A judge halted the building of a new restaurant on the site of the Maine Maid Inn ["Judge halts landmark inn construction," News, July 1]. I just don't understand this. The building was in complete disrepair, and unless the Landmarks Preservation Commission intends to build a brand-new museum, it's a complete waste of time.

I understand the antebellum history, but this is making a monument out of a molehill. A statue or plaque at Syosset Woodbury Park or the Jericho Public Library would be a fitting tribute, and people could see it every day.

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A brand-new building, workers and customers would be welcome sights to replace another crumbling, empty building.

Kevin H. Fox, Jericho