In response to Shannon Goodwin's letter on Aug. 5, "Preserving open spaces." As a second-generation builder, born and raised in the Tri-Cities, I'm certain that there is a clear understanding of what open space is and the benefits it provides to our community. I support a balance of development and open space (whether it's undeveloped land, parks, etc).
But I'm tired of people being hypocrites. To those determined to protect open spaces, take a look at your houses. It was built on an area that was once open space or could have been a park. Building those houses probably displaced animals, flowers and sagebrush, but for many that's OK because it's their house. It seems that most people who complain about development and a lack of open space don't do so until after they have their little piece of paradise.
But today, no one else should be able build on any "leftover" open space?
KYLE LaPIERRE, Kennewick