Many letters have been written about the problems surrounding the running of the Richland Community Center. Here comes one more.
I am a Richland senior duplicate bridge player. Most of the people in charge of the bridge clubs are competent, professional retirees. As I perceive it, much of the problem is because of the lack of trust by management.
For instance, in the Kramer Center, keys were issued to users and when a bridge game ended, the center was locked. Pretty simple. I don't believe there were any problems with this system. I assure you, the bridge players are not out to trash the building.
Originally, the fees paid to the center were paid in a lump sum by the bridge director. To be sure every user pays, players now find their card from a file, attach a dollar bill to it by a rubber band and put it in a basket. The basket is retrieved by an employee, then counted, etc.
Amazingly, we bridge players are listed on the computer, accessible by community center employees, while they use a rubber-band technology.
This distrust has been going on for too long and shows up in many other ways. Let's show some trust in the users as we own this building, too. The experience will be more enjoyable for all
MARJORIE GILMORE, Richland