It is said that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. The story “150-year-old vacated home demolished” [News, Aug. 9] showed what’s wrong with Brookhaven’s one-size-fits-all fix for problem houses.

The town’s aggressive action is welcomed by people concerned with dangerous structures and related activity. The problem is that no care is given to a building’s community value.

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Blue Point is a nice residential community with suburban ambience and significant history. But in the last four years, we’ve lost two 150-year-old homes. This is using a sledgehammer to fix a manageable problem. Across the nation, many towns work hard to preserve history. Something’s very wrong with how our town approaches this question.

Ed Silsbe, Blue Point

Editor’s note: The writer is the president of the Blue Point Community Civic Association.