I would like to respond to Betty Norton's Aug. 10 letter. Contrary to the implication in the letter, having lots of bridge games is a good thing. It effectively uses the Richland Community Center to support a popular game with varying degrees of complexity.
You can enjoy lessons, party bridge or a very competitive game with points awarded by the American Contract Bridge League (the national bridge sanctioning organization).
I play two to four times per week and enjoy competing with all types of people, from the parents of toddlers to retired professionals. The "slots" to which the letter referred are only for one room, and this illustrates a problem with the way the center is managed. All games in the center are restricted to one room, while many of the other rooms sit empty. Why?
All ACBL clubs comply with the rules imposed by the center whether or not they seem necessary. What users don't like are unnecessary rules.
It is unclear what is being done regarding staffing. There are no posted position openings for center staff. Why not make use of volunteers to perform functions currently assigned to staff? Lower cost, improved service -- what's not to like?
KAREN DEMERITT, Richland