Column: What’s a Question of the Week, and why do we care?

It’s been a while since we posed our weekly questions, sometimes complex, sometimes utterly straightforward, to audiences in the Snoqualmie Valley, and I’m sad to report that no one seems to miss it, except us.

We put the feature on hiatus a few months back out of necessity, but now that we seem to be back in the sunny season — no one enjoys standing in the rain to talk to a reporter — we’re looking at bringing it back again. The question we have for you this week is, what do you think of that idea?

It’s you, our readers, who we have to ask, because it’s you who we’ll be asking the Question of the Week.

Some weeks, it’s been a huge challenge to find four willing question answerers to put on this page. Maybe it’s because more people want to protect their privacy. That’s a valid reason that we’ve heard more and more frequently in the past year or so.

Maybe it’s as simple as everyone hates having their photos taken, although based on the wide-eyed joy that most kids show when they find out their photos might be in the paper, and the numbers of extra copies of papers that people pick up when they or someone they know is in the paper, I doubt it.

Maybe the questions are too hard, too basic, too political, too religious, too personal, or just too boring. I can believe that. We try to make every week’s question intelligent-sounding and relevant to the current week’s news, but sometimes we swing and we miss.

Which leads me to my next question: What do you want us to ask you about?

In all my years of asking the question of the week, I can’t think of a single time I didn’t hear from someone, whether they answered the question or not, about how much they enjoyed reading it. So we know you’re reading it, and we are guessing you’d like it to continue.

So let us know. Send me an e-mail, editor@valleyrecord.com or call 425-654-4201, to suggest a question for an upcoming issue of your Snoqualmie Valley Record. And thanks for reading.

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