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Letter to the editor

Reader calls for history protection

April 13, 2011 - Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to recent news articles characterizing the City of the Village of Clarkston Historical Commission.

I do not reside in the city. However I am a resident of Clarkston who enjoys the quality of life that our historic downtown area brings to the community.

I find it hard to believe that anyone purchasing a home in the downtown area of Clarkston would not be aware that they live in a designated historic district.

Clarkston has a rich history that is worth preserving. I take pride in the history of downtown Clarkston and I applaud the Historical Commission for taking steps, albeit futile, to preserve the integrity of Clarkston's historic district.

We cannot bring back the past, but we can honor it with awareness and stewardship.

The early settlers of Clarkston had a deep appreciation for the town and helped make our excellent community what it is today.

The historic roots of the City of the Village of Clarkston were the victims in this situation, not the residents who chose to ignore the fact that they purchased a home in a regulated historic district.


Dana Litherland

Independence Township

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