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E-postcards can spread the word on Federal Way | Letters

Federal Way has a lot of good things.

We have local natural features of beauty such as the Puget Sound, Mt. Rainier and the Hylebos. We have a community with a variety of social, cultural and benevolent organizations such as the Historical Society of Federal Way, the Kiwanis and the Federal Way Symphony. We have the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, the wonderful Federal Way Community Center and Celebration Park’s many ballfields and tournaments.

We should promote the positive things in Federal Way by letting out-of-towners know about them. Disseminating information about the good things in Federal Way by word of e-postcards would be an inexpensive way to spur interest in businesses and sporting events, things that can increase our economic development, to locate here.

One simple way to start would be to promote and use already available email postcards to “advertise” Federal Way’s good points. Here’s an example. During the Olympic diving trials, I asked folks in the bleachers from Nebraska, Arkansas and Iowa if they knew they could send e-postcards, with a picture of the diving platforms at our pool, to their friends for free. All they needed was access to the Internet, and most people have that, even when traveling.

They were very happy to learn about this, as they could conveniently show their friends and relatives the facility and send a message about what they were doing here. At the same time, all their positive comments about Federal Way, sent around the country, were good publicity for our fair city. Maybe they even sent an e-postcard to someone seeking a location for another diving venue. It’s certainly possible.

You too can send an e-postcard and help advertise Federal Way. Go to www.federalway.org and click on the “Send a Federal Way e-postcard” box on the right hand side of the page.

Choose the picture for the front of your e-postcard from the available selection of Federal Way photos. Fill in your name, your friend’s name and email address, write them a positive message about Federal Way and click “Send postcard.”

They will then receive by email a photo from Federal Way, a description of the feature and your personal message.

There are only a few postcard photo choices now, but I hope the city will add more, like the Denny Cabin, pictures of local wildlife (a blue heron?), a view of the Olympic Mountains from Dumas Bay, etc., to help us showcase our city.

I visualize people sitting at soccer tournaments, visiting the sand-sculpting competition, or doing a multitude of other things in Federal Way — and then emailing what they did and how much they enjoyed it to many, many friends via this e-postcard site.

Who knows what their good, positive comments may do for Federal Way? It even shows that we are tech-savvy here with the idea of e-postcards.

We may be the local postcard leader, as I don’t think Seattle or Tacoma have any, yet. Why not try it and promote Federal Way by sending e-postcards to your friends?

Margaret Nelson, Federal Way



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