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Letters to the editor, August 22

No respect for history

From a public perspective, the face of Denton is its beautiful, historical courthouse. From a private perspective, the face of Denton is “ignore, abuse, tear down.”

That’s what happened to Fry Street. The then “slum lord” collected rent without ever putting any money into the buildings until it was time to cash in. Denton lost a huge piece of history that year.

In short, there seems to be no respect for history in an historical town.

The most recent slap is the University House at Texas Woman’s University. The Texas Historical Commission recommended retaining and preserving the house and TWU has deemed it “too costly to restore.”

I’ve lived in my 60-plus-year-old house for more than 15 years. In that time I’ve updated wiring, added insulation and replaced all the plumbing, sewer and gas lines as well as the roof and windows.

That was because the previous owners hadn’t done that kind of maintenance over the years, and I’m committed to taking care of what I own.

TWU, what kind of updating have you done to this historical piece of property in the last 60 years? Maybe you should take a step back (after all, this is the public’s property, not really yours) and commit to pay for things that should have been taken care of over the years.

It’s bad enough that you've been systematically decimating that beautiful old part of Denton by buying properties, razing them and making parking lots, but this? Shame on you.

Danna Zoltner