To the editor:

I agree with those who have written in dismay and shock regarding the idea of the Berkshire Museum selling off its most prized works. Pittsfield has endured a lot of loss in recent years and should not have to take another huge blow to our identity. As we now know, for two years the museum's director and board of trustees have spent their energy and resources in planning a "re-envisioning," i.e., gutting, instead of figuring out how to preserve the priceless works in the collection.

Directors and boards come and go, but the words "permanent collection" and "code of ethics" still count for something, don't they? I hope the museum will reconsider these plans.

Cynthia R. Gardner,

Pittsfield