedicated their lives to education and providing the best learning environment possible to our children. They are the experts and they want what’s best for the children. Let’s remember why they do what they do, be proactive, inform ourselves and do what we know is right for the next generation.
Mark A. Sprague, M.D.