Recent articles in The Eagle have stated it will take up to $613 million to clean up the Housatonic. Without getting into the issues of how harmful PCBs are and the disruption caused by the cleanup, it seems to me that there is a better use of the money.

Using the principle of what is the greater good for the people of Berkshire County, I would suggest the river be left alone and that a $400 million fund be created which each year would distribute 5 percent of its assets through a blue ribbon environmental trust to be used to preserve the Berkshires. Think what local land trusts, Berkshire County Natural Resource Council, recreation groups, lake management groups and so on could do. There could some real creative ideas that might come to fruition, plus the fund should last at least 30 years.