To the editor:

We would like to commend The Eagle for devoting its entire Letters section (Sunday, April 15) to critics of the Berkshire Museum's decision to betray its mission and gut its collection in pursuit of profit.

We all make mistakes, but in this case it is hard to see how those who aided and abetted this move can make amends. They are a disgrace to the Berkshire community, and also to the community of nonprofit museums all over the United States. If they have any shred of self respect, their only course of action is to resign.

But who can be induced to replace them? That's a tough question. Even if it is too late, we want to add our names to the 400 who have already signed the petition to "Save the Art, Save the Museum."

Michel Paul Richard,

Peggy Richard,

New Marlborough