On behalf of the Glenwood Community Sr. Bridge Club, I would like to respond to Mr. Lacey’s comments about our bridge group which were published in the May 8 edition of The Lance under the heading "An afternoon at the local bridge club".
We meet because of our common love of bridge. We have an excellent turnout each week and as Mr. Lacey pointed out, it is a fun social outing and at the same time is a good workout for our brains.
It is unfortunate that Mr. Lacey is more concerned about the physical state of our players (in his words: "VERY senior citizens" and "sedentary beings") than he is about enjoying a good game of bridge with skilled players. It should be pointed out that age and physical appearance have nothing to do with the way the cards fall and the way in which they are played.
You are correct when you state the rationale in using cue-cards, but there is no need to apologize to ‘regular players’. They are very useful for the hearing impaired and also for visually reviewing the bidding.
After reading his column, it is obvious that he is having some issues with the fact that he is growing older, and is frantic to point out that he is certainly not in the same category as the people in our seniors bridge group!
We’re sorry that you feel we are ‘beneath’ you, Mr. Lacey, and hope that you can find more suitable activities for your social and intellectual stimulation through the upcoming years. And may you not be made to feel inferior as you approach the ‘very senior’ demographic! We also hope that your negative comments will not influence others that may be thinking of joining our group.