It is an undebatable fact that libraries are essential to the advancement of education in any community. The leadership in Tacoma is working to improve the level of education in our city, but at the same time does nothing to keep the Swan Creek Library open.
The test scores attained by schools on the East Side seriously lag behind the level desired by the state. Time after time, good libraries have been shown to help raise test scores. The token offered by the city leaders is to expand the Sunday hours in the downtown main branch.
Do these city leaders seriously expect the citizens who live in the area currently served by the Swan Creek Library to get on a bus and come downtown? Children and adults who need the library would be further disadvantaged by closing Swan Creek Library.
(Thorpe, a retired teacher, is a former Metro Parks commissioner and Tacoma port commissioner.)