I am very disturbed by the changes in the programs at the Richland Community Center. It is time for the center to live up to its inception promise when the bond was on the ballot in 2001. It was to provide "recreation, fitness, education and social opportunity for all ages."
When the Kramer Center was to be replaced, the Richland Senior Association led the way in raising the money and support for the bond because of this promise. The community center was not built to be an office space or space for party rental.
Some programs are slowly disappearing because of increased fees and requirements. Bingo, Richland Duplicate Club, Cribbage, Bridge Buddies, Dominoes, Bunco and Pinochle are the activities that are going, gone or playing next to the TV set. Was this done to save space for the center's new purpose -- office space and party rental?
Several very popular bridge games are now being forced out through red tape. Such programs much enjoyed by the residents who voted for the center and are paying for the bond should be maintained as they are, if not expanded. The management should uphold the original inception promise -- a recreational center for its citizens.
MARON WANG, Richland