By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
When home inspector Stephen Showalter made his way through a historic home on the Eastern Shore recently, he noticed something a bit quirky.
Mr. Showalter notes that 150 to 250 years of work done in an age before codes and permits can create dangerous conditions down the road.
"The main beam in the home was actually the center keel of a boat," said Mr. Showalter, a Maryland state home inspector whose Showalter Property Consultants frequently deals with older properties. "Back then, people often reused and recycled things."