To the editor:

I've been following the Berkshire Museum controversy for awhile now. At first I was encouraged by the thoughtful and reasoned discussion by both sides. I agree with the museum on its new trajectory for the museum's future. Those with opposing views say they have sympathy for the museum's difficult position yet offer little beyond "let's talk," along with a lot of angst and a healthy dose of condescension.

Of course this raises the question of where those now concerned voices were the past 2 1/2 years? The museum certainly didn't keep the process a secret. Also, where were the concerned checkbooks these past decades? Gathering to hold hands and sing Kumbaya may make some feel better but it won't get the job done.

Now the debate is devolving into letters based on insult and presumptions of another's desires. No, the museum's volunteer board is taking the "bull by the horns" and deserves either our support or fact-based viable alternatives. Spewing invective only demeans the process and the source of the insult.

Jim Martin,