The 200-year-old Rose Log Cabin in Frederick is the victim of years of neglect and vandalism. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Regarding the Aug. 13 Metro article “Plan to level historic Frederick cabin hits a wall”:

Whatever the outcome of the Historic Preservation Commission meeting in Frederick, the issue of preserving or demolishing the Rose Log Cabin raises an important problem for district commissions everywhere. On the article’s evidence, the cabin has suffered from neglect. One commissioner reportedly said she would rather see the cabin “turn to dust” than see it torn down. Yet the ability to save historic structures depends on sustaining community support for district laws and institutions. A dismissive attitude toward competing interests on contentious issues, whatever the preservation merit, runs the risk of political demolition by neglect of public tolerance for governmental regulation, which is a community’s most fragile preservation resource.

William Schmickle, Annapolis