To the editor:

According to the front-page article in Sunday's Eagle ("Newly flush Berkshire Museum seeks public help," Eagle, Dec. 8), the Berkshire Museum is seeking public support after selling most of its art collection.

Why anyone would donate money or art — an anonymous donor is reported to be giving a collection worth $1 million — to an institution that betrayed its public trust so shamelessly is beyond me.

After disposing of its art collection in a desperate effort to make up for a gross failure of management over many years, the museum's trustees should have acknowledged their oversight failures and resigned en masse. That they have not done so speaks volumes about the museum's continuing contempt for the public it purports to serve.

William H. Vogt,