If we as a Tri-Cities community are going to be better, smarter, bolder and brighter, then we need to invest in that which makes this area unique and livable. If we’re going to attract people to want to live here and work here, then we need to provide the type of amenities that will keep them here. I have worked for many years for a variety of public facilities that our community has needed from a convention center to a performing arts center to the Reach. Some have come to pass and some will come to pass ... there is always another time and another place. With open space — once it’s gone it’s gone. I think it’s important for citizens of Benton County to step up and work together to preserve key open space that we enjoy so it will be enjoyed for generations to come. Spokane County has been very successful with this program for many years. I’d hate to think they are smarter and bolder than the people of Benton County. I’ll be voting yes because it’s an investment in our future.