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Historic reconstruction is hard on the ears

A Sun front-page headline has never before caused me to catch my breath in astonishment, but "Closing the door on history: Budget squeeze threatens upkeep, renovation of aging Md. buildings owned by the U.S." (Feb. 9) finally did.

Is there a "budget squeeze" at federally owned historic sites in Maryland? If so, what have all the weeks and months of construction at the Hampton National Historic Site been about?

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Close observation of the site as well as a neighbor of 50 years attest to the fact that the Hampton site is well cared for and that the current costly changes are detracting from the site rather than enhancing or preserving it.

Removing deep-seated granite to re-locate a road by jack-hammering it for weeks cannot be for historic preservation.

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So spread out the budget to Cecil County and all those other centuries' neglected sites, and stop the jack-hammering in Hampton.

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Joy Wheeler, Towson

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