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Bridge group chafes under hours limits

To the editor:

Every Tuesday and Friday afternoon a group of sedate senior citizens meet to pursue a hobby that keeps them happily engaged and intellectually challenged. Numbering between 28 and 32, they play Duplicate Bridge in a small room at the Northampton Senior Center. The rental that they pay is approximately $240 a month for six hours a week.

You would think that they would be warmly welcomed as they represent a growing segment of the population constructively involved for two afternoons a week.

But they are not.

The center recently changed its closing time from 4:30 to 4 p.m., but refuses to let the bridge group start a half hour earlier at 12:30. The rationale seems to be that volunteers might want to eat lunch in the same room while there is a cute café within the center. The amount of time severely affects the playing of the game.

Can you imagine a football game without the last quarter?

In these times of budget crunches and uncertainty, flexibility and courteousness will go a long way. The Duplicate Bridge players would love to share the room with volunteers eating lunch!

Anne Bussler

Barbara Miller

Gretchen Sullivan

Northampton

This letter was also signed by 17 others members of the Duplicate Bridge group that plays at the Northampton Senior Center.

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