Rapid Responders

March 30, 2009

By Contributor

We recently asked our Rapid Responders to tell us their favorite  April Fools’ gag. (If you hurry, you can probably still pull one of these off.)

I come from a very small town in New Zealand. One day, the radio told us that the Concorde was going to fly over at 10 a.m., so just about everyone went out to look. April Fools!Paul Stewart, Issaquah

I put my son’s car up for sale at a ridiculous price on craigslist. His phone would not stop ringing! He loved it!

Matthew Balkman, Issaquah

For April Fools’ Day here at work, we have in the past turned someone’s desk around to face the wall and then taped their desk drawers shut from the inside. We try to be respectful, but sometimes, you just have to do something silly.

Michele Forkner, Issaquah

For April Fools’ Day, tape open the kitchen sink sprayer and point it towards the unsuspecting user of the sink.

Maynard Pillie, Sammamish

Short-sheeting a bed is fun. Carefully fold the top sheet so the top looks normal, but its bottom is tucked underneath at the top.

Laurel Jo Redecker, Issaquah

When I was about age 13, I short-sheeted my parents bed and sewed up the hem on my Dad’s pajama bottoms while they were out for the evening. The outcome was definitely not worth the anticipation.

Suzanne Suther, Bellevue

We also asked our Rapid Responders this question: What do you think of traffic cameras being used to catch speeders?

There will be a learning curve. But in the long run, it is an excellent deterrent.

Don Burnett, Issaquah

Anything to keep our roads safer. The cameras free our police force to keep us safe in other ways.

Jesica Sartell, Issaquah

These cameras may not have been needed, if all students were to ride the tax-paid school buses or were law-abiding drivers.

Ken Sessler, Issaquah

Fine, but the 20 mph from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. is over the top.

Connie Marsh, Issaquah

I think it is a good idea. It saves manpower, so the police force can concentrate on catching the bad guys.

Becky Wilder, Issaquah

I’m always happy to contribute to our city’s coffers in these tough economic times. Will I be able to order 8x10s and wallet-sized photos?

K.S. Asmus, Issaquah

I don’t have any concerns about the cameras and “Big Brother” as long as there is “due process” and a citizen has an opportunity to participate. Even speeders have rights.

Michelle Kolano, Issaquah

I don’t think traffic cameras are a deterrent. So, if they’re not a deterrent what are they? A source of cash.

Rick Fournier, Issaquah

More cameras should be used in more places.

Jim Harris, Issaquah

Opinionated? The Press wants you!

Join our e-mail group — Rapid Response. You give us your name and e-mail address. We send you questions regarding the news. You tell us what you think. What could be easier?

We’ll e-mail you a variety of questions. Answer one or all of them! Respond by the deadline in the e-mail and we’ll get your thoughts into the newspaper.

We’ll edit for clarity, space and potential libel, then select a variety of responses and run them on a space-available basis.

Send your name and e-mail address to editor@isspress.com. Put Rapid Response in the subject line.

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