To the editor:

As a former Hinsdale resident and listed artist, I'm saddened by the reckless proposed sale of the core of historic county paintings from the Berkshire Museum. These paintings were given or purchased to provide generational exposure. The paintings are core holdings. This is our DNA. While it is true that some painting styles change, these paintings represent a foundation of the finest and will never go out of style. They can never be replaced.

Auction collectors will vie for the Rockwells but they, and other well known artists, are the county's treasures and should remain so. There must be another way to raise funds or modify the current proposals to incorporate the best of the new ideas.

Allen Freshler,

Hartford, CT