To the editor:

I am remiss in not responding sooner with applause and foot stomping for both Morris Bennett and Anne Roland and for Mary E. Smith for their Independence Day letters appearing in this publication, both drawing wide lines in the sand with their unequivocal reactions to sale of priceless art by this institution, distilling down to a statement of their intention not to contribute one more dime to the museum in its present or projected configuration until there is a wholesale house cleaning.

All we have seen to date is the tearing of garments and the gnashing of teeth by the well-intentioned local art lovers as the treasures are sold, instead of the more appropriate avalanche of past supporters closing their checkbooks as they leave the building.

Well said, folks. The three of you stand tall with heads above the crowd.

Timothy J. Sullivan, Jr.,