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Dark side of holiday lights | Federal Way letters

(RE: "Federal Way saves money on holiday light bill")

Your article states that all Federal Way trees will be lighted by Nov. 25. Today is Nov. 30, so I will assume that all the lights are up that will be put up.

I drove down 320th Street this evening, dumbfounded by the appearance of the lighted trees. Only the bottom half of the trees are lighted. Your article stated that the city was going to reduce costs this year by lighting every other tree. That would in effect cut the cost by half. It seems that the crews that decorate the trees had a different idea of how to cut the cost in half. They have lighted only the bottom half of the trees.

I started to giggle when I saw these trees. I could imagine the headline in The Mirror reading, "Federal Way cuts holiday lighting cost in half." The picture accompanying this headline would be a tree with lights on only the bottom half of the tree.

It would be a worthy submission to Jay Leno, but probably not the example of smart leadership that the city of Federal Way wants to project.

It did get a laugh out of me, however.

Ann Hardwicke, Federal Way

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