The beautiful pictures of historic buildings attracted me to reading "Closing the door on history" (Feb. 9), about how many of those structures are woefully short on maintenance due to budget cuts. To support the idea that the cost of such maintenance is over budget, the article focused on renovation of the Perry Point grist mill as a training site and as a small museum. But "to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the agency would have to install an elevator." An elevator? It's a two-story, 300 year old building! Maybe more old buildings could be saved if the requirements were more realistic in this economy.

Kathleen Younkin, Columbia

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