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Rodowicz Formally Assumes Role of BHS President

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Rodowicz joined BHS in 1984 and served in various positions of increasing responsibility, including as chief financial officer.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Darlene M. Rodowicz has formally assumed the role of president and chief executive officer of Berkshire Health Systems. 
Rodowicz, who formerly served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of BHS, began her new role in January of 2022 after being appointed president and CEO by the BHS Board of Trustees. She assumes the role following the retirement of former President/CEO David E. Phelps.
"Darlene has demonstrated excellence, effectiveness, and grace under fire throughout the past two years in the battle against COVID-19. Berkshire County will be lucky to have her at the helm to face any new challenges that the pandemic and the health care industry may send our way," said Trustees Chair Bart Raser following her appointment.
Rodowicz joined BHS in 1984 and served in various positions of increasing responsibility, including as chief financial officer from 2005-2020, when she was appointed executive vice president. Rodowicz holds a master of business administration from Western New England College and a bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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Letter: Playing Ukraine National Anthem at Tanglewood on Parade Was Bad Idea

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

As recently reported by The Eagle in a piece by Clarence Fanto, at Tanglewood on Parade, the Ukrainian national anthem was played. Many in the shed and the lawn stood up in support. While I would certainly concede that Russia is the worst of the two countries in terms of human rights abuses, Ukraine has many despicable aspects to it of which I am highly confident almost all the people standing were ignorant.

Boston Pops conductor Thomas Wilkins said, "The Boston Pops and the Boston Symphony stands with the people of Ukraine, and salutes all who stand for democracy and against injustice, and are willing to sacrifice everything for their freedom." Ironically, Mr. Wilkins also made reference to the rights of the Ukrainian people to have self-determination.

Let me explain why I used the word "ironic." While most Americans do not know it, the present government of Ukraine obtained power by a violent coup in 2014. The Revolution of Dignity, also known as the Maidan Revolution, took place in Ukraine in February 2014 at the end of the Euromaidan protests, when a series of violent events involving protesters, riot police, and unknown shooters in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv culminated in the ousting of elected President Viktor Yanukovych and the overthrow of the Ukrainian government. In a Cato piece titled, "America's Ukraine Hypocrisy," Ted Galen Carpenter writes: "Despite his leadership defects and character flaws, Yanukovych had been duly elected in balloting that international observers considered reasonably free and fair — about the best standard one can hope for outside the mature Western democracies."

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