Letters to the Editor

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Tag: pierce county library system

Nov.
29th

LIBRARY: Details needed in case for e-book sales

Re: “Publishers being Scrooges when it comes to e-books” (Viewpoint, 11-28).

Pierce County Library System Executive Director Neel Parikh asked citizens to demand that publishers sell more e-book titles to libraries, and at lower prices. But she did not explain how publishers and authors are paid by PCLS for e-books, and without that information citizens have no way of knowing whether this is a fair request.

Is there a royalty system based on the number of downloads, much as music publishers, writers and performers are paid when their recordings are played publicly? If no such royalty system is in

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Oct.
29th

BUSES: Fund county, not Pierce Transit

Pierce County is looking at cutting the budget for the sheriff’s department and corrections. The Pierce County Library System is cutting $3 million from its budget, a large portion coming from reducing purchases of books, DVDs and CDs. Community Connections and parks are both taking cuts.

A temporary, two-year .03 percent sales tax would generate a 10 percent increase annually in the county’s general fund. This would allow for fuller funding of services that would benefit the entire county.

Is our money better spent on a variety of county services that impact more people in the or long-term commitments to

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Aug.
24th

LIBRARIES: Should city, county systems merge?

Re: The 2011 Pierce County Library System’s Annual Report to the Community.

I was very impressed by the facts and figures in the report. It would be nice to see the Tacoma Public Library produce such a report. In fact, has anyone given thought to combining the two library systems since Tacoma’s system has to make big budget cuts and there seems to be a duplication of services?

This may be a politically charged issue but should be evaluated and acted on it if it is feasible and would benefit the taxpayer.

I love both library systems and hope

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