To the editor:

I did not sit on a Berkshire Museum stakeholder group nor was I asked to join one of its focus groups and I am fine with that. I have been a supporter and friend of the Berkshire Museum for many years. Like so many in our community, I reacted to the plan unveiled on July 12 with a mixture of emotion. I was sad to hear that works of art would need to leave our community in order for the museum to remain open. However, I was pleased that the board and staff leadership had taken the time to build a sustainable plan that was thoughtful and responded to community needs. Of course, I still had questions.

Over the past few weeks, I have actively pursued conversations everywhere I went with other members of our community; more importantly I sought out members of the Berkshire Museum staff and board. The opinions varied but the greatest lessons learned were garnered through the educated and informed discussions I had with the museum staff and board members. Not only was there active engagement on their part, but each one communicated that they too were sad and would have loved a solution that kept the artwork in the Berkshires. However, after two years of hard work and analysis it was clear that there was no other path forward.

Now, a month after the announcement, I am struck by positions espoused by the opposition who refuse to acknowledge that this board has already exercised "careful and thoughtful consideration"(Dan Monroe, letter to the editor, August 14) while making this decision. None of those who oppose the sale have a solution other than a pause which will further the slide and propel the museum into a death spiral.

Today, I remain a supporter and friend of the Berkshire Museum. I continue to have tremendous faith in the museum's board and staff leadership and commend them on their willingness to engage in tough conversations among themselves during the planning process and within our community now.

Have a question? I encourage you to ask them directly like I did.

David S. Rosenthal,